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Valuation
Property
Valuation
Homebuyer
Report
Building
Survey
Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
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Identify potential problems
such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including inspecting roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building from ground level
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Can help you negotiate a better property price
Where problems are discovered or a lower valuation is given, buyers are enabled to negotiate a lower buying price
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Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy-to-understand format
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Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
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Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
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Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
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Exhaustive report
a more indepth survey on construction, issues and defects
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Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
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Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
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Ongoing maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
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Building reinstatement costs
Included for insurance purposes
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Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
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Appropriate for unusual property types
Suitable for a older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
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Advice for your solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.
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Which Home Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Caversham

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen if planning to buy a property made of conventional materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Caversham

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Caversham) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard e.g. stone properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Caversham

    This is an independent valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Caversham and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Caversham property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Caversham property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Caversham House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be the source of maintenance problems for Caversham home? Does the Caversham HomeBuyer Report cover this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

Whether a house was built in 1709 or 2009, factors as varied as snow or mould can create difficulties for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in several issues. Specific problems include considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. For example, cracks along the kitchen wall may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. A Caversham surveyor will take into account and clay soil

related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

Conservation area

Are there any issues I should check on when buying a home in Caversham near a conservation area?

There are over 9, 000 of conservation areas in the UK which are overseen by local authorities. Surveyors in Caversham are required by RICS to have sufficient knowledge of local factors and any effect they have with the property. House prices will likely be greater due to them being unspoilt. However many are falling into a state for example - out of keeping extensions

RICS surveyors are trained to advise whether the property is/might be classified as such and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of the Homebuyer Report will recommend further enquiries are raised during the legal process. Unauthorised extensions to the property may also be advised but these are really more a investigated by your legal adviser. Caversham Solicitors Ltd are based in 51A Church Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8AX might be prepared to advise. Tel: 0118 947 8638

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect can wet conditions have on a building, and does our home buyers survey mention it? Could damaged guttering lower the property value?

As a frequent surveyor of homes in the region, I find it strange that the impact rainfall can have on buildings in Caversham is not considered. One indication that rainwater goods are damaged is corroded downspouts. Blocked rainwater goods can result in rising damp.

These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to remedy, if not neglected. However, if the drains are not cared for, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Caversham and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Caversham property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Caversham property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Caversham House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be the source of maintenance problems for Caversham home? Does the Caversham HomeBuyer Report cover this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

Whether a house was built in 1709 or 2009, factors as varied as snow or mould can create difficulties for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in several issues. Specific problems include considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. For example, cracks along the kitchen wall may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. A Caversham surveyor will take into account and clay soil



related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

Conservation area

Are there any issues I should check on when buying a home in Caversham near a conservation area?

There are over 9, 000 of conservation areas in the UK which are overseen by local authorities. Surveyors in Caversham are required by RICS to have sufficient knowledge of local factors and any effect they have with the property. House prices will likely be greater due to them being unspoilt. However many are falling into a state for example - out of keeping extensions

RICS surveyors are trained to advise whether the property is/might be classified as such and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of the Homebuyer Report will recommend further enquiries are raised during the legal process. Unauthorised extensions to the property may also be advised but these are really more a investigated by your legal adviser. Caversham Solicitors Ltd are based in 51A Church Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8AX might be prepared to advise. Tel: 0118 947 8638

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect can wet conditions have on a building, and does our home buyers survey mention it? Could damaged guttering lower the property value?

As a frequent surveyor of homes in the region, I find it strange that the impact rainfall can have on buildings in Caversham is not considered. One indication that rainwater goods are damaged is corroded downspouts. Blocked rainwater goods can result in rising damp.

These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to remedy, if not neglected. However, if the drains are not cared for, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.

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