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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 Building Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Chatham

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice when purchasing a property built from standard building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Chatham

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Chatham) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this for non standard , for example timber wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Chatham

    This is an independent valuation of the property. This report is chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing 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 for a house in Chatham and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Chatham property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap, but it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Chatham property's condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Chatham House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about pests in the Chatham building we plan to buy - Is a Property Survey advisable?

Properties will often be free of major pest problems. However, if you do have specific concerns, you should seek advice. This concern should be taken seriously. Evidence may not be easy to find. For example, irritating cluster flies will hibernate in Autumn, but will return every year without treatment. Treatment for an infestation may include use of poison. If you strongly suspect an issue with dust mites, or any pest, speak to your RICS surveyor

Asbestos roof tiles

A builder friend noted there is an asbestos tank situated in the home. Why would there be asbestos, is it dangerous, can it be remedied and What should I do?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material. Some types are found in the building materials such as walls. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good sound absorption qualities and it may be found in wall panelling. Technically all forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately deadly and might lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung following prolonged exposure. Its existence does not necessarily constitute a risk to health.

If found, care should be taken never to damage it and professional advice must be taken immediately. Getting rid of asbestos can be costly but absolutely must be conducted by experts. Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos on a Chatham home survey. However they will report on suspected asbestos and will recommend relevant tests.

Stone block wall damage

Can structures partially constructed with stone cause issues for buyers? Are there specific defects to consider? Does the surveyor give advice on this?

There are numerous of defects and issues associated with stone-built property. Issues including staining affect many stone-walled properties. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include use of traditional methods to maintain older walls.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Chatham and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Chatham property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap, but it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Chatham property's condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Chatham House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about pests in the Chatham building we plan to buy - Is a Property Survey advisable?

Properties will often be free of major pest problems. However, if you do have specific concerns, you should seek advice. This concern should be taken seriously. Evidence may not be easy to find. For example, irritating cluster flies will hibernate in Autumn, but will return every year without treatment. Treatment for an infestation may include use of poison. If you strongly suspect an issue with dust mites, or any pest, speak to your RICS surveyor



Asbestos roof tiles

A builder friend noted there is an asbestos tank situated in the home. Why would there be asbestos, is it dangerous, can it be remedied and What should I do?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material. Some types are found in the building materials such as walls. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good sound absorption qualities and it may be found in wall panelling. Technically all forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately deadly and might lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung following prolonged exposure. Its existence does not necessarily constitute a risk to health.

If found, care should be taken never to damage it and professional advice must be taken immediately. Getting rid of asbestos can be costly but absolutely must be conducted by experts. Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos on a Chatham home survey. However they will report on suspected asbestos and will recommend relevant tests.

Stone block wall damage

Can structures partially constructed with stone cause issues for buyers? Are there specific defects to consider? Does the surveyor give advice on this?

There are numerous of defects and issues associated with stone-built property. Issues including staining affect many stone-walled properties. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include use of traditional methods to maintain older walls.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.

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