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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 Chelmsford

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice when buying a home constructed from conventional building materials such as brick & tile, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Chelmsford

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Chelmsford) will also be conducted by a RICS accredited surveyor and is more thorough. Opt for this for non standard , for example thatched roof houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Chelmsford

    This is a professional valuation . This report is often chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same.

If the Chelmsford property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make significant alterations on the Chelmsford property, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it will give a thorough analysis of the Chelmsford property's condition along with more detailed advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get an instant Chelmsford Home Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a 1980-built home in Chelmsford and spotted a gap below the skirting board in the bathroom. What subsidence-related defects will my HomeBuyer Report examine?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture accumulates below ground level. This may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Merely superficial cracks not caused by subsidence can be repaired with filler and repainted. In extreme weather,

movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however. Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Maple, lime and horse chestnut trees should planted no closer than 20m to the property itself. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

Gas flame

Does the Chelmsford surveyor check the condition or the safety of the gas mains supply?

Your local surveyor will locate and visually check out the easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will include the meter location/position as part of the survey, as well as gas connected fixtures e.g. fixed external ventilation hearths. Gas fittings will not be dislodged. Of course, gas can be dangerous, should you have any worries about gas fittings, call a gas safe engineer.

Gas Safe firms in Chelmsford include Fixed Fast of 63 Oak Lodge Tye, Chelmsford, Essex Tel. 08004320183 and Peter Coultrup of 2, Norton Road, Chelmsford, Essex Tel. 07980874623.

Building Surveys on houses

We are acquiring a shabby Victorian bungalow property in Chelmsford, do I need to go for a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey is now dubbed a Building Survey. This is now the most appropriate RICS survey if buying an altered house, for example a property in poor condition Chelmsford house. It will typically give thorough and critical advice concerning the homes construction and uses on top of any maintenance needs, following a thorough visual inspection of any accessible parts.

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same.

If the Chelmsford property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make significant alterations on the Chelmsford property, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it will give a thorough analysis of the Chelmsford property's condition along with more detailed advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get an instant Chelmsford Home Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a 1980-built home in Chelmsford and spotted a gap below the skirting board in the bathroom. What subsidence-related defects will my HomeBuyer Report examine?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture accumulates below ground level. This may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Merely superficial cracks not caused by subsidence can be repaired with filler and repainted. In extreme weather,



movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however. Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Maple, lime and horse chestnut trees should planted no closer than 20m to the property itself. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

Gas flame

Does the Chelmsford surveyor check the condition or the safety of the gas mains supply?

Your local surveyor will locate and visually check out the easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will include the meter location/position as part of the survey, as well as gas connected fixtures e.g. fixed external ventilation hearths. Gas fittings will not be dislodged. Of course, gas can be dangerous, should you have any worries about gas fittings, call a gas safe engineer.

Gas Safe firms in Chelmsford include Fixed Fast of 63 Oak Lodge Tye, Chelmsford, Essex Tel. 08004320183 and Peter Coultrup of 2, Norton Road, Chelmsford, Essex Tel. 07980874623.

Building Surveys on houses

We are acquiring a shabby Victorian bungalow property in Chelmsford, do I need to go for a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey is now dubbed a Building Survey. This is now the most appropriate RICS survey if buying an altered house, for example a property in poor condition Chelmsford house. It will typically give thorough and critical advice concerning the homes construction and uses on top of any maintenance needs, following a thorough visual inspection of any accessible parts.

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