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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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 Chester

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if buying a property made of standard building materials such as tile and brick, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Chester

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Chester) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this survey when buying a non standard , for example stone or older properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Chester

    This is an independent valuation . It is usually chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Chester and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is effectively the same survey.

If the Chester property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap however it does offer a more detailed analysis of the Chester property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

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

Timber damage by insect larvae

My husband spotted signs of pests in the closet - What should we do?

Any questions about pests affecting a Chester building may not be asked by the lawyer. An affected building may not always be easy to identify. As an example, the smell of ammonia in or behind cupboards may indicate mice, even if no droppings are found. Remedies to pests can include use of poison.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Chester. I am particularly concerned about the state of the roof. What should we investigate during the survey?

Homes in Chester with no other major issues can often hide issues with the roof like. All aspects of the roof should be reviewed, from the sheeting to the valley gutters. Factors like amateur repairs are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

The expense of asbestos cement removal, or other major roof work, means that some owners put it off for as long as possible. This is a false economy, as such issues can lead to more severe general structural problems. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a roofing contractor in the local area a quote for any suggested work. Speak to Kynaston H D of 2 Ormonde Rd, Chester, CH2 2AH on 01244 383923 for an estimate.

Chimney stacks

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Chester property, can you give some examples of Condition rating 2 defects for chimney stacks?

Defects which need some attention are rated 'amber' or condition rating 2, but they are not considered to be urgent or serious. They may also require frequent upkeep. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for home purchasers deciding whether or not to purchase a house or flat. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. Chimney stacks should be examined from ground level. A missing or damaged firestop would be reported here, for example.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Chester and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is effectively the same survey.

If the Chester property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap however it does offer a more detailed analysis of the Chester property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

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

Timber damage by insect larvae

My husband spotted signs of pests in the closet - What should we do?

Any questions about pests affecting a Chester building may not be asked by the lawyer. An affected building may not always be easy to identify. As an example, the smell of ammonia in or behind cupboards may indicate mice, even if no droppings are found. Remedies to pests can include use of poison.



Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Chester. I am particularly concerned about the state of the roof. What should we investigate during the survey?

Homes in Chester with no other major issues can often hide issues with the roof like. All aspects of the roof should be reviewed, from the sheeting to the valley gutters. Factors like amateur repairs are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

The expense of asbestos cement removal, or other major roof work, means that some owners put it off for as long as possible. This is a false economy, as such issues can lead to more severe general structural problems. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a roofing contractor in the local area a quote for any suggested work. Speak to Kynaston H D of 2 Ormonde Rd, Chester, CH2 2AH on 01244 383923 for an estimate.

Chimney stacks

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Chester property, can you give some examples of Condition rating 2 defects for chimney stacks?

Defects which need some attention are rated 'amber' or condition rating 2, but they are not considered to be urgent or serious. They may also require frequent upkeep. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for home purchasers deciding whether or not to purchase a house or flat. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report. Chimney stacks should be examined from ground level. A missing or damaged firestop would be reported here, for example.

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