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  Mortgage Valuation
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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 Property Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Christchurch

    The Homebuyer Report should be selected if you are purchasing a property built from standard building materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Christchurch

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Christchurch) is also carried out by a RICS accredited surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. timber frame buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Christchurch

    This is an impartial valuation . It is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Christchurch and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the Christchurch property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give exhaustive analysis of the Christchurch property's general condition as well as an opinion on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Christchurch Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Can clay soil foundations cause difficulties? I am buying a house in Christchurch. Does a HomeBuyer Report discuss soil composition the report?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a property. Specific problems include movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. There may be little evidence of underlying defects, such as a difficult-to-open kitchen window. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered. Parcels of wet soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned there is a risk of powdery brown asbestos walls situated in the property. What is asbestos and what are the risks?

Asbestos is a potentially deadly fibrous structured mineral. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White and they were commonly used in building materials for example roof tiles. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic including tensile strength qualities and it may be found in roof gutters. Technically all forms are dangerous and can lead to lung cancer or asbestosis following prolonged exposure.

If found, care should be taken however, never to remove asbestos. Professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. Never endeavour to remove it yourself.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Christchurch home survey. However, surveyors will mention suspected asbestos risks and will recommend professional testing.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Can I get an independent and professional valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as rebuilding a retaining wall) and what does it include?

Homebuyer Reports include an impartial valuation and a Reinstatement Cost. To ascertain the market value your independent surveyor will take into account experience of property in Christchurch as well as other factors relating to the property e.g. general condition Surveyors also evaluate construction type and will draw upon other assumptions such as the property isn't on a land fill site.

A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Please call for information. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor relies on standard assumptions that there are no expensive legal issues for example no problematic restrictions. These will be investigated by your solicitor or licensed conveyancer..

Further Christchurch conjectures, like the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to Christchurch environmental issues like local Christchurch industrial considerations, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Christchurch and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the Christchurch property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give exhaustive analysis of the Christchurch property's general condition as well as an opinion on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Christchurch Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Can clay soil foundations cause difficulties? I am buying a house in Christchurch. Does a HomeBuyer Report discuss soil composition the report?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a property. Specific problems include movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. There may be little evidence of underlying defects, such as a difficult-to-open kitchen window. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered. Parcels of wet soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.



Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned there is a risk of powdery brown asbestos walls situated in the property. What is asbestos and what are the risks?

Asbestos is a potentially deadly fibrous structured mineral. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White and they were commonly used in building materials for example roof tiles. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic including tensile strength qualities and it may be found in roof gutters. Technically all forms are dangerous and can lead to lung cancer or asbestosis following prolonged exposure.

If found, care should be taken however, never to remove asbestos. Professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. Never endeavour to remove it yourself.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Christchurch home survey. However, surveyors will mention suspected asbestos risks and will recommend professional testing.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Can I get an independent and professional valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as rebuilding a retaining wall) and what does it include?

Homebuyer Reports include an impartial valuation and a Reinstatement Cost. To ascertain the market value your independent surveyor will take into account experience of property in Christchurch as well as other factors relating to the property e.g. general condition Surveyors also evaluate construction type and will draw upon other assumptions such as the property isn't on a land fill site.

A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Please call for information. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor relies on standard assumptions that there are no expensive legal issues for example no problematic restrictions. These will be investigated by your solicitor or licensed conveyancer..

Further Christchurch conjectures, like the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to Christchurch environmental issues like local Christchurch industrial considerations, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

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