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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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What HomeBuyers Survey is the best choice for my intended home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Cotswolds

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected if planning to purchase a property made of standard building materials i.e. tile & brick, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Cotswolds

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Cotswolds) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this option for non standard , for example wood frame homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Cotswolds

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation of the property. This is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Cotswolds and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Cotswolds property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it will give you an in-depth analysis of the Cotswolds property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant Cotswolds Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Shocking Electrics

When I saw the period property I expect to move into I saw that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses, will a Cotswolds Homebuyer Report advise on the electrical system condition?

When preparing a Cotswolds Home Survey the home surveyor will typically comment on the overall electrical system if it looks like the electrics are in a less than satisfactory state of repair. This should include a by sight inspection of the accessible parts of the wiring in addition to potential areas for concern such as examining the category of any electrical fittings in bathrooms or checking the condition of a representative sample of light fittings. Inspecting the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by an electrician will usually form part of the survey.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a property in Cotswolds and saw that the dining room door frame was skewed, could this be evidence of subsidence? Is this a urgent danger, and what solutions are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement usually occurs in more modern structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new structure within a few months to make good any settlement cracks.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and begin to slide downward. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Property Surveyor consider on a smooth stucco coated regency house in Cotswolds.

Stucco is just a form of render. Usually stucco render is layered over brick hardens to form a smooth and even finish. The effect is very beautiful and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency buildings. it can be prone to defect and Surveyors sometimes highlight defects such as horizontal hairline cracking that follows the underlying mortar joints

Another example of problems associated with stucco might result from the burden of heavy load such as cracking under the roof joists. Resolving problems can be costly as craftsmen are getting harder to find.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Cotswolds and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Cotswolds property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it will give you an in-depth analysis of the Cotswolds property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant Cotswolds Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Shocking Electrics

When I saw the period property I expect to move into I saw that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses, will a Cotswolds Homebuyer Report advise on the electrical system condition?

When preparing a Cotswolds Home Survey the home surveyor will typically comment on the overall electrical system if it looks like the electrics are in a less than satisfactory state of repair. This should include a by sight inspection of the accessible parts of the wiring in addition to potential areas for concern such as examining the category of any electrical fittings in bathrooms or checking the condition of a representative sample of light fittings. Inspecting the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by an electrician will usually form part of the survey.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a property in Cotswolds and saw that the dining room door frame was skewed, could this be evidence of subsidence? Is this a urgent danger, and what solutions are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement usually occurs in more modern structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new structure within a few months to make good any settlement cracks.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that sitting on horizontal ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and begin to slide downward. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Property Surveyor consider on a smooth stucco coated regency house in Cotswolds.

Stucco is just a form of render. Usually stucco render is layered over brick hardens to form a smooth and even finish. The effect is very beautiful and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency buildings. it can be prone to defect and Surveyors sometimes highlight defects such as horizontal hairline cracking that follows the underlying mortar joints

Another example of problems associated with stucco might result from the burden of heavy load such as cracking under the roof joists. Resolving problems can be costly as craftsmen are getting harder to find.

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