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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
  Mortgage
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 building survey should I pick for my house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Cottenham

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if buying a property made of standard building materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Cottenham

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Cottenham) will also be carried out by a RICS accredited surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this option for unconventional e.g. wood frame buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Cottenham

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Cottenham and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Cottenham property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out major works on the property, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap, however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Cottenham property's condition as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Cottenham House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a property in Cottenham and the current owner has stated that it has been constructed with Forest of Dean stone. Are there any factors that need to be investigated, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Buyers of a listed building should consider that any repairs are in keeping with the methods and materials used in the original construction. This is monitored by the local council. Defects affecting stone-built property in Cottenham can vary, delamination being relatively common. Bear in mind that some defects will affect regular or irregularly cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyors expertise to identify.

You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.

Asbestos roof tiles

The mortgage valuation surveyor informed me there may be powdery white asbestos duct connectors situated in the home. Which types of asbestos are a concern and can it be handled easily?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic substance formed from metamorphic rocks. Some types were commonly found in the building materials e.g. rain water goods. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good resistance to chemical damage qualities and it may be found in gutters.

All forms are ultimately dangerous and may lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered on no account to displace asbestos and expert advice must be taken ASAP.

Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a survey. However they will note suspected asbestos and will inform you of the options.

Damage resulting from flooding

Would our house surveyor consider any flooding damage, or if nearby homes have been affected?

The impact of flooding, both in the region of Cottenham and nationwide, is a serious concern for residents, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. In addition, the home survey may outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep.Preventative measures can include costly but effective solutions e.g. lime-based plaster. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Cottenham and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Cottenham property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out major works on the property, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap, however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Cottenham property's condition as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Cottenham House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a property in Cottenham and the current owner has stated that it has been constructed with Forest of Dean stone. Are there any factors that need to be investigated, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Buyers of a listed building should consider that any repairs are in keeping with the methods and materials used in the original construction. This is monitored by the local council. Defects affecting stone-built property in Cottenham can vary, delamination being relatively common. Bear in mind that some defects will affect regular or irregularly cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyors expertise to identify.



You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.

Asbestos roof tiles

The mortgage valuation surveyor informed me there may be powdery white asbestos duct connectors situated in the home. Which types of asbestos are a concern and can it be handled easily?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic substance formed from metamorphic rocks. Some types were commonly found in the building materials e.g. rain water goods. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good resistance to chemical damage qualities and it may be found in gutters.

All forms are ultimately dangerous and may lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered on no account to displace asbestos and expert advice must be taken ASAP.

Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a survey. However they will note suspected asbestos and will inform you of the options.

Damage resulting from flooding

Would our house surveyor consider any flooding damage, or if nearby homes have been affected?

The impact of flooding, both in the region of Cottenham and nationwide, is a serious concern for residents, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. In addition, the home survey may outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep.Preventative measures can include costly but effective solutions e.g. lime-based plaster. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.

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