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Valuation
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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 should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Durham

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when purchasing a home built from conventional building materials such as brick and tile, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Durham

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Durham) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor and is more thorough. Choose this when buying a non standard , for example a thatched roof property.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Durham

    This is a professional valuation . It is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Durham and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is effectively the same survey.

If the Durham property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any alterations, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, however it does give comprehensive details of the Durham property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Durham House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

I'm confused - which surveys include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of reconstructing a garage) and what will it include?

A Homebuyer Report in Durham will include an impartial valuation and will also include a "reinstatement cost". To properly appraise the value of the property the valuer will take into account knowledge of Durham as well as other factors about the property e.g. accommodation The valuer will also consider style of architecture and will draw upon other assumptions such as there being no significant defects. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Further area assumptions, for example problematic roads and access, are made as well as any significant Durham environmental problems like nearby railway tracks, which will also be factored in.

English Heritage

I am planning to buy a flat near Chapel Of St Mary Magdalene , will this affect the property's value?

Chapel Of St Mary Magdalene is a scheduled monument considered to be of national importance. Places of local importance will usually add to the attractiveness of an area. Examples of other monuments of importance are Elvet Bridge, Framwellgate Bridge and Kepier Hospital.. The RICS surveyor will include all regional factors when carrying out the homebuyer report in Durham. Refer to the English Heritage website for more information on Chapel Of St Mary Magdalene.

Shocking Electrics

When I went to see the home I want to lease I noticed that there are doubts as to then safety of the electrical system, does a the surveyor write anything on any faults with the electrics?

When carrying out a Durham Home Survey your RICS surveyor will usually remark on the electrical system if it is clear that they are in a hazardous state of repair.

This should include a visual check of any revealed parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. on top of things like ensuring supplementary bonding is in the usual place. Inspecting the documents from any recent PIR carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the property being surveyed should usually form part of the survey. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring handled by a suitably qualified electrician will form part of the survey in Durham .

The Institute of Electrical Engineers suggest that a Periodic Inspection be conducted at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).

HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Durham and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is effectively the same survey.

If the Durham property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any alterations, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, however it does give comprehensive details of the Durham property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Durham House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

I'm confused - which surveys include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of reconstructing a garage) and what will it include?

A Homebuyer Report in Durham will include an impartial valuation and will also include a "reinstatement cost". To properly appraise the value of the property the valuer will take into account knowledge of Durham as well as other factors about the property e.g. accommodation The valuer will also consider style of architecture and will draw upon other assumptions such as there being no significant defects. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Further area assumptions, for example problematic roads and access, are made as well as any significant Durham environmental problems like nearby railway tracks, which will also be factored in.



English Heritage

I am planning to buy a flat near Chapel Of St Mary Magdalene , will this affect the property's value?

Chapel Of St Mary Magdalene is a scheduled monument considered to be of national importance. Places of local importance will usually add to the attractiveness of an area. Examples of other monuments of importance are Elvet Bridge, Framwellgate Bridge and Kepier Hospital.. The RICS surveyor will include all regional factors when carrying out the homebuyer report in Durham. Refer to the English Heritage website for more information on Chapel Of St Mary Magdalene.

Shocking Electrics

When I went to see the home I want to lease I noticed that there are doubts as to then safety of the electrical system, does a the surveyor write anything on any faults with the electrics?

When carrying out a Durham Home Survey your RICS surveyor will usually remark on the electrical system if it is clear that they are in a hazardous state of repair.

This should include a visual check of any revealed parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. on top of things like ensuring supplementary bonding is in the usual place. Inspecting the documents from any recent PIR carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the property being surveyed should usually form part of the survey. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring handled by a suitably qualified electrician will form part of the survey in Durham .

The Institute of Electrical Engineers suggest that a Periodic Inspection be conducted at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).

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