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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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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Looking for a Building Survey? Which one should you opt for?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Earlswood

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when buying a home built from standard materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Earlswood

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Earlswood) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this for unconventional , for example stone wall properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Earlswood

    This is an independent valuation . This is chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

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

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

If the Earlswood property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make significant alterations, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap however it will offer a thorough analysis of the Earlswood property's general condition in addition to advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Earlswood Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

We are purchasing in Earlswood. What will we need to bear in mind when purchasing an old building? Will the age of the property be an issue?

Many purchasers have considered buying a old, characterful home one day. Vernacular architecture, however, can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers. Houses built with traditional methods can be surprisingly expensive to repair. You should bear in mind that specialist expertise may be needed. .

Construction materials, such as matching tiles, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Earlswood listed buildings. This may mean long-term upkeep.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Should I consider guttering? Can damaged guttering decrease our property's value?

As a frequent surveyor of local property, I find it strange that the impact heavy rainfall can have on Earlswood property is rarely paid due attention. If you have only seen the property you intend to purchase in warm weather, obvious defects may be harder to find.

Fortunately, issues with rainwater goods are usually easy to remedy, if not neglected.However, the damage caused, where not cared for, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A Earlswood builder has suggested subsidence might be worth checking. How could this affect the property, and what options are to available to remedy this?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. Heave is less common, and may result from the removal of a tree or shrub and the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the external brickwork, or the widening of existing cracks, may indicate subsidence. Signs of potential subsidence include new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

HomeBuyer Report

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

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

If the Earlswood property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make significant alterations, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap however it will offer a thorough analysis of the Earlswood property's general condition in addition to advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Earlswood Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

We are purchasing in Earlswood. What will we need to bear in mind when purchasing an old building? Will the age of the property be an issue?

Many purchasers have considered buying a old, characterful home one day. Vernacular architecture, however, can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers. Houses built with traditional methods can be surprisingly expensive to repair. You should bear in mind that specialist expertise may be needed. .

Construction materials, such as matching tiles, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Earlswood listed buildings. This may mean long-term upkeep.



Damage caused by high rainfall

Should I consider guttering? Can damaged guttering decrease our property's value?

As a frequent surveyor of local property, I find it strange that the impact heavy rainfall can have on Earlswood property is rarely paid due attention. If you have only seen the property you intend to purchase in warm weather, obvious defects may be harder to find.

Fortunately, issues with rainwater goods are usually easy to remedy, if not neglected.However, the damage caused, where not cared for, will be expense to remedy and resulting damp and mould could become a health risk.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A Earlswood builder has suggested subsidence might be worth checking. How could this affect the property, and what options are to available to remedy this?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. Heave is less common, and may result from the removal of a tree or shrub and the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the external brickwork, or the widening of existing cracks, may indicate subsidence. Signs of potential subsidence include new, suddenly visible cracks in brick or render.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

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