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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 Home Buyers Survey? Which one should you opt for?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in East Harling

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice if planning to purchase a home built from standard materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in East Harling

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in East Harling) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this option when buying a non standard property such as thatched homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in East Harling

    This is an impartial valuation . This is chosen by cash purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in East Harling and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the East Harling property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any major works, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it does give you comprehensive details of the East Harling property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get an instant East Harling Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The home I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Can we expect the House Survey to mention this, and what defects will be reported on?

There are several common problems associated with clay soil. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including soil compaction or compression. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. For example, minor wall cracks in the living room may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation.

Taking precautions, such as even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. 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.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? Is this a urgent risk, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the property survey?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence may be confused with settlement. Settlement does occur in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water can collect in the ground, which causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the bricks or render outside the property, or cracks which were stable, but are showing signs of fresh movement, may indicate subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise the structure. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. 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. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

Gas flame

Does the RICS surveyor check the serviceability of the gas heaters?

Your qualified RICS surveyor will visually check any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will include the condition of the meter for instance, as well as gas related fixtures, for instance balanced flues. Gas fittings will not be removed. The system won't be tested. Gas is potentially fatal, if you have any worries about gas fittings, contact a gas safe engineer.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in East Harling and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey and is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the East Harling property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any major works, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it does give you comprehensive details of the East Harling property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get an instant East Harling Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The home I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Can we expect the House Survey to mention this, and what defects will be reported on?

There are several common problems associated with clay soil. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including soil compaction or compression. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. For example, minor wall cracks in the living room may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation.

Taking precautions, such as even minor landscaping so that the ground slopes away from the property, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. 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.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? Is this a urgent risk, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the property survey?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence may be confused with settlement. Settlement does occur in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water can collect in the ground, which causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the bricks or render outside the property, or cracks which were stable, but are showing signs of fresh movement, may indicate subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise the structure. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. 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. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

Gas flame

Does the RICS surveyor check the serviceability of the gas heaters?

Your qualified RICS surveyor will visually check any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will include the condition of the meter for instance, as well as gas related fixtures, for instance balanced flues. Gas fittings will not be removed. The system won't be tested. Gas is potentially fatal, if you have any worries about gas fittings, contact a gas safe engineer.

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