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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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Which Home Buyers Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Fairford

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are buying a property built from conventional materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Fairford

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Fairford) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor but is more exhaustive. Opt for this for non standard , for example timber wall buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Fairford

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . This report is often chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Fairford and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Fairford property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make an extension, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Fairford property's condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Fairford Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Fairford? What should we expect a Fairford Building Survey to include, and what defects will be reported on?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Fairford buyers. Specific issues include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. For example, minor wall cracks in the kitchen may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation.

Taking precautions, such as checking that the downpipe drains correctly, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Patches of waterlogged 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.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there may be a danger of asbestos duct connectors being found in the ground floor flat. Which types of asbestos are a concern, what are the risks and does the building survey in Fairford report on it?

Asbestos is a pernicious fibrous structured mineral. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) were commonly found in the building materials e.g. walls. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic sound absorption qualities and it may be found in wall panelling. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are ultimately pernicious and might lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered however, on no account to disturb the asbestos and professional advice should be sought immediately. You should never attempt to remove it yourself. Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos on a Fairford survey. They will mention potential asbestos during the Fairford survey and will recommend professional testing.

Damage resulting from flooding

Will the RICS surveyor check any flooding damage?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m houses and flats are at a high risk of floods, and house purchasers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available. The Environment Agency maintain a flood danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the house in Fairford or on adjacent sites. Also included on Environment Agency's flood danger alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Fairford and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Fairford property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make an extension, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Fairford property's condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Fairford Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Fairford? What should we expect a Fairford Building Survey to include, and what defects will be reported on?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Fairford buyers. Specific issues include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. For example, minor wall cracks in the kitchen may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation.

Taking precautions, such as checking that the downpipe drains correctly, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Patches of waterlogged 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.



Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there may be a danger of asbestos duct connectors being found in the ground floor flat. Which types of asbestos are a concern, what are the risks and does the building survey in Fairford report on it?

Asbestos is a pernicious fibrous structured mineral. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) were commonly found in the building materials e.g. walls. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic sound absorption qualities and it may be found in wall panelling. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are ultimately pernicious and might lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered however, on no account to disturb the asbestos and professional advice should be sought immediately. You should never attempt to remove it yourself. Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos on a Fairford survey. They will mention potential asbestos during the Fairford survey and will recommend professional testing.

Damage resulting from flooding

Will the RICS surveyor check any flooding damage?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m houses and flats are at a high risk of floods, and house purchasers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available. The Environment Agency maintain a flood danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the house in Fairford or on adjacent sites. Also included on Environment Agency's flood danger alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

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