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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 Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Folkestone

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to purchase a property made of standard building materials i.e. tile & brick, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Folkestone

    The RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Folkestone) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this when buying a non standard property such as stone wall homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Folkestone

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Folkestone and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same survey.

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

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it will offer comprehensive details of the Folkestone property's state of repair in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant Folkestone Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What effect does clay soil have on a property's foundations? Can a Folkestone Building Survey investigate this?

Whether a house was built in 1707 or 2007, factors as varied as heavy rainfall or fungal decay can create costs and inconvenience for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in a range of issues. 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. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable minor wall cracks in the lounge, to complete structural failure. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the house will be considered. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Folkestone, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. What does a Folkestone house surveyor look for?

Questions like this are often asked of building surveyors by buyers in Folkestone who are aware that property can often hide roofing problems, such as. From sheeting to valley gutters, many parts of the roof and loft should be reported on. Factors like badly installed felting are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. Once the surveyor has delivered their report, consider arranging a quote from a Folkestone roofing specialist for the job itself. Speak to Bradford D C of 10 Wingate Rd, Folkestone, CT19 5QE on 01303 259668 for details.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent has mentioned there may be a danger of white asbestos ceilings in existence at the building. What is asbestos and will the survey look at this?

Asbestos is a potentially deadly silicate material. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) may be in building materials for example shed roofs. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic resistance to chemical damage properties, it may be found in soil vent pipes. Technically all forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately deadly and can lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily pose a risk to health.

If found, care should be taken never to displace it and expert advice should be sought as soon as possible. Never try to handle it yourself. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a Folkestone home survey. They will mention suspected asbestos and should inform you of the options.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Folkestone and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same survey.

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

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it will offer comprehensive details of the Folkestone property's state of repair in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant Folkestone Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What effect does clay soil have on a property's foundations? Can a Folkestone Building Survey investigate this?

Whether a house was built in 1707 or 2007, factors as varied as heavy rainfall or fungal decay can create costs and inconvenience for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in a range of issues. 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. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable minor wall cracks in the lounge, to complete structural failure. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the house will be considered. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.



Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Folkestone, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. What does a Folkestone house surveyor look for?

Questions like this are often asked of building surveyors by buyers in Folkestone who are aware that property can often hide roofing problems, such as. From sheeting to valley gutters, many parts of the roof and loft should be reported on. Factors like badly installed felting are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. Once the surveyor has delivered their report, consider arranging a quote from a Folkestone roofing specialist for the job itself. Speak to Bradford D C of 10 Wingate Rd, Folkestone, CT19 5QE on 01303 259668 for details.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent has mentioned there may be a danger of white asbestos ceilings in existence at the building. What is asbestos and will the survey look at this?

Asbestos is a potentially deadly silicate material. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) may be in building materials for example shed roofs. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has characteristic resistance to chemical damage properties, it may be found in soil vent pipes. Technically all forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately deadly and can lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily pose a risk to health.

If found, care should be taken never to displace it and expert advice should be sought as soon as possible. Never try to handle it yourself. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a Folkestone home survey. They will mention suspected asbestos and should inform you of the options.

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