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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 Building Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Gloucestershire

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen if purchasing a property built from conventional materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Gloucestershire

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Gloucestershire) will also be conducted by a RICS accredited surveyor and is more detailed. Choose this for non standard property such as stone wall properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Gloucestershire

    This is a professional valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Gloucestershire and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Gloucestershire property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension on the Gloucestershire property, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it will offer a thorough analysis of the Gloucestershire property's condition and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Gloucestershire House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a 1990-built home in Gloucestershire and spotted that the kitchen floor was uneven. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues will the Home Buyers Survey reveal?

Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. Buyers in Gloucestershire should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement.

It is not always obvious that subsidence is at work, as most of the tell-tale signs could comfortably be as the result of several factors. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, potentially as a result of poor construction.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.This need not be expensive.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. Maple, lime and

horse chestnut trees should planted no closer than 20m to the property itself. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. 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.

Asbestos roof tiles

A builder friend noted there may be loose blue asbestos soffit boards being found in the building. What is asbestos?

Properties erected earlier than the mid eighties will probably include some materials containing asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous mineral. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) were commonly found in the building materials e.g. ceiling material. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent resistance to electrical damage properties, it may be found in ceiling boards. Most asbestos was imported from the US.

All forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately deadly and may lead to lung cancer or asbestosis if inhaled over sustained periods. Contrary to breathing in a single fibre is not fatal.

If discovered, one must be careful never to disturb asbestos and professional advice must be taken immediately. Professional removal of it may be expensive but absolutely must be completed by experts. Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a Gloucestershire HomeBuyer report. However they will report on suspected asbestos and will advise accordingly.

Traditionally built property

What do I need to think about when buying an older property? What should be budgeted for upkeep?

Vernacular architecture can concern buyers, and Gloucestershire structures employing traditional methods can be a chore to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Materials suitable for the work may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of property in a conservation area. Erected between 1493 and 1506, Old Manse in Wotton-Under-Edge is a traditional house of the time.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Gloucestershire and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Gloucestershire property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension on the Gloucestershire property, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it will offer a thorough analysis of the Gloucestershire property's condition and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Gloucestershire House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a 1990-built home in Gloucestershire and spotted that the kitchen floor was uneven. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues will the Home Buyers Survey reveal?

Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. Buyers in Gloucestershire should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement.

It is not always obvious that subsidence is at work, as most of the tell-tale signs could comfortably be as the result of several factors. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, potentially as a result of poor construction.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.This need not be expensive.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. Maple, lime and



horse chestnut trees should planted no closer than 20m to the property itself. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. 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.

Asbestos roof tiles

A builder friend noted there may be loose blue asbestos soffit boards being found in the building. What is asbestos?

Properties erected earlier than the mid eighties will probably include some materials containing asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous mineral. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) were commonly found in the building materials e.g. ceiling material. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent resistance to electrical damage properties, it may be found in ceiling boards. Most asbestos was imported from the US.

All forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately deadly and may lead to lung cancer or asbestosis if inhaled over sustained periods. Contrary to breathing in a single fibre is not fatal.

If discovered, one must be careful never to disturb asbestos and professional advice must be taken immediately. Professional removal of it may be expensive but absolutely must be completed by experts. Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a Gloucestershire HomeBuyer report. However they will report on suspected asbestos and will advise accordingly.

Traditionally built property

What do I need to think about when buying an older property? What should be budgeted for upkeep?

Vernacular architecture can concern buyers, and Gloucestershire structures employing traditional methods can be a chore to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Materials suitable for the work may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of property in a conservation area. Erected between 1493 and 1506, Old Manse in Wotton-Under-Edge is a traditional house of the time.

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