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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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What property survey is the right choice for my property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Great Shelford

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when purchasing a property built from conventional materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Great Shelford

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Great Shelford) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this when buying a non standard e.g. wychert homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Great Shelford

    This is a professional valuation . This is usually chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Great Shelford and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Great Shelford property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out any alterations on the Great Shelford property, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey instead. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Great Shelford property's state of repair as well as information on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get an instant Great Shelford Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Landfill site near home

What should I be wary of when buying a building close to a refuse landfill site

Landfill Sites are used for a variety of waste for example: non-hazardous waste material disposal. Of course nobody would want to live near one (most people do live near one). Worries include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health issues like congenital birth defects have been linked to landfill sites .

Great Shelford RICS surveyors will examine structural defects linked to the landfill. Your solicitor will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the Landmark database and Cambridge Local Authority and will advise you accordingly .

Stone block wall damage

Will a property with stone walls create issues? Which matters should we consider?

If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by factors including weathered stone. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include weathered stone.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, slate is more damp resistant than many other forms of stone, as is granite. Property surveys should give some repair guidance, like clearance of nearby trees and plants. Pulling these up can cause more damage, so your surveyor may recommend a specialist perform the work. Purchasers renovating property in Great Shelford should be aware that the British Geological Survey's GeoReport includes a stone matching service. To source stone quarried in Great Shelford, you can contact local suppliers.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Barrington Quarry, Barrington Works, Barrington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 5RQ, which quarries Chalk, for details. Call 01223 870781 for more information.

If, in the course of carrying out maintenance, you need further advice, get in touch with a local mason or walling contractor. Granite Transformations, 53 High St, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9HZ (Phone: 01223 843333), for example, could assist.

Shocking Electrics

When I was shown a sixties house I am meaning to buy it appeared that there could be corrosion of the wiring; does Homebuyer Report in Great Shelford report on the electrics?

When conducting a Great Shelford Homebuyer Report the RICS surveyor should usually report on the overall electrical system if it is suspected that they are in an unsafe state of repair.

This should include a non invasive check (i.e. no removal of fittings) of the unconcealed areas of the wiring or fusebox in addition to areas like reporting on the condition of visible wiring. Verifying the location of the evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will usually form part of the survey in Great Shelford. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by a suitably qualified electrician should be part of the survey.

The IEE recommend that a periodic test be completed every 10 years (5 if letting).

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Great Shelford and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Great Shelford property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out any alterations on the Great Shelford property, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey instead. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Great Shelford property's state of repair as well as information on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get an instant Great Shelford Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Landfill site near home

What should I be wary of when buying a building close to a refuse landfill site

Landfill Sites are used for a variety of waste for example: non-hazardous waste material disposal. Of course nobody would want to live near one (most people do live near one). Worries include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health issues like congenital birth defects have been linked to landfill sites .

Great Shelford RICS surveyors will examine structural defects linked to the landfill. Your solicitor will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the Landmark database and Cambridge Local Authority and will advise you accordingly .

Stone block wall damage


Will a property with stone walls create issues? Which matters should we consider?

If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by factors including weathered stone. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include weathered stone.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, slate is more damp resistant than many other forms of stone, as is granite. Property surveys should give some repair guidance, like clearance of nearby trees and plants. Pulling these up can cause more damage, so your surveyor may recommend a specialist perform the work. Purchasers renovating property in Great Shelford should be aware that the British Geological Survey's GeoReport includes a stone matching service. To source stone quarried in Great Shelford, you can contact local suppliers.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Barrington Quarry, Barrington Works, Barrington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 5RQ, which quarries Chalk, for details. Call 01223 870781 for more information.

If, in the course of carrying out maintenance, you need further advice, get in touch with a local mason or walling contractor. Granite Transformations, 53 High St, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9HZ (Phone: 01223 843333), for example, could assist.

Shocking Electrics

When I was shown a sixties house I am meaning to buy it appeared that there could be corrosion of the wiring; does Homebuyer Report in Great Shelford report on the electrics?

When conducting a Great Shelford Homebuyer Report the RICS surveyor should usually report on the overall electrical system if it is suspected that they are in an unsafe state of repair.

This should include a non invasive check (i.e. no removal of fittings) of the unconcealed areas of the wiring or fusebox in addition to areas like reporting on the condition of visible wiring. Verifying the location of the evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will usually form part of the survey in Great Shelford. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by a suitably qualified electrician should be part of the survey.

The IEE recommend that a periodic test be completed every 10 years (5 if letting).

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