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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 Building Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Harpenden

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice if you are buying a property made of conventional building materials such as tile & brick, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Harpenden

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Harpenden) will also be carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this survey for unconventional e.g. wood frame properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Harpenden

    This is an independent valuation . This is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Harpenden and of the 3, which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Harpenden property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out substantial modifications, you should you carry out a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Harpenden property's state of repair as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant Harpenden Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Building Surveys on houses

Is it the right choice to order a full structural survey before purchasing a defective thirties cottage close to Harpenden?

Structural surveys are now called the Building Surveys. When buying an unusual house like an extended Harpenden house, Building Survey is now the most suitable RICS survey. After a thorough inspection of the accessible parts of the house, a non prescribed format of report will be sent to the buyer specifying in depth and relevant professional advice concerning the standard of construction and repair of the house. There are one or two limitations with any residential survey insofar as a qualified RICS surveyor is not able to open up the fabric of the of the Harpenden building, an example being undoing electrical fittings.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Harpenden? Will the Building Survey look into this?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a property. Specific problems include soil swelling, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Signs like sticking doors can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. There is a real benefit in booking a Harpenden surveyor to carry out your Home Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Gas flame

Will the RICS surveyor inspect the state of repair of the gas mains supply?

The RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually check the easily accessible parts of the system. This means things like the location of the meter at the home, as well as gas related fittings such as chimney breasts or flues. The gas fittings won't actually be removed. Needless to say, gas is potentially fatal, should you have any worries about gas, call a gas engineer.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Harpenden and of the 3, which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Harpenden property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out substantial modifications, you should you carry out a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the Harpenden property's state of repair as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant Harpenden Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Building Surveys on houses

Is it the right choice to order a full structural survey before purchasing a defective thirties cottage close to Harpenden?

Structural surveys are now called the Building Surveys



. When buying an unusual house like an extended Harpenden house, Building Survey is now the most suitable RICS survey. After a thorough inspection of the accessible parts of the house, a non prescribed format of report will be sent to the buyer specifying in depth and relevant professional advice concerning the standard of construction and repair of the house. There are one or two limitations with any residential survey insofar as a qualified RICS surveyor is not able to open up the fabric of the of the Harpenden building, an example being undoing electrical fittings.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Harpenden? Will the Building Survey look into this?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a property. Specific problems include soil swelling, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Signs like sticking doors can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. There is a real benefit in booking a Harpenden surveyor to carry out your Home Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Gas flame

Will the RICS surveyor inspect the state of repair of the gas mains supply?

The RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually check the easily accessible parts of the system. This means things like the location of the meter at the home, as well as gas related fittings such as chimney breasts or flues. The gas fittings won't actually be removed. Needless to say, gas is potentially fatal, should you have any worries about gas, call a gas engineer.

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