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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 is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Hartfield

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if purchasing a property made of standard materials such as brick & tile, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Hartfield

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Hartfield) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this for unconventional such as cellared homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Hartfield

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is often chosen by cash purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Hartfield and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Hartfield property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, however it will give a thorough analysis of the Hartfield property's condition along with information on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Hartfield House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder suggested subsidence has been a concern affecting the apartment. What can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a building which compromises its structural integrity. Most buildings experience some minor cracking, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture builds up in the soil, causing the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the bricks or render outside the property may indicate subsidence. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, 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. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

English Heritage

I am planning to purchase a home near Castle Mound , will this affect the property's value?

Castle Mound is a scheduled monument considered to be of national importance. Places of local interest can certainly increase the attractiveness of an area. Examples of other local sites of interest are Cotchford Forge, Far Blacklands Iron Bloomery and Iron Minepits In Tugmore Shaw.. Your RICS surveyor will include all regional factors during the home buyers survey in Hartfield. See the English Heritage site for further information on Castle Mound.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be a source of difficulty for Hartfield property? Will your Home Buyers Survey look into this, and what defects will be reported on?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a house. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including soil compaction or compression. Drought, for instance, can have a shrinking effect on clay soil, putting pressure on the building's structure and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a house's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. A Hartfield surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Hartfield and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Hartfield property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, however it will give a thorough analysis of the Hartfield property's condition along with information on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Hartfield House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder suggested subsidence has been a concern affecting the apartment. What can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a building which compromises its structural integrity. Most buildings experience some minor cracking, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture builds up in the soil, causing the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the bricks or render outside the property may indicate subsidence. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, 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. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

English Heritage

I am planning to purchase a home near Castle Mound , will this affect the property's value?

Castle Mound is a scheduled monument considered to be of national importance. Places of local interest can certainly increase the attractiveness of an area. Examples of other local sites of interest are Cotchford Forge, Far Blacklands Iron Bloomery and Iron Minepits In Tugmore Shaw.. Your RICS surveyor will include all regional factors during the home buyers survey in Hartfield. See the English Heritage site for further information on Castle Mound.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be a source of difficulty for Hartfield property? Will your Home Buyers Survey look into this, and what defects will be reported on?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a house. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including soil compaction or compression. Drought, for instance, can have a shrinking effect on clay soil, putting pressure on the building's structure and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a house's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. A Hartfield surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

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