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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 Buyers Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Hertfordshire

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when you are buying a property constructed from standard building materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Hertfordshire

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Hertfordshire) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. box frame construction houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Hertfordshire

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is usually chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Hertfordshire and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Hertfordshire property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any alterations, you should you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, but it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Hertfordshire property's condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Hertfordshire Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Conservation area

Will there be any problems I would need to consider when purchasing an extended house in Hertfordshire in a conservation area?

There are nearly 10, 000 official conservation areas in England and Wales which are designated by local authorities.

A Building Surveyors are required by RICS to have knowledge of relevant local area issues and any connection may have on the home and its value. The value of homes is usually greater which is down to conservation areas being largely unspoilt However many areas have fallen into a state of neglect for example - badly maintained and potholed roads and pavements

Surveyors are expected note if the planned purchase is/might be in a conservation area and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a Hertfordshire Homebuyer Report will advise the proper

questions are carried out during the conveyancing process. Out of keeping modifications that do not have Local Authority approval should be noted in the survey but these are really more a concern for the lawyer.

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled home in Hertfordshire. Which problems should we consider?

Stone walls often appear more robust than they are. Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in Hertfordshire are regular and irregular. Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Choice of stone will impact the lifespan of a structure, for example, limestones such as Bath stone or Kentish Rag will deteriorate when exposed to the elements. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay.

Damaged Render

What problems will the RICS Surveyor look for on a stipple rendered (stucco) Victorian home in Hertfordshire.

Stucco is really a form of solid render. Typically stucco is applied to underlying red brick that dries to a flat surface, often then trowled to give the appearance of stone blocks. Stucco render is very aesthetic and is/was was often applied to Georgian properties. Stucco is often problematic and Hertfordshire surveyors sometimes show potentially expensive to remedy problems such as trapped water leading to the surface breaking

Another example of problems associated with stucco might involve attack from sulphates or salts derived from wet bricks. Remedying problems may be costly as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Hertfordshire and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Hertfordshire property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any alterations, you should you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, but it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Hertfordshire property's condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Hertfordshire Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Conservation area

Will there be any problems I would need to consider when purchasing an extended house in Hertfordshire in a conservation area?

There are nearly 10, 000 official conservation areas in England and Wales which are designated by local authorities.

A Building Surveyors are required by RICS to have knowledge of relevant local area issues and any connection may have on the home and its value. The value of homes is usually greater which is down to conservation areas being largely unspoilt However many areas have fallen into a state of neglect for example - badly maintained and potholed roads and pavements

Surveyors are expected note if the planned purchase is/might be in a conservation area and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a Hertfordshire Homebuyer Report will advise the proper



questions are carried out during the conveyancing process. Out of keeping modifications that do not have Local Authority approval should be noted in the survey but these are really more a concern for the lawyer.

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled home in Hertfordshire. Which problems should we consider?

Stone walls often appear more robust than they are. Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in Hertfordshire are regular and irregular. Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Choice of stone will impact the lifespan of a structure, for example, limestones such as Bath stone or Kentish Rag will deteriorate when exposed to the elements. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay.

Damaged Render

What problems will the RICS Surveyor look for on a stipple rendered (stucco) Victorian home in Hertfordshire.

Stucco is really a form of solid render. Typically stucco is applied to underlying red brick that dries to a flat surface, often then trowled to give the appearance of stone blocks. Stucco render is very aesthetic and is/was was often applied to Georgian properties. Stucco is often problematic and Hertfordshire surveyors sometimes show potentially expensive to remedy problems such as trapped water leading to the surface breaking

Another example of problems associated with stucco might involve attack from sulphates or salts derived from wet bricks. Remedying problems may be costly as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

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Recent Hertfordshire Surveyor Reports

  • Driveway slope creates damp problems

    By Stewart Heasman November 14th, 2012

    The living room of this property was suffering extensive damp and water damage below a bay window at the front of the house. The main cause of this moisture build-up appeared to be the construction of an uneven paved area, used as a drive. The drive sloped downwards toward the front wall of...

  • Rising Damp Ruins Bathroom

    By Scott Oke November 7th, 2012

    This property, located near St Albans's town centre, suffered from Rising Damp [1] throughout the ground floor, with evidence of further damp affecting timbers in the loft space. Evidence of penetrating damp was particularly clear in the... [1] http://surveyorlocal.co.uk/glossary/rising-damp