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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 HomeBuyers Survey is the best choice for my potential home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in High Barnet

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when purchasing a home made of standard building materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable order and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in High Barnet

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in High Barnet) is also conducted by a RICS qualified surveyor and is more thorough. Choose this for non standard , for example timber frame or older buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in High Barnet

    This is an independent valuation . It is often chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in High Barnet 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 comprehensive survey.

If the High Barnet property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make an extension, it would be better that you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the High Barnet property's general condition as well as advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a High Barnet Home Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Deteriorated timber

In the HomeBuyer Report what are the usual a green light rating defects affecting 'E8 - Other joinery and finishes' ?

A fairly common example may be planters and gardens abutting walls. They are visually inspected with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. The type and condition of such components will be covered.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. Three colour coded ratings give an understanding of to what extent each defect requires attention. Green (condition rating 1) is the best possible assessment, and confirms that this part of the residence is in a good state, but maintenance may still be necessary. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Irrelevant

subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.

Timber damage by insect larvae

Will pests affect the purchase price of a property. What advice should we get?

Buyers should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to report on an infestation. It may not be obvious that a property is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, for example, carpet beetle larvae, or 'woolly bears' may be recognised by distinctive round bite marks along seams of clothing. Able to survive months without food, there may initially be no obvious evidence of their presence. Treatment for pests may include destruction of tainted materials. If investigation does uncover a problem, consider speaking to the seller to ask that they deal with the issue prior to exchange.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses create upkeep problems for the owner? Are there specific issues to bear in mind, and what does the survey cover?

There are a wide range of defects and issues associated with stone-built property. The properties of a stone can affect wear as much as upkeep or construction. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to properties, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used in door construction.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with a brick or rubble wall beneath. Maintenance tips include cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay. If you are planning to renovate, consider that stone matching services are available, which may be necessary for listed buildings. Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in High Barnet 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 comprehensive survey.

If the High Barnet property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make an extension, it would be better that you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the High Barnet property's general condition as well as advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a High Barnet Home Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Deteriorated timber

In the HomeBuyer Report what are the usual a green light rating defects affecting 'E8 - Other joinery and finishes' ?

A fairly common example may be planters and gardens abutting walls. They are visually inspected with the aid of binoculars where appropriate. The type and condition of such components will be covered.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. Three colour coded ratings give an understanding of to what extent each defect requires attention. Green (condition rating 1) is the best possible assessment, and confirms that this part of the residence is in a good state, but maintenance may still be necessary. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Irrelevant



subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.

Timber damage by insect larvae

Will pests affect the purchase price of a property. What advice should we get?

Buyers should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to report on an infestation. It may not be obvious that a property is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, for example, carpet beetle larvae, or 'woolly bears' may be recognised by distinctive round bite marks along seams of clothing. Able to survive months without food, there may initially be no obvious evidence of their presence. Treatment for pests may include destruction of tainted materials. If investigation does uncover a problem, consider speaking to the seller to ask that they deal with the issue prior to exchange.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses create upkeep problems for the owner? Are there specific issues to bear in mind, and what does the survey cover?

There are a wide range of defects and issues associated with stone-built property. The properties of a stone can affect wear as much as upkeep or construction. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to properties, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used in door construction.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with a brick or rubble wall beneath. Maintenance tips include cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay. If you are planning to renovate, consider that stone matching services are available, which may be necessary for listed buildings. Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.

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