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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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Do you need a Property Survey ? Which one should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Hook

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when you are buying a home constructed from standard materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Hook

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Hook) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor and is more comprehensive. Choose this for unconventional such as mundic properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Hook

    This is a professional valuation of the property. This is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Hook and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same.

If the Hook property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any works or an extension on the property, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Hook property's state of repair and it includes an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant Hook Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there might be asbestos pipe lagging in existence at the house. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic material. Some types were commonly found in the building materials such as textured coatings. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic resistance to chemical damage properties, it may be found in water tanks. Technically all forms are ultimately deadly and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Contrary to common perception, inhaling a one fibre will not kill you.

If found, care should be taken not to displace the asbestos and expert advice must be taken immediately. Removing it will be costly must always be conducted by experts.

Surveyors do not confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. Your Hook surveyor should report on possible asbestos during the survey and should recommend relevant tests.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller has mentioned subsidence is worth checking impacting the apartment. What subsidence information does the Hook HomeBuyer Report include?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. Often, homes in Hook are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Many homes develop superficial cracks in a plaster decoration. This could be due to changes in temperature and humidity. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, materials or existing damage.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rain an issue in Hook? And could it affect the property value?

The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet the impact heavy rain can have on houses is not given more thought. If you have only visited the new home in warm weather, problems are unlikely to be visible. Poor drainage can lead to staining of wallpaper and damp.

In most cases, this is quite easy to remedy, if not neglected, unless they are untreated or poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Hook and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same.

If the Hook property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any works or an extension on the property, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Hook property's state of repair and it includes an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant Hook Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there might be asbestos pipe lagging in existence at the house. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic material. Some types were commonly found in the building materials such as textured coatings. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic resistance to chemical damage properties, it may be found in water tanks. Technically all forms are ultimately deadly and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Contrary to common perception, inhaling a one fibre will not kill you.

If found, care should be taken not to displace the asbestos and expert advice must be taken immediately. Removing it will be costly must always be conducted by experts.

Surveyors do not confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. Your Hook surveyor should report on possible asbestos during the survey and should recommend relevant tests.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller has mentioned subsidence is worth checking impacting the apartment. What subsidence information does the Hook HomeBuyer Report include?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. Often, homes in Hook are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Many homes develop superficial cracks in a plaster decoration. This could be due to changes in temperature and humidity. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, materials or existing damage.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rain an issue in Hook? And could it affect the property value?

The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet the impact heavy rain can have on houses is not given more thought. If you have only visited the new home in warm weather, problems are unlikely to be visible. Poor drainage can lead to staining of wallpaper and damp.

In most cases, this is quite easy to remedy, if not neglected, unless they are untreated or poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

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