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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 building survey is right for my prospective house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Houghton Regis

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice when purchasing a property constructed from standard materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Houghton Regis

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Houghton Regis) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard e.g. wood frame homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Houghton Regis

    This is an independent valuation . This is typically chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Houghton Regis and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Houghton Regis property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Houghton Regis property's general condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Houghton Regis House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there could be loose asbestos ceiling material affecting the property. What is asbestos, are there any risks and does the HomeBuyer Report in Houghton Regis go into it?

Asbestos is a pernicious fibrous material. Some types may be in building materials including fire doors. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic heat resistance properties, it may be found in duct connectors.

All forms including white are carcinogenic and might lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. If found, care should be taken however, never to displace it and expert advice must be taken as soon as possible.

Surveyors do not test for asbestos on a survey. Surveyors will note suspected asbestos and will offer advice.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as site clearance) and how is it calculated?

The Homebuyer Report includes a property valuation and also a Reinstatement Cost. To work out the correct valuation your chartered surveyor will relate to local Houghton Regis market factors as well as other factors about the property for instance: accommodation. The valuer will also consider materials used and make certain key assumptions like the property isn't on a land fill site. Surveyors ignore things like furnishings, for example curtains.

Further area conjectures, such as use of parking or services, are made in addition to Houghton Regis environmental problems like local Houghton Regis industrial considerations, which will also be factored in.

A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We want to put in an offer on a place in Houghton Regis. Is there any Flemish Stretcher bond upkeep guidance we should be aware of??

Houghton Regis residences with brick walls can be subject to several common problems, such as crypto-florescence. Any such issues ought to be reported on, with directions for remedy. A problem regularly identified is damp and water damage resulting from gaps in uneven brickwork. N J W Brickwork may be able to give an estimate for any necessary upkeep. Contact them at 28 New Century Rd, Laindon, Basildon, SS15 6AG or 01268 412856.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider the use of 'clicker' or misfired brick.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Houghton Regis and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Houghton Regis property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Houghton Regis property's general condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Houghton Regis House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there could be loose asbestos ceiling material affecting the property. What is asbestos, are there any risks and does the HomeBuyer Report in Houghton Regis go into it?

Asbestos is a pernicious fibrous material. Some types may be in building materials including fire doors. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic heat resistance properties, it may be found in duct connectors.

All forms including white are carcinogenic and might lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. If found, care should be taken however, never to displace it and expert advice must be taken as soon as possible.

Surveyors do not test for asbestos on a survey. Surveyors will note suspected asbestos and will offer advice.



RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as site clearance) and how is it calculated?

The Homebuyer Report includes a property valuation and also a Reinstatement Cost. To work out the correct valuation your chartered surveyor will relate to local Houghton Regis market factors as well as other factors about the property for instance: accommodation. The valuer will also consider materials used and make certain key assumptions like the property isn't on a land fill site. Surveyors ignore things like furnishings, for example curtains.

Further area conjectures, such as use of parking or services, are made in addition to Houghton Regis environmental problems like local Houghton Regis industrial considerations, which will also be factored in.

A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We want to put in an offer on a place in Houghton Regis. Is there any Flemish Stretcher bond upkeep guidance we should be aware of??

Houghton Regis residences with brick walls can be subject to several common problems, such as crypto-florescence. Any such issues ought to be reported on, with directions for remedy. A problem regularly identified is damp and water damage resulting from gaps in uneven brickwork. N J W Brickwork may be able to give an estimate for any necessary upkeep. Contact them at 28 New Century Rd, Laindon, Basildon, SS15 6AG or 01268 412856.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider the use of 'clicker' or misfired brick.

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