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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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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Looking for a Building Survey? Which of the 3 should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Leighton Buzzard

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen if you are buying a home made of standard building materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Leighton Buzzard

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Leighton Buzzard) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor but is more thorough. Select this survey for non standard , for example architecturally unusual buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Leighton Buzzard

    This is an impartial valuation . It is often chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Leighton Buzzard and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Leighton Buzzard property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you comprehensive details of the Leighton Buzzard property's condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Leighton Buzzard Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a Leighton Buzzard home built in the late 60s, but it has clay foundations. Can we expect the Leighton Buzzard House Survey to mention this?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding, with subsidence being a common example. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! There is a real benefit in booking a Leighton Buzzard surveyor to carry out your House Survey, familiar with local soil

composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour stated there might be asbestos walls being found in the home. What is asbestos, are there any health risks, can it be treated and does the survey look at this?

Asbestos is a harmful material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and may be in building materials for example fireplace. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent heat resistance properties, it may be found in fire doors.

All forms including Chrysotile are ultimately pernicious and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful never to break the asbestos and expert advice must be taken immediately.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos as part of the survey. However they will mention potential asbestos and should recommend professional testing.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a flood risk in Leighton Buzzard, and will the chartered surveyor look for indications of flooding?

Unfortunately, distance from water or height above sea level is no guarantee that a Leighton Buzzard property will be secure against floods. Those planning to buy in affected areas should weigh up their exposure. The Environment Agency maintain a flood alert service, with regular updated risk assessments.

Flood water can enter a property through several routes, including door frames. The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a property lies within an area of potential or previous flood risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the agent, but this information may not be accurate.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Leighton Buzzard and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Leighton Buzzard property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you comprehensive details of the Leighton Buzzard property's condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Leighton Buzzard Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a Leighton Buzzard home built in the late 60s, but it has clay foundations. Can we expect the Leighton Buzzard House Survey to mention this?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding, with subsidence being a common example. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! There is a real benefit in booking a Leighton Buzzard surveyor to carry out your House Survey, familiar with local soil



composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour stated there might be asbestos walls being found in the home. What is asbestos, are there any health risks, can it be treated and does the survey look at this?

Asbestos is a harmful material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and may be in building materials for example fireplace. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent heat resistance properties, it may be found in fire doors.

All forms including Chrysotile are ultimately pernicious and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful never to break the asbestos and expert advice must be taken immediately.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos as part of the survey. However they will mention potential asbestos and should recommend professional testing.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a flood risk in Leighton Buzzard, and will the chartered surveyor look for indications of flooding?

Unfortunately, distance from water or height above sea level is no guarantee that a Leighton Buzzard property will be secure against floods. Those planning to buy in affected areas should weigh up their exposure. The Environment Agency maintain a flood alert service, with regular updated risk assessments.

Flood water can enter a property through several routes, including door frames. The GroundSure Flood Report is one of several risk screening reports designed to provide an overview of whether a property lies within an area of potential or previous flood risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the agent, but this information may not be accurate.

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