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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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Need a Home Buyers Survey? Which one should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Lewes

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice when buying a property constructed from conventional building materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Lewes

    A Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Lewes) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this option for unconventional such as granite wall homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Lewes

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

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HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same.

If the Lewes property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any major works, you should you book a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, but it will offer comprehensive details of the Lewes property's condition and it includes advice on structural defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Lewes House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Other external areas of the property

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Lewes, what effect can a an red light rating have on factors covered in Section E?

RICS created the HomeBuyer Report to give house buyers a clear and easy to read report on the condition of the home they plan to buy, with a minimum of technical jargon. The report uses colour coded condition ratings to give house buyers a clear understanding of the impact on the property individual defects may have. Serious concerns are marked as condition rating 3. Such issues can have a significant impact on a residence's value. In Lewes, examples include missing or undersized landings. The part of the HomeBuyer Report mentions other aspects that do not fit elsewhere in Section E. Your surveyor can provide more details if required.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a property in Lewes and spotted cracks across the render on the outside walls. What are the risks, and what can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a structure, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. In some older structures cracks are revealed in warmer weather[ that close up in the winter] when the materials absorb water.

Cracks are an obvious indication of subsidence. Fortunately, these are in many cases benign. Inside, keep an eye out for doors and windows that are more difficult to open.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Lewes surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is high levels of rainfall an issue in Lewes? Can damaged downspouts decrease our property's value?

As a frequent surveyor of property in the area, I find it strange that the impact high levels of rainfall can have on properties is not considered. For example, spalling masonry could mean that the drainage systems are a cause for concern, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. In most cases, problems with drains are generally easy to repair. If not unblocked on a regular basis, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same.

If the Lewes property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any major works, you should you book a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, but it will offer comprehensive details of the Lewes property's condition and it includes advice on structural defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Lewes House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Other external areas of the property

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Lewes, what effect can a an red light rating have on factors covered in Section E?

RICS created the HomeBuyer Report to give house buyers a clear and easy to read report on the condition of the home they plan to buy, with a minimum of technical jargon. The report uses colour coded condition ratings to give house buyers a clear understanding of the impact on the property individual defects may have. Serious concerns are marked as condition rating 3. Such issues can have a significant impact on a residence's value. In Lewes, examples include missing or undersized landings. The part of the HomeBuyer Report mentions other aspects that do not fit elsewhere in Section E. Your surveyor can provide more details if required.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a property in Lewes and spotted cracks across the render on the outside walls. What are the risks, and what can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a structure, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. In some older structures cracks are revealed in warmer weather[ that close up in the winter] when the materials absorb water.

Cracks are an obvious indication of subsidence. Fortunately, these are in many cases benign. Inside, keep an eye out for doors and windows that are more difficult to open.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Lewes surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is high levels of rainfall an issue in Lewes? Can damaged downspouts decrease our property's value?

As a frequent surveyor of property in the area, I find it strange that the impact high levels of rainfall can have on properties is not considered. For example, spalling masonry could mean that the drainage systems are a cause for concern, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. In most cases, problems with drains are generally easy to repair. If not unblocked on a regular basis, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

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