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  Mortgage Valuation
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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 Home Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Lightwater

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen if you are buying a property constructed from standard materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Lightwater

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Lightwater) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor and is more comprehensive. Choose this when buying a non standard property such as stone slab roof homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Lightwater

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Lightwater and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is effectively the same survey.

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

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap however it does give exhaustive analysis of the Lightwater property's condition in addition to more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Lightwater House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damaged Render

What will the RICS Surveyor be looking for on a roughcast rendered (stucco) Victorian house in Lightwater.

Stucco is actually dense solid render. Normally stucco is layered over brick hardens to form an even finish. The coating is highly grand in appearance and is found on Victorian houses. It is similar to plaster. It may contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it in addition to plant fibres to stop cracks. it can be prone to defect and Surveyors in Lightwater sometimes focus on issues for instance trapped water leading to the render failing requiring costly repairs

Another example of problems associated with stucco could be when the stucco has been taken down to ground level bypassing the Damp Proof Course (DPC). Remedying problems may be difficult as the skills are getting harder to find.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is it a good idea to check guttering, and does our Lightwater home buyers survey mention it? And could it affect the property value?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the impact wet weather can have on homes in Lightwater is not given more thought. If you have only visited the new home in dry weather, problems are unlikely to be visible. Signs that drainage are worth a closer look include damp stains around drainage. If you are concerned, consider asking the surveyor for more information.

In most cases, guttering issues are usually easy to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. If not cared for, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there might be asbestos coatings spayed on beams in existence at the house. What is asbestos and can it be easily removed?

Asbestos is a harmful material formed from metamorphic rocks. Some types may be in building materials such as boiler cupboard.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic heat resistance qualities and it may be found in boards around windows.

All forms are ultimately hazardous and may lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Finding asbestos does not necessarily constitute a risk to health.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to break the asbestos. Professional advice must be taken without delay. On no account endeavour to remove it yourself.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Lightwater HomeBuyer report. They will mention possible asbestos during the survey and will offer advice.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Lightwater and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is effectively the same survey.

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

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap however it does give exhaustive analysis of the Lightwater property's condition in addition to more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Lightwater House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damaged Render

What will the RICS Surveyor be looking for on a roughcast rendered (stucco) Victorian house in Lightwater.

Stucco is actually dense solid render. Normally stucco is layered over brick hardens to form an even finish. The coating is highly grand in appearance and is found on Victorian houses. It is similar to plaster. It may contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it in addition to plant fibres to stop cracks. it can be prone to defect and Surveyors in Lightwater sometimes focus on issues for instance trapped water leading to the render failing requiring costly repairs

Another example of problems associated with stucco could be when the stucco has been taken down to ground level bypassing the Damp Proof Course (DPC). Remedying problems may be difficult as the skills are getting harder to find.



Damage caused by high rainfall

Is it a good idea to check guttering, and does our Lightwater home buyers survey mention it? And could it affect the property value?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the impact wet weather can have on homes in Lightwater is not given more thought. If you have only visited the new home in dry weather, problems are unlikely to be visible. Signs that drainage are worth a closer look include damp stains around drainage. If you are concerned, consider asking the surveyor for more information.

In most cases, guttering issues are usually easy to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. If not cared for, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there might be asbestos coatings spayed on beams in existence at the house. What is asbestos and can it be easily removed?

Asbestos is a harmful material formed from metamorphic rocks. Some types may be in building materials such as boiler cupboard.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic heat resistance qualities and it may be found in boards around windows.

All forms are ultimately hazardous and may lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Finding asbestos does not necessarily constitute a risk to health.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to break the asbestos. Professional advice must be taken without delay. On no account endeavour to remove it yourself.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Lightwater HomeBuyer report. They will mention possible asbestos during the survey and will offer advice.

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