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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 Property Survey ? Which of the 3 should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Low Fell

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if you are purchasing a home made of standard building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Low Fell

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Low Fell) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor and is more detailed. Opt for this for non standard property such as timber frame buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Low Fell

    This is an independent valuation . This report is often chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Low Fell and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same survey.

If the Low Fell property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations on the Low Fell property, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Low Fell property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Low Fell House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The home I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Does a Low Fell Home Survey discuss soil composition the report?

Factors from rising damp to snow can cause difficulties for a property-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of numerous issues. There may be little evidence of underlying defects. .

If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Low Fell property's foundations, forcing them inward.

Taking precautions, such as taking care not to let plant life, including some as bushes and trees, take root close to the property, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Damage resulting from flooding

Will the Low Fell surveyor look for indications of flooding, or whether flooding has affected neighbouring property?

A wide variety of factors can cause flooding damage, from inadequate drainage to tidal activity, and the value of a home in an at-risk area may be impacted.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. The survey report may also, where appropriate, advise appropriate repairs.Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect house in Low Fell enables the surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. The surveyor will usually recommend that the home purchasers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

According to the Environment Agency, no flood alerts were found for Low Fell.

*Information accurate 04/01/13

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent has suggested subsidence may be worth checking. What are the risks, and what possible solutions are to available to remedy this?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under their own weight. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home after time has passed in order to repair settlement damage.

Cracks that appear without warning may suggest movement and subsidence. In severe temperatures, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Low Fell and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same survey.

If the Low Fell property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations on the Low Fell property, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Low Fell property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Low Fell House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The home I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Does a Low Fell Home Survey discuss soil composition the report?

Factors from rising damp to snow can cause difficulties for a property-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of numerous issues. There may be little evidence of underlying defects. .

If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Low Fell property's foundations, forcing them inward.

Taking precautions, such as taking care not to let plant life, including some as bushes and trees, take root close to the property, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.



Damage resulting from flooding

Will the Low Fell surveyor look for indications of flooding, or whether flooding has affected neighbouring property?

A wide variety of factors can cause flooding damage, from inadequate drainage to tidal activity, and the value of a home in an at-risk area may be impacted.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. The survey report may also, where appropriate, advise appropriate repairs.Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect house in Low Fell enables the surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. The surveyor will usually recommend that the home purchasers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

According to the Environment Agency, no flood alerts were found for Low Fell.

*Information accurate 04/01/13

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent has suggested subsidence may be worth checking. What are the risks, and what possible solutions are to available to remedy this?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under their own weight. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home after time has passed in order to repair settlement damage.

Cracks that appear without warning may suggest movement and subsidence. In severe temperatures, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

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