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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 Building Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Lowestoft

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen when purchasing a property constructed from conventional materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Lowestoft

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Lowestoft) will also be conducted by a RICS surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional such as architecturally unusual or older buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Lowestoft

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . It is typically chosen by cash buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Lowestoft and which is cheaper?

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

If the Lowestoft property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Lowestoft property's state of repair in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Lowestoft Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a property in Lowestoft and the seller has suggested that it has been partially constructed with Slate. Are there any major potential issues that we should be aware of?

Locally quarried stone may be more susceptible to specific issues. Buyers should also be aware that the potential severity of issues like staining will vary with the particular type of stone.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, limestones such as Bath stone or Kentish Rag will deteriorate when exposed to the elements. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance

suggestions include repointing of loose or crumbling mortar. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.

If you a undertaking repairs, and require matching stone, contact a Lowestoft expert. For example, Ashfield Group, 7-9 Cooke Road, Lowestoft, NR33 7NA (Phone: 01502 528877).

Building Surveys on houses

I am acquiring a substantially modified period mid terrace property - do I need to get a full structural survey?

Structural surveys are now known as the Building Surveys. When looking into purchasing an altered Lowestoft house, for example an unloved house, this is the correct choice of home survey. The formal report spells out in depth and crucial advice concerning the property's state of repair along with any needs for future maintenance after a thorough visual inspection. Out buildings will also be assessed.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The Fletton brick on this Victorian terrace is badly worn - what should we do? Does brick decay faster in Lowestoft weather?

Brick buildings in Lowestoft will be affected by diverse problems. This could be anything from vertical cracking to lack of a damp proof course. A problem regularly identified is wall tie failure. This occurs when ties supporting old cavity walls rust, leading to horizontal cracks and separation of the internal and eternal leaves of the wall.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider adding other characterful elements of masonry, such as flushwork. Consider renegotiating the price of the Lowestoft property, based on the results of your survey. Works to remedy even some superficial brick wall defects can be both expensive and disruptive.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Lowestoft and which is cheaper?

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

If the Lowestoft property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Lowestoft property's state of repair in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Lowestoft Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a property in Lowestoft and the seller has suggested that it has been partially constructed with Slate. Are there any major potential issues that we should be aware of?

Locally quarried stone may be more susceptible to specific issues. Buyers should also be aware that the potential severity of issues like staining will vary with the particular type of stone.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, limestones such as Bath stone or Kentish Rag will deteriorate when exposed to the elements. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance



suggestions include repointing of loose or crumbling mortar. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.

If you a undertaking repairs, and require matching stone, contact a Lowestoft expert. For example, Ashfield Group, 7-9 Cooke Road, Lowestoft, NR33 7NA (Phone: 01502 528877).

Building Surveys on houses

I am acquiring a substantially modified period mid terrace property - do I need to get a full structural survey?

Structural surveys are now known as the Building Surveys. When looking into purchasing an altered Lowestoft house, for example an unloved house, this is the correct choice of home survey. The formal report spells out in depth and crucial advice concerning the property's state of repair along with any needs for future maintenance after a thorough visual inspection. Out buildings will also be assessed.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The Fletton brick on this Victorian terrace is badly worn - what should we do? Does brick decay faster in Lowestoft weather?

Brick buildings in Lowestoft will be affected by diverse problems. This could be anything from vertical cracking to lack of a damp proof course. A problem regularly identified is wall tie failure. This occurs when ties supporting old cavity walls rust, leading to horizontal cracks and separation of the internal and eternal leaves of the wall.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider adding other characterful elements of masonry, such as flushwork. Consider renegotiating the price of the Lowestoft property, based on the results of your survey. Works to remedy even some superficial brick wall defects can be both expensive and disruptive.

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