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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 HomeBuyers Survey should I choose for my property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Malden

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if buying a property made of standard building materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Malden

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Malden) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor and is more exhaustive. Opt for this when buying a non standard , for example wychert buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Malden

    This is an impartial valuation of the property. This is usually chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Malden and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Malden property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make major works, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, but it does offer comprehensive details of the Malden property's condition along with more detailed advice on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Malden Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Landfill site near home

What should I be aware of if buying a flat proximate to a rubbish dump

Sites used for landfill are used for a variety of waste including commercial refuse. Understandably, no one really wants to live near one (4/5 people live near one). Concerns might include hazardous chemicals. Potential health concerns for example gut problems have been linked to landfill sites .

Surveyors in Malden will examine structural problems resulting from the landfill. Your conveyancer will conduct environmental searches of the British Geological databases and Maldon Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

Stone block wall damage

Can property in Malden partially constructed with stone generate high upkeep costs for buyers? Are there any defects that need to be investigated, and what does the survey cover?

There are numerous of defects and issues associated with stone-built property. Issues including cracks affect many stone-walled Malden houses. Irregular stone often has a more rustic appearance, but the mortar used may be susceptible to a higher rate of decay. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Malden subsidence could be a concern. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the Home Buyers Survey?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a building, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle beneath the building's own weight. Additionally, most homes in Malden are built with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground and can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.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. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Malden and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Malden property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make major works, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, but it does offer comprehensive details of the Malden property's condition along with more detailed advice on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Malden Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Landfill site near home

What should I be aware of if buying a flat proximate to a rubbish dump

Sites used for landfill are used for a variety of waste including commercial refuse. Understandably, no one really wants to live near one (4/5 people live near one). Concerns might include hazardous chemicals. Potential health concerns for example gut problems have been linked to landfill sites .

Surveyors in Malden will examine structural problems resulting from the landfill. Your conveyancer will conduct environmental searches of the British Geological databases and Maldon Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

Stone block wall damage


Can property in Malden partially constructed with stone generate high upkeep costs for buyers? Are there any defects that need to be investigated, and what does the survey cover?

There are numerous of defects and issues associated with stone-built property. Issues including cracks affect many stone-walled Malden houses. Irregular stone often has a more rustic appearance, but the mortar used may be susceptible to a higher rate of decay. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Malden subsidence could be a concern. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the Home Buyers Survey?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a building, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle beneath the building's own weight. Additionally, most homes in Malden are built with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground and can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.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. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

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