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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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Which Building Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Manchester

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when purchasing a property constructed from conventional building materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Manchester

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Manchester) will also be conducted by a RICS qualified surveyor and is more exhaustive. Opt for this for non standard , for example stone wall or older homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Manchester

    This is an independent valuation . This is typically chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Manchester and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Manchester property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any alterations, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap however it will give a thorough analysis of the Manchester property's condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Manchester Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Conservation area

Will there be any concerns I would be advised to check out when buying a converted flat in Manchester in Ashton Town Centre conservation area ?

Ashton Town Centre is in a conservation area and has been classed as very bad by English Heritage, with medium vulnerability and no significant change. For detailed information visit their website or contact the conservation area administrator - Catherine Jones on 0161 342 3118. There are many thousands of designated conservation areas throughout England and Wales that are designated and monitored by the local authority. Ashton Town Centre is monitored by Manchester City Council at Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA who can be contacted on 0161 234 5000.

Home Buyers Surveys in Manchester must possess relevant knowledge of relevant local factors and the bearing may have with the home and its value. The value of homes will likely be significantly higher as a result of conservation areas being unspoilt.

Surveyors will report if the house is or might be within a conservation area and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a Manchester Homebuyer Report will advise additional due diligence and enquiries are raised by your conveyancer. Unapproved developments to the property will also be noted but these are really more a investigated by the solicitor. Hewlett Swanson Llp are based in Centurion House, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3WR should be happy help you with further information. Tel: 0161 312 5000

Asbestos roof tiles

A builder friend noted there may be asbestos ceilings at the apartment. Is this a major concern?

Asbestos is a noxious fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials for example walls. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has good sound absorption properties, it may be found in wall panelling. It is mainly found in South Africa. Technically all forms are hazardous and may lead to lung cancer or asbestosis if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact breathing in a single fibre is not fatal.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful never to damage it. Professional advice should be sought immediately. Getting rid of it will be dear and must always be conducted by trained experts. Manchester Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a Manchester HomeBuyer report. However they will mention possible asbestos during the survey and will recommend relevant tests.

For professional advice on what steps to take with suspected asbestos, Ellis Insulation Ltd, 15, Westminster Rd, Little Hulton, Manchester, M28 3AW will be able to advise - Call: 0161 790 4122

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rain an issue in Manchester? Will the surveyor report on this? Where there is damage, what should we do?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which heavy rainfall has on buildings in Manchester is usually overlooked. If you have visited the residence in warm weather, problems are unlikely to be visible. Signs that gutters are a cause for concern include leaves or other vegetation causing a blockage. This could then result in overflowing or blocked sewage.

The good news is that drainage problems are generally easy to repair fairly cheaply, unless they are untreated or poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Manchester and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Manchester property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any alterations, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap however it will give a thorough analysis of the Manchester property's condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Manchester Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Conservation area

Will there be any concerns I would be advised to check out when buying a converted flat in Manchester in Ashton Town Centre conservation area ?

Ashton Town Centre is in a conservation area and has been classed as very bad by English Heritage, with medium vulnerability and no significant change. For detailed information visit their website or contact the conservation area administrator - Catherine Jones on 0161 342 3118. There are many thousands of designated conservation areas throughout England and Wales that are designated and monitored by the local authority. Ashton Town Centre is monitored by Manchester City Council at Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA who can be contacted on 0161 234 5000.

Home Buyers Surveys in Manchester must possess relevant knowledge of relevant local factors and the bearing may have with the home and its value. The value of homes will likely be significantly higher as a result of conservation areas being unspoilt.

Surveyors will report if the house is or might be within a conservation area and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers



of a Manchester Homebuyer Report will advise additional due diligence and enquiries are raised by your conveyancer. Unapproved developments to the property will also be noted but these are really more a investigated by the solicitor. Hewlett Swanson Llp are based in Centurion House, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3WR should be happy help you with further information. Tel: 0161 312 5000

Asbestos roof tiles

A builder friend noted there may be asbestos ceilings at the apartment. Is this a major concern?

Asbestos is a noxious fibrous material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials for example walls. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has good sound absorption properties, it may be found in wall panelling. It is mainly found in South Africa. Technically all forms are hazardous and may lead to lung cancer or asbestosis if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact breathing in a single fibre is not fatal.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful never to damage it. Professional advice should be sought immediately. Getting rid of it will be dear and must always be conducted by trained experts. Manchester Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a Manchester HomeBuyer report. However they will mention possible asbestos during the survey and will recommend relevant tests.

For professional advice on what steps to take with suspected asbestos, Ellis Insulation Ltd, 15, Westminster Rd, Little Hulton, Manchester, M28 3AW will be able to advise - Call: 0161 790 4122

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rain an issue in Manchester? Will the surveyor report on this? Where there is damage, what should we do?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which heavy rainfall has on buildings in Manchester is usually overlooked. If you have visited the residence in warm weather, problems are unlikely to be visible. Signs that gutters are a cause for concern include leaves or other vegetation causing a blockage. This could then result in overflowing or blocked sewage.

The good news is that drainage problems are generally easy to repair fairly cheaply, unless they are untreated or poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

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Recent Manchester Surveyor Reports

  • Defective felt roof needs work

    By Martin Tate November 30th, 2012

    One defect home surveyors often unearth when investigating a property (particularly one with an extension) is a poorly installed felt roof. When building an extension, flat roof construction is often chosen over a tiled, sloping roof because it can be easier and cheaper. A skilled builder...

  • Frost destroys ground level brickwork

    By Martin Tate November 21st, 2012

    The brickwork of this Manchester home had suffered extensive spalling [1] to the lower courses of brickwork. The most likely cause for this damage was frost, as it was clear from close inspection that the bricks at ground level were... [1] http://surveyorlocal.co.uk/glossary/spalled-brickwork

  • Rusted Downspout put Foundations at Risk

    By Martin Tate November 7th, 2012

    The downpipe and guttering of this Manchester house were in particularly poor condition, and had begun to cause potentially serious problems, including damp and deterioration of external walls and the property's foundations. These rainwater goods appeared to be original, dating back to the...

  • Concealed drainage hides problems at Manchester flat

    By Stewart Heasman November 6th, 2012

    A recent survey on a converted house in Manchester revealed excessive standing water near in parts of the garden near to the edge of a raised decking platform. The lack of any accessible drainage covers led the surveyor to suspect that the covers were hidden under the decking. The...