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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 Property Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Merseyside

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice if purchasing a property made of conventional materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Merseyside

    A Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Merseyside) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more exhaustive. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. stone wall or older buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Merseyside

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is often chosen by cash purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same survey.

If the Merseyside property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any an extension, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Merseyside property's general condition as well as including advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more information get a Merseyside Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

I am purchasing a Merseyside property and the agent has confirmed that it has been partially constructed with Portland stone. What potential issues should we be aware of, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Stone walls are often ignored by home buyers due to their apparent strength and solidity, and the defects impacting a type of stone will vary according to its properties.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than walls of irregular construction. This is a generalisation however, as limestone or sandstone-built and regularly-coursed walls can decay rapidly when exposed to more extreme environmental conditions or pollution. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, slate is far more water-resistant than many other stones. Maintenance tips include removal of invasive plants, such as ivy.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Simonswood Moss, North Perimeter Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L33 3AN, quarrying Peat, for details. Call 01515 472979 for more information.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rain an issue in Merseyside? Could damaged gutters lower the property value?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which rainfall has on Merseyside houses is rarely paid due attention by house purchasers. Signs that drainage systems are blocked include "gushing" gutters. Whether buying in Merseyside or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to resolve, if maintenance is taken seriously, unless they are untreated or poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Defective door frame

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Merseyside residential property, can you give examples of Condition rating 3 defects affecting outside doors?

A condition rating of three is used to emphasise the most crucial repairs. These issues could risk the health and safety of residents. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for home buyers deciding whether or not to purchase a residence. A 'traffic light' system of colour coding is used to confirm the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report.

For a Merseyside house, one example could be inefficient drip caps around a door frame. The surveyor will confirm that all external doors work, but will not force open any without keys. Generally, the thresholds of doorways are also surveyed, checking that access is level, water is excluded from leaking into the property, etc.

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same survey.

If the Merseyside property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any an extension, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Merseyside property's general condition as well as including advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more information get a Merseyside Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

I am purchasing a Merseyside property and the agent has confirmed that it has been partially constructed with Portland stone. What potential issues should we be aware of, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Stone walls are often ignored by home buyers due to their apparent strength and solidity, and the defects impacting a type of stone will vary according to its properties.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than walls of irregular construction. This is a generalisation however, as limestone or sandstone-built and regularly-coursed walls can decay rapidly when exposed to more extreme environmental conditions or pollution. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, slate is far more water-resistant than many other stones. Maintenance tips include removal of invasive plants, such as ivy.



Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Simonswood Moss, North Perimeter Road, Liverpool, Merseyside, L33 3AN, quarrying Peat, for details. Call 01515 472979 for more information.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rain an issue in Merseyside? Could damaged gutters lower the property value?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which rainfall has on Merseyside houses is rarely paid due attention by house purchasers. Signs that drainage systems are blocked include "gushing" gutters. Whether buying in Merseyside or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to resolve, if maintenance is taken seriously, unless they are untreated or poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Defective door frame

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Merseyside residential property, can you give examples of Condition rating 3 defects affecting outside doors?

A condition rating of three is used to emphasise the most crucial repairs. These issues could risk the health and safety of residents. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for home buyers deciding whether or not to purchase a residence. A 'traffic light' system of colour coding is used to confirm the severity of any defects or points of interest included in the report.

For a Merseyside house, one example could be inefficient drip caps around a door frame. The surveyor will confirm that all external doors work, but will not force open any without keys. Generally, the thresholds of doorways are also surveyed, checking that access is level, water is excluded from leaking into the property, etc.

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Recent Merseyside Surveyor Reports

  • Sash window frame with wet rot

    By Stewart Heasman September 29th, 2012

    Wet rot is usually associated with neglect or poor detailing in buildings, occurring in timbers which are continually wet, or having persistent moisture content in excess of around 20%. This can be caused by leaking roofs, joinery exposed to the elements (as was the case in this property) or...