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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 Home Survey is the correct choice for my planned home purchase in New Waltham?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in New Waltham

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when buying a home built from conventional building materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in New Waltham

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in New Waltham) will also be conducted by a RICS surveyor and is more exhaustive. Select this for non standard , for example stone wall properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in New Waltham

    This is an independent valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in New Waltham and which would be cheaper?

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

If the New Waltham property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any works or an extension, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does offer exhaustive analysis of the New Waltham property's condition as well as an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a New Waltham Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A New Waltham builder has mentioned subsidence might be a concern impacting the flat. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related defects will my Building Survey consider?

Movement of the foundations of a building is called subsidence. In addition, some homes in New Waltham are built with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Many properties develop superficial cracks in a window, as a result of temperature or humidity variation. Signs of potential subsidence include new or growing cracks in exterior brickwork.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Damaged but non-structural elements should

be filled and re-weatherproofed. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses generate high upkeep costs for the owner? What should we be particularly aware of?

Purchasers in New Waltham should be aware that stone walls can be much weaker than they appear, and the defects impacting a type of stone will vary according to its properties. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in New Waltham are regular and irregular. Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, slate is more damp resistant than many other forms of stone, as is granite. A survey will include a range of suggestions or requirements for maintenance, such as resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a New Waltham building with a loft conversion. I am particularly concerned about the state of the roof. What aspects of the loft will be considered?

This is frequently addressed by RICS surveyors. Houses across New Waltham will suffer roof maintenance problems, such as mould. From dormer windows to valley gutters, every part of the roof should be reported on, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.

Roof repairs need not always be costly, but they should be budgeted for carefully. A building survey prior to exchange is highly recommended, so that you fully understand what expenses you will be facing. A roofing contractor in New Waltham with a recommendation from a friend or family member can provide a quote.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in New Waltham and which would be cheaper?

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

If the New Waltham property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any works or an extension, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does offer exhaustive analysis of the New Waltham property's condition as well as an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a New Waltham Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A New Waltham builder has mentioned subsidence might be a concern impacting the flat. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related defects will my Building Survey consider?

Movement of the foundations of a building is called subsidence. In addition, some homes in New Waltham are built with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Many properties develop superficial cracks in a window, as a result of temperature or humidity variation. Signs of potential subsidence include new or growing cracks in exterior brickwork.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Damaged but non-structural elements should



be filled and re-weatherproofed. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses generate high upkeep costs for the owner? What should we be particularly aware of?

Purchasers in New Waltham should be aware that stone walls can be much weaker than they appear, and the defects impacting a type of stone will vary according to its properties. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in New Waltham are regular and irregular. Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, slate is more damp resistant than many other forms of stone, as is granite. A survey will include a range of suggestions or requirements for maintenance, such as resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a New Waltham building with a loft conversion. I am particularly concerned about the state of the roof. What aspects of the loft will be considered?

This is frequently addressed by RICS surveyors. Houses across New Waltham will suffer roof maintenance problems, such as mould. From dormer windows to valley gutters, every part of the roof should be reported on, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.

Roof repairs need not always be costly, but they should be budgeted for carefully. A building survey prior to exchange is highly recommended, so that you fully understand what expenses you will be facing. A roofing contractor in New Waltham with a recommendation from a friend or family member can provide a quote.

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