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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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Need a Home Survey ? Which of the 3 should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Northam

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when buying a home built from standard materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Northam

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Northam) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional such as box frame construction properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Northam

    This is an independent valuation . This report is often chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Northam and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Northam property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any major works, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Northam property's general condition along with an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Northam House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Northam. What advice would the RICS surveyor give in their report?

This often causes anxiety for Northam buyers who have had to shell out for major repairs in the past. Many homes can be hiding serious issues with the roof. From roof battens to gables, the roof structure as a whole will be taken into account. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of badly installed felting.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable roofing contractor in Northam.

Window frame

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Northam what does a Condition Rating 1 mean for 'E5 - Windows' ?

In Northam, examples include water leaks around window or door frames. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily. A rating of 1 is the highest, meaning that this aspect of the house being surveyed does not need urgent attention. Elements of Section E marked as condition rating 1 may however still require regular maintenance.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact will wet weather have on our new building in Northam, and does our RICS surveyor mention it? We're concerned about replacement costs.

Regular rainfall is common in Northam and across the country, but this issue is usually overlooked by home buyers. For instance, spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts can often mean that the drainage are blocked. Blocked rainwater goods can result in water damage.

In most cases, drainage problems are quite easy to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. However, if the drains are untreated or poorly maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Northam and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Northam property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any major works, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Northam property's general condition along with an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Northam House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Northam. What advice would the RICS surveyor give in their report?

This often causes anxiety for Northam buyers who have had to shell out for major repairs in the past. Many homes can be hiding serious issues with the roof. From roof battens to gables, the roof structure as a whole will be taken into account. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of badly installed felting.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable roofing contractor in Northam.



Window frame

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Northam what does a Condition Rating 1 mean for 'E5 - Windows' ?

In Northam, examples include water leaks around window or door frames. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily. A rating of 1 is the highest, meaning that this aspect of the house being surveyed does not need urgent attention. Elements of Section E marked as condition rating 1 may however still require regular maintenance.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact will wet weather have on our new building in Northam, and does our RICS surveyor mention it? We're concerned about replacement costs.

Regular rainfall is common in Northam and across the country, but this issue is usually overlooked by home buyers. For instance, spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts can often mean that the drainage are blocked. Blocked rainwater goods can result in water damage.

In most cases, drainage problems are quite easy to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. However, if the drains are untreated or poorly maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.

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