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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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What building survey is the correct choice for my property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Old Town

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice when buying a property constructed from standard building materials such as brick & tile, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Old Town

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Old Town) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard property such as timber wall homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Old Town

    This is a professional valuation . It is chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is effectively the same survey.

If the Old Town property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, you should you commission a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, however it will offer a thorough analysis of the Old Town property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain a Old Town Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Substandard guttering

In the HomeBuyer Report what are common Condition rating 3 defects for 'E3 - Rainwater pipes and gutters' ?

The drainage system is inspected visually. Other related matters are found elsewhere in the HomeBuyer Report blocked drains below ground. Leaking roof drains is an example. Severe defects impacting the residence are indicated with a 'red' condition rating of 3. 'Red' defects may also need further investigation by a qualified specialist before a full assessment can be made. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. If a residence does not have a porch or conservatory, for example, these aspects of the report will be omitted.

Landfill site near home

What should I be wary of if buying a home close to a rubbish dump

Landfill Sites are used for a variety of waste including hazardous waste material. Understandably, no one would want to live near one (80% of people live within 1.5m of one!). Concerns might include structurally instability. Potential health concerns for example birth defects have been associated with landfill sites .

Surveys in Old Town will flag up structural issues resulting from the site. Your legal representative will commission environmental searches of the Landmark data sets and Swindon Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a property in Old Town and found cracks across the render on the outside walls, could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence issues will the HomeBuyer Report look into?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture accumulates below ground level. This may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Cracks that appear without warning may suggest movement and subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. 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. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is effectively the same survey.

If the Old Town property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, you should you commission a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, however it will offer a thorough analysis of the Old Town property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain a Old Town Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Substandard guttering

In the HomeBuyer Report what are common Condition rating 3 defects for 'E3 - Rainwater pipes and gutters' ?

The drainage system is inspected visually. Other related matters are found elsewhere in the HomeBuyer Report blocked drains below ground. Leaking roof drains is an example. Severe defects impacting the residence are indicated with a 'red' condition rating of 3. 'Red' defects may also need further investigation by a qualified specialist before a full assessment can be made. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. If a residence does not have a porch or conservatory, for example, these aspects of the report will be omitted.



Landfill site near home

What should I be wary of if buying a home close to a rubbish dump

Landfill Sites are used for a variety of waste including hazardous waste material. Understandably, no one would want to live near one (80% of people live within 1.5m of one!). Concerns might include structurally instability. Potential health concerns for example birth defects have been associated with landfill sites .

Surveys in Old Town will flag up structural issues resulting from the site. Your legal representative will commission environmental searches of the Landmark data sets and Swindon Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a property in Old Town and found cracks across the render on the outside walls, could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence issues will the HomeBuyer Report look into?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture accumulates below ground level. This may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Cracks that appear without warning may suggest movement and subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. 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. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

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