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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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Looking for a Home Survey ? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Ottershaw

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when planning to purchase a property made of standard building materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Ottershaw

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Ottershaw) is also conducted by a RICS surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this for non standard property such as stone or older buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Ottershaw

    This is an impartial valuation . It is typically chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Ottershaw and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is effectively the same.

If the Ottershaw property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out alterations, you should you commission a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it does offer comprehensive details of the Ottershaw property's general condition and it includes information on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Ottershaw Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Traditionally built property

We are purchasing in Ottershaw. What will we need to consider when purchasing an older property? What impact will the house's age have on repairs?

Some purchasers would be interested in owning a home with character, such as a Victorian home. Vernacular, or traditional, architecture, however, can be problematic. Ottershaw homes built with traditional methods can be surprisingly expensive to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Traditional materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of listed property. This may make the final cost hard to predict.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Ottershaw might be a problem. What can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the Home Buyers Survey?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a structure, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle beneath the structure's own weight. Most homes in Ottershaw are built with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

A relatively small number of issues are usually found to be the cause of movement to a property. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and start to slip downhill. In severe conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.This need not be expensive.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. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. 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. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We need Flemish Diagonal bond maintenance tips, can a surveyor in Ottershaw help?

Brick flats show signs of numerous defects. For example, thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs and may require immediate attention. Contact several local builders for quotes, including Thomas Gerald of 92 Ferry Rd, Kidwelly, SA17 5EJ on 01554 890022.

Examples of decorative or unusual usage of brick include adding other characterful elements of masonry, such as flushwork. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Ottershaw and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is effectively the same.

If the Ottershaw property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out alterations, you should you commission a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it does offer comprehensive details of the Ottershaw property's general condition and it includes information on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Ottershaw Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Traditionally built property

We are purchasing in Ottershaw. What will we need to consider when purchasing an older property? What impact will the house's age have on repairs?

Some purchasers would be interested in owning a home with character, such as a Victorian home. Vernacular, or traditional, architecture, however, can be problematic. Ottershaw homes built with traditional methods can be surprisingly expensive to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Traditional materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of listed property. This may make the final cost hard to predict.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Ottershaw might be a problem. What can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the Home Buyers Survey?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a structure, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle beneath the structure's own weight. Most homes in Ottershaw are built with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

A relatively small number of issues are usually found to be the cause of movement to a property. One such issue is that soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and start to slip downhill. In severe conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.This need not be expensive.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. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. 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. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We need Flemish Diagonal bond maintenance tips, can a surveyor in Ottershaw help?

Brick flats show signs of numerous defects. For example, thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs and may require immediate attention. Contact several local builders for quotes, including Thomas Gerald of 92 Ferry Rd, Kidwelly, SA17 5EJ on 01554 890022.

Examples of decorative or unusual usage of brick include adding other characterful elements of masonry, such as flushwork. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

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