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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Port Talbot

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if buying a property built from conventional materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Port Talbot

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Port Talbot) will also be carried out by a RICS qualified surveyor and is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. wood frame buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Port Talbot

    This is a professional valuation . This report is often chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Port Talbot and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same.

If the Port Talbot property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Port Talbot property's condition in addition to information on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For more information get a Port Talbot House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Conservation area

Are there any issues we would be advised to be aware of if planning to buy a converted house in Port Talbot in a conservation area?

There are 9, 300 of conservation areas throughout the country which are governed by local councils. Your surveyor are required by RICS to have relevant knowledge of relevant local issues and any effect may have on the property and its value. Values is usually significantly higher owing to the areas being largely unspoilt However a large number are falling into disrepair e.g. the huge increase in street clutter

RICS surveyors are trained to tell you whether the property looks to be in a conservation area and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your Port Talbot Homebuyer Report will advise additional enquiries are carried out by the conveyancing solicitor. Unauthorised developments to the property should be noted in the survey, however these should be investigated by your lawyer.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We noticed that the dining room door frame was skewed, is this subsidence? Is this a severe danger, and what subsidence issues does the Port Talbot Surveyor report on?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement will occur in new homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In general, homes in Port Talbot are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. 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, with no underpinning required. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Port Talbot surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Damaged Render

What will the Port Talbot Surveyor look for on a smooth stucco home in Port Talbot which we wish to buy.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is just a form of solid render. Typically stucco render is layered over underlying red brick hardens to a smooth stone like appearance. Stucco is highly appealing and is was often applied to Victorian houses. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors commonly focus on any number of problems which can include trapped water culminating in internal damp problems which need attention. Other issues may involve sulphate attack from salts derived from wet bricks. Re-applying problems can be difficult as the skills are getting harder to find.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Port Talbot and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same.

If the Port Talbot property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Port Talbot property's condition in addition to information on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For more information get a Port Talbot House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Conservation area

Are there any issues we would be advised to be aware of if planning to buy a converted house in Port Talbot in a conservation area?

There are 9, 300 of conservation areas throughout the country which are governed by local councils. Your surveyor are required by RICS to have relevant knowledge of relevant local issues and any effect may have on the property and its value. Values is usually significantly higher owing to the areas being largely unspoilt However a large number are falling into disrepair e.g. the huge increase in street clutter

RICS surveyors are trained to tell you whether the property looks to be in a conservation area and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your Port Talbot Homebuyer Report will advise additional enquiries are carried out by the conveyancing solicitor. Unauthorised developments to the property should be noted in the survey, however these should be investigated by your lawyer.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We noticed that the dining room door frame was skewed, is this subsidence? Is this a severe danger, and what subsidence issues does the Port Talbot Surveyor report on?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement will occur in new homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In general, homes in Port Talbot are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. 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, with no underpinning required. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Port Talbot surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Damaged Render

What will the Port Talbot Surveyor look for on a smooth stucco home in Port Talbot which we wish to buy.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is just a form of solid render. Typically stucco render is layered over underlying red brick hardens to a smooth stone like appearance. Stucco is highly appealing and is was often applied to Victorian houses. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors commonly focus on any number of problems which can include trapped water culminating in internal damp problems which need attention. Other issues may involve sulphate attack from salts derived from wet bricks. Re-applying problems can be difficult as the skills are getting harder to find.

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