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  Mortgage Valuation
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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 Buyers Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Portland

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if planning to purchase a property constructed from conventional materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Portland

    A Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Portland) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this option for unconventional e.g. box frame construction or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Portland

    This is an impartial valuation . It is chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Portland and which is cheaper?

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

If the Portland property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it will give you a thorough analysis of the Portland property's general condition along with information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Portland Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Should we investigate gutters? Are repairs going to be expensive?

As a frequent surveyor of local property, I find it strange that the effect which wet conditions has on property is usually overlooked by home buyers. One indication that drainage are blocked is spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts. Blocked rainwater goods can result in a damp or flooded cellar.

The good news is that guttering issues are generally easy to remedy. However, if the drains are not 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.

Stone block wall damage

Can houses built with stone generate high upkeep costs for owners? What potential issues must we watch out for?

Ranging from Stainton Sandstone to Portland Roach Limestone, the stone used in a home's structure will impact maintenance. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include deteriorating bedding.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregular walls. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, granite is more water resistant that most other stones. Repair advice often includes repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Broadcroft Quarry, 99 Easton Street, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1BP, which quarries Limestone, for details. Call 01305 820331 for more information.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Mould caused problems at our old property, and we are wary of potential roofing issues. What does a Portland property surveyor pay attention to during the survey?

Properties in Portland that are otherwise ideal can be hiding serious difficulties with the roof, for example, torn or punctured damp-proofing. Any part of the roof or loft, such as wind braces, ought to be checked, and any defects addressed as soon as possible.

Repairs can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Portland and which is cheaper?

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

If the Portland property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it will give you a thorough analysis of the Portland property's general condition along with information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get an instant Portland Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Should we investigate gutters? Are repairs going to be expensive?

As a frequent surveyor of local property, I find it strange that the effect which wet conditions has on property is usually overlooked by home buyers. One indication that drainage are blocked is spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts. Blocked rainwater goods can result in a damp or flooded cellar.

The good news is that guttering issues are generally easy to remedy. However, if the drains are not 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.



Stone block wall damage

Can houses built with stone generate high upkeep costs for owners? What potential issues must we watch out for?

Ranging from Stainton Sandstone to Portland Roach Limestone, the stone used in a home's structure will impact maintenance. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include deteriorating bedding.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregular walls. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, granite is more water resistant that most other stones. Repair advice often includes repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Broadcroft Quarry, 99 Easton Street, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1BP, which quarries Limestone, for details. Call 01305 820331 for more information.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Mould caused problems at our old property, and we are wary of potential roofing issues. What does a Portland property surveyor pay attention to during the survey?

Properties in Portland that are otherwise ideal can be hiding serious difficulties with the roof, for example, torn or punctured damp-proofing. Any part of the roof or loft, such as wind braces, ought to be checked, and any defects addressed as soon as possible.

Repairs can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange.

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