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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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Which Home Survey is the best choice for my prospective property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Roath

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice when planning to buy a property made of conventional materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Roath

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Roath) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor but is more detailed. Select this when buying a non standard , for example thatched buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Roath

    This is an independent valuation . This report is usually chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Roath and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Roath property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, however it will give a more detailed analysis of the Roath property's state of repair and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain an instant Roath Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a risk of flooding in Roath, and can a Roath house surveyor investigate flooding damage, or if nearby homes have been affected?

The impact of flooding, both in the region of Roath and nationwide, is a serious concern for owners, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the property in question is in danger. Flood water can enter a house through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. The HomeBuyer Report will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. Also included on Environment Agency's flood alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted that the basement floor was uneven, is this subsidence? What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In most cases, subsidence can be rectified quite easily. Most homes in Roath are constructed from a range of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

In areas of clay soil, drought can cause the water table to drop. This can dry out, shrinking the clay, pulling on the building's structure and which can result in movement. In serious weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses generate high upkeep costs for residents? Are there specific potential issues to bear in mind?

If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by factors including deteriorating mortar. The problems which can plague poorly maintained stone vary considerably.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay. Buyers should consider that stone can have a great effect on the long-term viability of a property or extension, resulting in higher repair costs in future. For example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify replacing missing or badly worn stones. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Beacon Hill Clay Pit, Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, Bh21 3Rx Sidegate Lane Landfill, Sidegate Lane, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, Nn18 1Rn Six Bells Coal Company, 8 Willowbrook Park, Llangdogo Road, Cardiff, CF3 0EF, quarrying Clay & Shale, for details.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Roath and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Roath property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, however it will give a more detailed analysis of the Roath property's state of repair and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain an instant Roath Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a risk of flooding in Roath, and can a Roath house surveyor investigate flooding damage, or if nearby homes have been affected?

The impact of flooding, both in the region of Roath and nationwide, is a serious concern for owners, and the value of a property can decrease if in an exposed area, even if it has never flooded. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the property in question is in danger. Flood water can enter a house through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. The HomeBuyer Report will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. Also included on Environment Agency's flood alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted that the basement floor was uneven, is this subsidence? What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In most cases, subsidence can be rectified quite easily. Most homes in Roath are constructed from a range of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

In areas of clay soil, drought can cause the water table to drop. This can dry out, shrinking the clay, pulling on the building's structure and which can result in movement. In serious weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses generate high upkeep costs for residents? Are there specific potential issues to bear in mind?

If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by factors including deteriorating mortar. The problems which can plague poorly maintained stone vary considerably.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay. Buyers should consider that stone can have a great effect on the long-term viability of a property or extension, resulting in higher repair costs in future. For example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify replacing missing or badly worn stones. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Beacon Hill Clay Pit, Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, Bh21 3Rx Sidegate Lane Landfill, Sidegate Lane, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, Nn18 1Rn Six Bells Coal Company, 8 Willowbrook Park, Llangdogo Road, Cardiff, CF3 0EF, quarrying Clay & Shale, for details.

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