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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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 building survey should I choose for my planned house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Robin Hood

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when you are purchasing a property constructed from standard materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Robin Hood

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Robin Hood) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more exhaustive. Choose this for unconventional , for example wood frame buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Robin Hood

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Robin Hood and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Robin Hood property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does offer comprehensive details of the Robin Hood property's condition along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Robin Hood Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Substandard guttering

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Robin Hood property what impact will a Condition Rating 1 have on 'E3 - Rainwater pipes and gutters' ?

Quite a common example is scuppers missing from roof drains. External areas covered by E3 are inspected visually. Buyers should be aware that although drainage is reported on in this section, other aspects of the water system are referred to elsewhere suspected issues relating to a combined heating and water system.

Green, or condition rating 1, indicates that no repair is currently needed. Elements of Section E marked as condition rating 1 may however still require regular maintenance.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but dining room floor dips noticeably when we last viewed the apartment. What subsidence-related matters will the Property Surveyor review?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. Additionally, most homes in Robin Hood are constructed from a range of materials. These will contract at different rates.

There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Robin Hood homes. For example, water leaking from a damaged drains will clear away soil supporting the building structure. This can effectively reduce the volume of the soil surrounding the structure, meaning it can no longer support the weight of the building. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. 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.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact may heavy rain have on a home? We're concerned about replacement costs.

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which rain has on Robin Hood buildings is not given enough thought by buyers. For example, spalling masonry can often mean that the downspouts are blocked.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to fix if dealt with quickly. However, if the drains are untreated or poorly 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.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Robin Hood and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Robin Hood property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does offer comprehensive details of the Robin Hood property's condition along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Robin Hood Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Substandard guttering

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Robin Hood property what impact will a Condition Rating 1 have on 'E3 - Rainwater pipes and gutters' ?

Quite a common example is scuppers missing from roof drains. External areas covered by E3 are inspected visually. Buyers should be aware that although drainage is reported on in this section, other aspects of the water system are referred to elsewhere suspected issues relating to a combined heating and water system.

Green, or condition rating 1, indicates that no repair is currently needed. Elements of Section E marked as condition rating 1 may however still require regular maintenance.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but dining room floor dips noticeably when we last viewed the apartment. What subsidence-related matters will the Property Surveyor review?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. Additionally, most homes in Robin Hood are constructed from a range of materials. These will contract at different rates.

There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Robin Hood homes. For example, water leaking from a damaged drains will clear away soil supporting the building structure. This can effectively reduce the volume of the soil surrounding the structure, meaning it can no longer support the weight of the building. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. 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.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact may heavy rain have on a home? We're concerned about replacement costs.

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which rain has on Robin Hood buildings is not given enough thought by buyers. For example, spalling masonry can often mean that the downspouts are blocked.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to fix if dealt with quickly. However, if the drains are untreated or poorly 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.

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