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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 Survey should I choose for my intended house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Romney

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when you are purchasing a home made of conventional building materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Romney

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Romney) will also be conducted by a RICS qualified surveyor and is more exhaustive. Select this for non standard e.g. cellared properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Romney

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Romney and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Romney property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Romney property's state of repair as well as information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain a Romney Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are concerned about an infestation - Do we need a surveyor?

Buyers in Romney should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to disclose a vermin problem.

It may not be obvious that a home is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, for example, often introduced to a home via luggage after a trip abroad, bed bugs can be extremely hard to remove. Treatment for bug or other pest issues may include removal of infected furniture. If you strongly suspect an issue with thrips, or any pest, speak to your chartered surveyor

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A Romney builder suggested subsidence may be an issue affecting the property. What subsidence-related defects will my Building Survey investigate?

Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. Fortunately, subsidence can be fixed. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new building after some months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

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 which slopes downward is not as stable as that sitting flat. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and begin to slide downward. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. 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. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have heard that clay soil can cause problems for homes in Romney. Can we expect the Home Buyers Survey to mention this?

Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects. Specific issues include movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. .

If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Romney home's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like ensuring rainwater goods and drainage all function efficiently. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Romney and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Romney property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Romney property's state of repair as well as information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain a Romney Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are concerned about an infestation - Do we need a surveyor?

Buyers in Romney should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to disclose a vermin problem.

It may not be obvious that a home is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, for example, often introduced to a home via luggage after a trip abroad, bed bugs can be extremely hard to remove. Treatment for bug or other pest issues may include removal of infected furniture. If you strongly suspect an issue with thrips, or any pest, speak to your chartered surveyor

Wall cracks caused by subsidence


A Romney builder suggested subsidence may be an issue affecting the property. What subsidence-related defects will my Building Survey investigate?

Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. Fortunately, subsidence can be fixed. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new building after some months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

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 which slopes downward is not as stable as that sitting flat. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and begin to slide downward. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. 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. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have heard that clay soil can cause problems for homes in Romney. Can we expect the Home Buyers Survey to mention this?

Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects. Specific issues include movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. .

If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Romney home's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like ensuring rainwater goods and drainage all function efficiently. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

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