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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 you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Saffron Walden

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if planning to buy a home constructed from standard 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 Saffron Walden

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Saffron Walden) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this for non standard , for example wychert properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Saffron Walden

    This is an independent valuation . This is typically chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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Home Buyers Survey Saffron Walden

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Saffron Walden and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Saffron Walden property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make major works, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it will give comprehensive details of the Saffron Walden property's state of repair as well as including advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details get an instant Saffron Walden Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Building Surveys on houses

We are purchasing a converted Edwardian mid terrace home - is it necessary to get a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed as the Building Survey. A HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough if investigating a mid century or later unmodified property of typical construction materials. The Building Survey is definitely the proper one to choose for the house described. Bear in mind that one or two provisos come with any survey as a local Saffron Walden surveyor is not in a position to force or open up the structure of the house or inspect any part that could risk personal injury. External buildings will also be checked out as part of the survey.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A property we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Does a House Survey discuss soil composition the report, and what defects will be reported on?

Soil composition can have a measurable impact on a Saffron Walden property. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including compression of layers of the sub-soil. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. For example, separation of the skirting board from the floor may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation.

Taking precautions, such as immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Isolated patches of wet soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw the driveway surface is broken and uneven when we last viewed the property. What options are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures will experience cracking at some stage, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations.

Surface cracks not caused by subsidence could be painted over. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster. Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. 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. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Saffron Walden and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Saffron Walden property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make major works, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it will give comprehensive details of the Saffron Walden property's state of repair as well as including advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details get an instant Saffron Walden Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Building Surveys on houses

We are purchasing a converted Edwardian mid terrace home - is it necessary to get a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed as the Building Survey. A HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough if investigating a mid century or later unmodified property of typical construction materials. The Building Survey is definitely the proper one to choose for the house described. Bear in mind that one or two provisos come with any survey as a local Saffron Walden surveyor is not in a position to force or open up the structure of the house or inspect any part that could risk personal injury. External buildings will also be checked out as part of the survey.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A property we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Does a House Survey discuss soil composition the report, and what defects will be reported on?

Soil composition can have a measurable impact on a Saffron Walden property. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including compression of layers of the sub-soil. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. For example, separation of the skirting board from the floor may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation.

Taking precautions, such as immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Isolated patches of wet soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw the driveway surface is broken and uneven when we last viewed the property. What options are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures will experience cracking at some stage, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations.

Surface cracks not caused by subsidence could be painted over. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster. Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. 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. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

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