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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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What property survey should I pick for my potential house purchase in Shinfield?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Shinfield

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice if buying a property constructed from standard materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Shinfield

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Shinfield) will also be carried out by a RICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. thatched roof buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Shinfield

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Shinfield and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Shinfield property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a thorough analysis of the Shinfield property's general condition as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Shinfield House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Traditionally built property

What do I need to pay attention to when buying older property? What effect will the unusual construction have on repairs?

Some buyers in Shinfield would be interested in owning a house with personality, like a period conversion. Use of traditional methods, however, can create issues for homeowners. Buildings built using traditional methods can be costly to upkeep. It is often the case that expert knowledge is necessary, and it could also be necessary to find Materials suitable for the work, which could mean long-term upkeep.

Shocking Electrics

When we saw the thirties house we are hoping to purchase we think we noticed that there was some evidence of an overload of the fuses; does the surveyor write anything on electrical system condition?

When performing a Shinfield Home Survey a surveyor should make a note on the electrical system if it is clear that the electrics are in an unsatisfactory state of repair. This will include an overview (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection check of any revealed parts of the wiring on top of issues like confirming the category of the electrical fittings in bath or shower rooms or checking the condition of any visible wiring a representative sample of switch gear. Reporting on any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical connections carried out by an electrician will form part of the survey in Shinfield.

The IEE suggest that a periodic test be conducted at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting out).

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour commented that there could be some brown asbestos roof tiles affecting the house. Why would there be asbestos?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic fibrous material formed from metamorphic rocks. Some types may be in building materials including sealant.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent tensile strength qualities and it may be found in roof tiles.

All forms (including white) are ultimately carcinogenic and might lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to displace the asbestos. Professional advice must be taken ASAP.

Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. Your Shinfield surveyor should mention suspected asbestos and should inform you of the options.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Shinfield and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Shinfield property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a thorough analysis of the Shinfield property's general condition as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Shinfield House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Traditionally built property

What do I need to pay attention to when buying older property? What effect will the unusual construction have on repairs?

Some buyers in Shinfield would be interested in owning a house with personality, like a period conversion. Use of traditional methods, however, can create issues for homeowners. Buildings built using traditional methods can be costly to upkeep. It is often the case that expert knowledge is necessary, and it could also be necessary to find Materials suitable for the work, which could mean long-term upkeep.



Shocking Electrics

When we saw the thirties house we are hoping to purchase we think we noticed that there was some evidence of an overload of the fuses; does the surveyor write anything on electrical system condition?

When performing a Shinfield Home Survey a surveyor should make a note on the electrical system if it is clear that the electrics are in an unsatisfactory state of repair. This will include an overview (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection check of any revealed parts of the wiring on top of issues like confirming the category of the electrical fittings in bath or shower rooms or checking the condition of any visible wiring a representative sample of switch gear. Reporting on any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical connections carried out by an electrician will form part of the survey in Shinfield.

The IEE suggest that a periodic test be conducted at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting out).

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour commented that there could be some brown asbestos roof tiles affecting the house. Why would there be asbestos?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic fibrous material formed from metamorphic rocks. Some types may be in building materials including sealant.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent tensile strength qualities and it may be found in roof tiles.

All forms (including white) are ultimately carcinogenic and might lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to displace the asbestos. Professional advice must be taken ASAP.

Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. Your Shinfield surveyor should mention suspected asbestos and should inform you of the options.

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