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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.

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.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What possible solutions are to available to resolve this?

Movement of the foundations of a building is called subsidence. Buyers in Shinfield should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. In some older buildings cracks may be visible in the Summer months that close up in the Winter when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, impacting the property's structure in clay soil as water is drawn out of the soil by plants. In extreme environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. You may need to monitor (and measure) the cracks for as much as a year before the picture becomes entirely clear.

Gas flame

Will a chartered surveyor report on the condition of the gas appliances?

A local surveyor will visually look at the accessible parts of the gas system. The survey will include the mains gas installation at the home, as well as gas connected fittings, for instance the condition of gas piping in loft spaces. The gas fittings won't be undone. Gas is potentially dangerous and if there are any worries relating to gas installations or if you smell the distinctive smell of gas, call a gas engineer.

Gas Safe certified Berkshire based local companies include Baumatic Ltd of Baumatic Buildings, 6 Bennet Road, Reading, Berkshire Tel. 07771906247 and Adept Heating & Plumbing of 32 Westlands Avenue, Reading, Berkshire Tel. 01189670907.

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.

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.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What possible solutions are to available to resolve this?

Movement of the foundations of a building is called subsidence. Buyers in Shinfield should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. In some older buildings cracks may be visible in the Summer months that close up in the Winter when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, impacting the property's structure in clay soil as water is drawn out of the soil by plants. In extreme environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. You may need to monitor (and measure) the cracks for as much as a year before the picture becomes entirely clear.

Gas flame

Will a chartered surveyor report on the condition of the gas appliances?

A local surveyor will visually look at the accessible parts of the gas system. The survey will include the mains gas installation at the home, as well as gas connected fittings, for instance the condition of gas piping in loft spaces. The gas fittings won't be undone. Gas is potentially dangerous and if there are any worries relating to gas installations or if you smell the distinctive smell of gas, call a gas engineer.

Gas Safe certified Berkshire based local companies include Baumatic Ltd of Baumatic Buildings, 6 Bennet Road, Reading, Berkshire Tel. 07771906247 and Adept Heating & Plumbing of 32 Westlands Avenue, Reading, Berkshire Tel. 01189670907.

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