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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 intended home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Small Heath

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if purchasing a property constructed from conventional building materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Small Heath

    A Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Small Heath) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more detailed. Select this survey for non standard property such as mundic homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Small Heath

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Small Heath and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Small Heath property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap but it will give a more detailed analysis of the Small Heath property's state of repair along with advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain a Small Heath Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder has mentioned subsidence has been a concern. What options are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be set right. In some older buildings cracks appear in Summer which will close up again as the weather cools when the materials contract, absorbing more moisture.

Subsidence results from a range of factors. For example, water leaking from a collapsed drainage will wash soil away from the foundations. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. 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.

Landfill site near home

What should we be wary of if buying a house close to a refuse landfill site

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes including hazardous waste material disposal. Of course nobody wants to live near one (most people do live within 1.5m of one!). Concerns might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health concerns like cancer have been associated to landfill sites .

Small Heath RICS surveyors will consider any structural issues linked to the landfill. Your legal representative will commission environmental searches of the Landmark data sets and Birmingham Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

Traditionally built property

We are buying an old coast house. What consequences will the rafter roof have on upkeep?

A building's age can be problematic. Small Heath houses showcasing traditional methods can be costly to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. .

Construction materials, such as stone quarried in the Small Heath area, may also need to be sourced. If you have doubts, speak to the surveyor for more detail.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Small Heath and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Small Heath property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap but it will give a more detailed analysis of the Small Heath property's state of repair along with advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain a Small Heath Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder has mentioned subsidence has been a concern. What options are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be set right. In some older buildings cracks appear in Summer which will close up again as the weather cools when the materials contract, absorbing more moisture.

Subsidence results from a range of factors. For example, water leaking from a collapsed drainage will wash soil away from the foundations. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Signs of potential subsidence include fresh cracks in brick or plaster.



Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. 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.

Landfill site near home

What should we be wary of if buying a house close to a refuse landfill site

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes including hazardous waste material disposal. Of course nobody wants to live near one (most people do live within 1.5m of one!). Concerns might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health concerns like cancer have been associated to landfill sites .

Small Heath RICS surveyors will consider any structural issues linked to the landfill. Your legal representative will commission environmental searches of the Landmark data sets and Birmingham Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

Traditionally built property

We are buying an old coast house. What consequences will the rafter roof have on upkeep?

A building's age can be problematic. Small Heath houses showcasing traditional methods can be costly to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. .

Construction materials, such as stone quarried in the Small Heath area, may also need to be sourced. If you have doubts, speak to the surveyor for more detail.

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