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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 select for my intended property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Sonning Common

    The Homebuyer Report should be selected if purchasing a home built from conventional building materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Sonning Common

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Sonning Common) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. stone wall properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Sonning Common

    This is a professional valuation . This is usually chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Sonning Common and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Sonning Common property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any major works on the Sonning Common property, you should you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it will offer a thorough analysis of the Sonning Common property's state of repair in addition to advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Sonning Common Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When we viewed the period property we are interested to buy, the agent said that there is an unsafe electrical system; does the surveyor write anything on the general state of the electrical system?

When performing a Sonning Common Homebuyer Report a qualified surveyor should comment on the condition of the electrics if it is suspected that they are in a hazardous condition. A professional surveyor should also provide detail on issues like verifying the condition of any fitted electrical appliances like storage heaters. Verifying the location of the documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the survey.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw evidence of that there is a 15mm crack above the windows in the lounge when we last viewed the flat. What subsidence issues does the Chartered Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new house after some months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and start to slip downhill. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise the structure. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. 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. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Damaged Render

What kind of problems will the Chartered Surveyor be looking for on a stucco rendered Victorian house in Sonning Common that I intend to purchase.

Stucco is in fact just a type of solid render. Normally stucco render is applied to brick that dries to a smooth stone like surface. The coating is highly appealing and is was often applied to Victorian properties. Stucco is often problematic and Surveyors in Sonning Common sometimes detail any number of problems e.g. lateral visible cracking that follows the lines of mortar in the brickwork.

Another example of problems may be when water beneath DPCs that results in the render detaching. Resolving problems with stucco can be surprisingly expensive as the skills are getting more difficult to find.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Sonning Common and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Sonning Common property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any major works on the Sonning Common property, you should you go for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it will offer a thorough analysis of the Sonning Common property's state of repair in addition to advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Sonning Common Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When we viewed the period property we are interested to buy, the agent said that there is an unsafe electrical system; does the surveyor write anything on the general state of the electrical system?

When performing a Sonning Common Homebuyer Report a qualified surveyor should comment on the condition of the electrics if it is suspected that they are in a hazardous condition. A professional surveyor should also provide detail on issues like verifying the condition of any fitted electrical appliances like storage heaters. Verifying the location of the documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the survey.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence


We saw evidence of that there is a 15mm crack above the windows in the lounge when we last viewed the flat. What subsidence issues does the Chartered Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new house after some months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and start to slip downhill. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise the structure. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. 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. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Damaged Render

What kind of problems will the Chartered Surveyor be looking for on a stucco rendered Victorian house in Sonning Common that I intend to purchase.

Stucco is in fact just a type of solid render. Normally stucco render is applied to brick that dries to a smooth stone like surface. The coating is highly appealing and is was often applied to Victorian properties. Stucco is often problematic and Surveyors in Sonning Common sometimes detail any number of problems e.g. lateral visible cracking that follows the lines of mortar in the brickwork.

Another example of problems may be when water beneath DPCs that results in the render detaching. Resolving problems with stucco can be surprisingly expensive as the skills are getting more difficult to find.

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