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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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What Home Survey do I need for my home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in St Albans

    The Homebuyer Report should be selected if purchasing a home built from standard materials i.e. tile & brick, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in St Albans

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in St Albans) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this survey for non standard property such as cellared houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in St Albans

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in St Albans and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the St Albans property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give a thorough analysis of the St Albans property's state of repair and it includes advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant St Albans Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

I've put in an offer in St Albans. What directions can a St Albans surveyor offer?

Brick residential property be subject to several common problems, such as moisture damage. One particularly serious issue is diagonal cracking caused by ground movement. Contact Dee Colin for a repairs estimate at 0191-377 9562 or 5 Sanderson St, Coxhoe, Durham, DH6 4DG.

A range of styles and techniques of brick building are used in properties built throughout the ages. Maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costly than you assume. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect does heavy rainfall have on a house? Also, if there is damage, will they be inconvenient to fix?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather this issue is overlooked by home buyers. One indication that rainwater goods are at risk is corroded downspouts.

Whether buying in St Albans or elsewhere, difficult rainwater goods does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix if dealt with quickly.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

I'm confused - which surveys include a valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as reconstructing permanent outbuildings) and what does it include?

A Homebuyer Report will contain an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard. When calculating an accurate estimate of the value of the building your surveyor will factor in local St Albans market factors and other factors about the property for instance: size Your St Albans surveyor will also consider construction type and will draw upon other assumptions e.g. there being no serious defects. Surveyors don't factor in certain things like sales incentives.

Additional local St Albans area conjectures, like services, are made in addition to St Albans environmental issues like brine mining activity, which are also considered as part of the valuation. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in St Albans and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the St Albans property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give a thorough analysis of the St Albans property's state of repair and it includes advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant St Albans Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

I've put in an offer in St Albans. What directions can a St Albans surveyor offer?

Brick residential property be subject to several common problems, such as moisture damage. One particularly serious issue is diagonal cracking caused by ground movement. Contact Dee Colin for a repairs estimate at 0191-377 9562 or 5 Sanderson St, Coxhoe, Durham, DH6 4DG.

A range of styles and techniques of brick building are used in properties built throughout the ages. Maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costly than you assume. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.



Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect does heavy rainfall have on a house? Also, if there is damage, will they be inconvenient to fix?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather this issue is overlooked by home buyers. One indication that rainwater goods are at risk is corroded downspouts.

Whether buying in St Albans or elsewhere, difficult rainwater goods does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix if dealt with quickly.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

I'm confused - which surveys include a valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as reconstructing permanent outbuildings) and what does it include?

A Homebuyer Report will contain an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard. When calculating an accurate estimate of the value of the building your surveyor will factor in local St Albans market factors and other factors about the property for instance: size Your St Albans surveyor will also consider construction type and will draw upon other assumptions e.g. there being no serious defects. Surveyors don't factor in certain things like sales incentives.

Additional local St Albans area conjectures, like services, are made in addition to St Albans environmental issues like brine mining activity, which are also considered as part of the valuation. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

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Recent St Albans Surveyor Reports

  • Driveway slope creates damp problems

    By Stewart Heasman November 14th, 2012

    The living room of this property was suffering extensive damp and water damage below a bay window at the front of the house. The main cause of this moisture build-up appeared to be the construction of an uneven paved area, used as a drive. The drive sloped downwards toward the front wall of...

  • Rising Damp Ruins Bathroom

    By Scott Oke November 7th, 2012

    This property, located near St Albans's town centre, suffered from Rising Damp [1] throughout the ground floor, with evidence of further damp affecting timbers in the loft space. Evidence of penetrating damp was particularly clear in the... [1] http://surveyorlocal.co.uk/glossary/rising-damp