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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.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a home in St Albans and noticed there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but living room floor dips noticeably. What can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of a building on a structural level is called subsidence. Often, homes in St Albans are built with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

In areas of clay soil, a dry spell will lower the water table. This dries out and shrinks the clay, pulling on the building's structure and which causes subsidence. In severe environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. 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.

Stone block wall damage

Can York stone-built property be a challenge. What potential issues should we be aware of, and what will the survey reveal?

Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Naylor Hill Sandstone to Rockingstone Sandstone. The problems which can plague poorly maintained stone vary considerably. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to houses in St Albans, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used around doors and window frames. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are buying an old converted cow-house. What should be budgeted for upkeep?

Vernacular architecture can worry purchasers. St Albans structures featuring traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be surprisingly expensive to repair. You should be aware that specialist expertise may be needed. .

Construction materials, such as original bricks, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Grade I listed property. This may result in higher ongoing expenses. Erected between 1401 and 1531, Market Place, Clock Tower in St Albans is a traditional clock tower of the time.

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.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a home in St Albans and noticed there are no cracks in the brickwork outside, but living room floor dips noticeably. What can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of a building on a structural level is called subsidence. Often, homes in St Albans are built with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

In areas of clay soil, a dry spell will lower the water table. This dries out and shrinks the clay, pulling on the building's structure and which causes subsidence. In severe environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.



Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. 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.

Stone block wall damage

Can York stone-built property be a challenge. What potential issues should we be aware of, and what will the survey reveal?

Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Naylor Hill Sandstone to Rockingstone Sandstone. The problems which can plague poorly maintained stone vary considerably. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to houses in St Albans, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used around doors and window frames. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are buying an old converted cow-house. What should be budgeted for upkeep?

Vernacular architecture can worry purchasers. St Albans structures featuring traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be surprisingly expensive to repair. You should be aware that specialist expertise may be needed. .

Construction materials, such as original bricks, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Grade I listed property. This may result in higher ongoing expenses. Erected between 1401 and 1531, Market Place, Clock Tower in St Albans is a traditional clock tower of the time.

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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