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  Mortgage Valuation
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  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 is right for my potential property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in St Andrews

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice when planning to purchase a property 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 St Andrews

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in St Andrews) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor and is more detailed. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. mundic homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in St Andrews

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in St Andrews and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the St Andrews property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out significant alterations, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the St Andrews property's condition in addition to information on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a St Andrews House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

House Prices

There is a house in St Andrews on with a local agent. What things does the local surveyor evaluate when estimating house prices in St Andrews ?

There are a huge number of issues which could affect the price of property such as any number of structural defects or the internal layout. .

The most accurate way for home buyers to get a formal house valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report which includes a formal valuation as an inclusive part. Your qualified surveyor will be officially part of the Valuer Registration Scheme. The scheme is intended to raise consumer confidence and improves standards.

A professional chartered surveyor should attend the site in addition to considering the myriad of influences that can affect the value of property.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as professional fees e.g legal fees) and what will it include?

St Andrews Homebuyer Reports an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost estimate as a standard part of the survey. To be able to determine an accurate estimate of the value of the building your chartered surveyor will take into account area knowledge as well as other factors about the property e.g. square metres.

Surveyors also examine materials used and use other assumptions like no significant problems. Surveyors don't value certain things like sales incentives.

Further area assumptions, such as use of communal facilities or connection to sewers, are made as well as any significant St Andrews environmental problems like local mining issues, also being considered. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a home in St Andrews and found cracks along the basement ceiling, could this be evidence of subsidence? Is this a serious danger, and what possible solutions are to available to fix this?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. Additionally, most homes in St Andrews are erected with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Cracks to a door frame are a plain indication of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. Inside, keep an eye out for fresh cracks in brick or plaster.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.This need not be expensive.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in St Andrews and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the St Andrews property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out significant alterations, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the St Andrews property's condition in addition to information on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a St Andrews House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

House Prices

There is a house in St Andrews on with a local agent. What things does the local surveyor evaluate when estimating house prices in St Andrews ?

There are a huge number of issues which could affect the price of property such as any number of structural defects or the internal layout. .

The most accurate way for home buyers to get a formal house valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report which includes a formal valuation as an inclusive part. Your qualified surveyor will be officially part of the Valuer Registration Scheme. The scheme is intended to raise consumer confidence and improves standards.

A professional chartered surveyor should attend the site in addition to considering the myriad of influences that can affect the value of property.



RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as professional fees e.g legal fees) and what will it include?

St Andrews Homebuyer Reports an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost estimate as a standard part of the survey. To be able to determine an accurate estimate of the value of the building your chartered surveyor will take into account area knowledge as well as other factors about the property e.g. square metres.

Surveyors also examine materials used and use other assumptions like no significant problems. Surveyors don't value certain things like sales incentives.

Further area assumptions, such as use of communal facilities or connection to sewers, are made as well as any significant St Andrews environmental problems like local mining issues, also being considered. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a home in St Andrews and found cracks along the basement ceiling, could this be evidence of subsidence? Is this a serious danger, and what possible solutions are to available to fix this?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. Additionally, most homes in St Andrews are erected with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Cracks to a door frame are a plain indication of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. Inside, keep an eye out for fresh cracks in brick or plaster.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.This need not be expensive.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

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