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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 Home Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in St Columb

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when planning to buy a property constructed from conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in St Columb

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in St Columb) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor but is more detailed. Select this when buying a non standard property such as stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in St Columb

    This is an independent valuation of the property. This report is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone 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 for a house in St Columb and which is cheaper?

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

If the St Columb property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out significant alterations, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the St Columb property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get a St Columb House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Other external areas of the property

On the HomeBuyer Report, can you give some examples of a green light rating defects for factors covered in Section E?

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, unlike some more complex survey reports. Three colour coded ratings give an understanding of to what extent each defect requires attention. Elements of the house which the surveyor has determined to be in a good state of repair are awarded a condition rating of 1, but maintenance may still be necessary. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. The structured format for the HomeBuyer Report is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any property purchasers. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property.

Quite a common example is ledger board problems. This category is used for external elements that require reporting that do not fit elsewhere in Section E.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Do I need to investigate downspouts?

Regular rainfall is common in St Columb and across the country, but this issue is ignored by purchasers. If you have only seen the property in dry conditions, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that gutters are blocked include rusted iron elements. This could then result in hazardous mould.

Whether buying in St Columb or elsewhere, difficult gutters does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to resolve, if caught early. If left untreated, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned there is a danger of blue asbestos textured coatings in the apartment. What is asbestos, can it be treated and will the building survey look at this?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic silicate material of several naturally occurring materials. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) were commonly found in the building materials such as artex. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent heat resistance qualities and it may be found in the home appliances.

All forms (including white) are ultimately potentially fatal and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods.

If discovered, one must be careful on no account to move the asbestos and expert advice should be sought ASAP. Never try to get rid of it yourself. Surveyors cannot confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. However, surveyors will note possible asbestos and will recommend relevant tests.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in St Columb and which is cheaper?

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

If the St Columb property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out significant alterations, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the St Columb property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get a St Columb House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Other external areas of the property

On the HomeBuyer Report, can you give some examples of a green light rating defects for factors covered in Section E?

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, unlike some more complex survey reports. Three colour coded ratings give an understanding of to what extent each defect requires attention. Elements of the house which the surveyor has determined to be in a good state of repair are awarded a condition rating of 1, but maintenance may still be necessary. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. The structured format for the HomeBuyer Report is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any property purchasers. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property.



Quite a common example is ledger board problems. This category is used for external elements that require reporting that do not fit elsewhere in Section E.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Do I need to investigate downspouts?

Regular rainfall is common in St Columb and across the country, but this issue is ignored by purchasers. If you have only seen the property in dry conditions, obvious defects may be harder to find. Signs that gutters are blocked include rusted iron elements. This could then result in hazardous mould.

Whether buying in St Columb or elsewhere, difficult gutters does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to resolve, if caught early. If left untreated, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned there is a danger of blue asbestos textured coatings in the apartment. What is asbestos, can it be treated and will the building survey look at this?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic silicate material of several naturally occurring materials. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) were commonly found in the building materials such as artex. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent heat resistance qualities and it may be found in the home appliances.

All forms (including white) are ultimately potentially fatal and can lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods.

If discovered, one must be careful on no account to move the asbestos and expert advice should be sought ASAP. Never try to get rid of it yourself. Surveyors cannot confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. However, surveyors will note possible asbestos and will recommend relevant tests.

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