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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  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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Need a Property Survey ? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in St James

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when buying a property constructed from conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in St James

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in St James) is also conducted by a RICS surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this for unconventional such as stone houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in St James

    This is an independent valuation . It is usually chosen by cash buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in St James and which would be cheaper?

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

If the St James property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension on the property, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it does give you exhaustive analysis of the St James property's state of repair as well as including advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant St James Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about bugs in the St James house we plan to buy - What advice should we get?

Buyers in St James should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to disclose a vermin problem. When purchasing a building, this matter should be borne in mind. Signs may not be obvious, woodworm, or larvae of the common furniture beetle, may be identified after finding neat small holes in wood, accompanied by piles of wood dust beneath. Remedies to pest problems can include chemical treatment.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The property we plan to buy is built on clay soil. What should we expect a Building Survey to include?

The content of soil around the foundations of a property in St James can have unwanted consequences. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Signs like a sticking door in the drawing room or small cracks in the drawing room ceiling can be early indications of very serious structural issues. Steps like keeping standing water on the property in check can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for reconstructing a boundary wall)

The Homebuyer Report contains a (registered valuer) surveyor valuation and a Reinstatement Cost as part of the survey. To ascertain the correct valuation your chartered surveyor will factor in knowledge of St James and other things about the property for instance: general condition.

Surveyors also reflect on style of architecture and will make certain key assumptions like it is connected to mains services. Surveyors disregard things like furnishings, for example curtains. The surveyor relies on standard assumptions that there aren't any major legal issues for example proper access over pathways. Advice should be sought from your conveyancing solicitor.

Further area conjectures, such as access to a flat or the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to environmental concerns like flightpaths, which will also be factored in.

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.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in St James and which would be cheaper?

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

If the St James property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension on the property, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it does give you exhaustive analysis of the St James property's state of repair as well as including advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant St James Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about bugs in the St James house we plan to buy - What advice should we get?

Buyers in St James should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to disclose a vermin problem. When purchasing a building, this matter should be borne in mind. Signs may not be obvious, woodworm, or larvae of the common furniture beetle, may be identified after finding neat small holes in wood, accompanied by piles of wood dust beneath. Remedies to pest problems can include chemical treatment.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The property we plan to buy is built on clay soil. What should we expect a Building Survey to include?

The content of soil around the foundations of a property in St James can have unwanted consequences. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Signs like a sticking door in the drawing room or small cracks in the drawing room ceiling can be early indications of very serious structural issues. Steps like keeping standing water on the property in check can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for reconstructing a boundary wall)

The Homebuyer Report contains a (registered valuer) surveyor valuation and a Reinstatement Cost as part of the survey. To ascertain the correct valuation your chartered surveyor will factor in knowledge of St James and other things about the property for instance: general condition.

Surveyors also reflect on style of architecture and will make certain key assumptions like it is connected to mains services. Surveyors disregard things like furnishings, for example curtains. The surveyor relies on standard assumptions that there aren't any major legal issues for example proper access over pathways. Advice should be sought from your conveyancing solicitor.

Further area conjectures, such as access to a flat or the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to environmental concerns like flightpaths, which will also be factored in.

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.

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