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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 Home Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Stevenage

    The Homebuyer Report should be selected if buying a property constructed from conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Stevenage

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Stevenage) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. timber wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Stevenage

    This is an independent valuation of the property. 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

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Stevenage and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Stevenage property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make alterations, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Stevenage property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Stevenage House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there might be asbestos coatings spayed on beams in existence at the house. What is asbestos and can it be easily removed?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material of several naturally occurring materials. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials e.g. lagging.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good heat resistance qualities and it may be found in insulation. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are potentially deadly and might lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Contrary to breathing in a solitary fibre is not fatal.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered however, not to disturb asbestos and professional advice must be taken without delay. Professional removal of asbestos can be dear but must be completed by professionals.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Stevenage home survey. However, surveyors will report on the risk of asbestos and should recommend relevant tests.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a property in Stevenage and the vendor has told us that it has been built with Forest of Dean stone. Which major problems should we consider, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Britain's range of geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Stainton Sandstone to Portland Fancy Beach Limestone. Defects affecting stone-built houses in Stevenage can vary, deteriorating mortar being relatively common. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. These are employed as a decorative front, with brick or irregular walls. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are buying an older converted barn in Stevenage. What effect will the construction have on repairs?

Some buyers hope to own a old, characterful home one day. For houses in Stevenage built before the 20th Century, age, however, can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers. Stevenage houses built with traditional methods can be challenging to repair. You should be aware that specialist knowledge may be needed, and it could also be necessary to find Traditional building materials, which could result in higher ongoing expenses.Speak to your building surveyor for further advice.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Stevenage and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Stevenage property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make alterations, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Stevenage property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Stevenage House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there might be asbestos coatings spayed on beams in existence at the house. What is asbestos and can it be easily removed?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material of several naturally occurring materials. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials e.g. lagging.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good heat resistance qualities and it may be found in insulation. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are potentially deadly and might lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Contrary to breathing in a solitary fibre is not fatal.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered however, not to disturb asbestos and professional advice must be taken without delay. Professional removal of asbestos can be dear but must be completed by professionals.



Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Stevenage home survey. However, surveyors will report on the risk of asbestos and should recommend relevant tests.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a property in Stevenage and the vendor has told us that it has been built with Forest of Dean stone. Which major problems should we consider, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Britain's range of geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Stainton Sandstone to Portland Fancy Beach Limestone. Defects affecting stone-built houses in Stevenage can vary, deteriorating mortar being relatively common. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. These are employed as a decorative front, with brick or irregular walls. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are buying an older converted barn in Stevenage. What effect will the construction have on repairs?

Some buyers hope to own a old, characterful home one day. For houses in Stevenage built before the 20th Century, age, however, can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers. Stevenage houses built with traditional methods can be challenging to repair. You should be aware that specialist knowledge may be needed, and it could also be necessary to find Traditional building materials, which could result in higher ongoing expenses.Speak to your building surveyor for further advice.

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