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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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 should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Swindon

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice if buying a property constructed from conventional materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Swindon

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Swindon) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard e.g. thatched buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Swindon

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is typically chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Swindon property is a flat, or is a period property, 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 thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Swindon property's condition and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Swindon Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Shocking Electrics

When we visited the thirties house we are interested to move into we saw that there were damaged electrical sockets - will the Swindon surveyor go into detail on any faults with the electrics?

When conducting a Building Survey in Swindon the surveyor should usually make a note on the overall electrical system if it is apparent that the electrics are in an unsatisfactory state of repair.

This should include a non invasive inspection of the superficial areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as areas e.g. inspecting the category of the electrical fittings in bathrooms. Inspecting any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the building will be part of the survey in Swindon.

Confirming the existence of any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations carried out by a suitably qualified electrician should usually be part of the Homebuyer report in Swindon .

Roof defects identified during a survey

We have made an offer for a building with a converted attic in Swindon , and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What does a building surveyor pay attention to during the survey?

Property in Swindon in good condition may be exposed to roof maintenance problems. From rafters to parapet walls, the whole roof will be taken into account. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of amateur repairs.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Swindon, but it is a health and safety necessity. A contractor with a good reference can provide a quote. Speak to Roofs R Us of 116 Commercial Rd, Swindon, SN1 5BD on 07935 260515 for a quote.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Swindon might be worth checking. What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement will often occur in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water builds up in the soil, which may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence. In areas where clay soil is common, if it has not rained for some time, the water level underground will drop. This dries out and shrinks the clay, putting a strain on the foundations and which causes subsidence. In serious weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. 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, with no underpinning required. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Swindon property is a flat, or is a period property, 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 thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Swindon property's condition and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Swindon Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Shocking Electrics

When we visited the thirties house we are interested to move into we saw that there were damaged electrical sockets - will the Swindon surveyor go into detail on any faults with the electrics?

When conducting a Building Survey in Swindon the surveyor should usually make a note on the overall electrical system if it is apparent that the electrics are in an unsatisfactory state of repair.

This should include a non invasive inspection of the superficial areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as areas e.g. inspecting the category of the electrical fittings in bathrooms. Inspecting any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the building will be part of the survey in Swindon.

Confirming the existence of any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations carried out by a suitably qualified electrician should usually be part of the Homebuyer report in Swindon .



Roof defects identified during a survey

We have made an offer for a building with a converted attic in Swindon , and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What does a building surveyor pay attention to during the survey?

Property in Swindon in good condition may be exposed to roof maintenance problems. From rafters to parapet walls, the whole roof will be taken into account. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of amateur repairs.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Swindon, but it is a health and safety necessity. A contractor with a good reference can provide a quote. Speak to Roofs R Us of 116 Commercial Rd, Swindon, SN1 5BD on 07935 260515 for a quote.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Swindon might be worth checking. What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement will often occur in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water builds up in the soil, which may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence. In areas where clay soil is common, if it has not rained for some time, the water level underground will drop. This dries out and shrinks the clay, putting a strain on the foundations and which causes subsidence. In serious weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. 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, with no underpinning required. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

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