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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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What building survey is the right choice for my intended house purchase in Thurston?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Thurston

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when planning to buy a property made of standard building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Thurston

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Thurston) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more thorough. Select this option for non standard property such as timber wall buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Thurston

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is often chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Thurston and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Thurston property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out an extension, you should you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it does give a more detailed analysis of the Thurston property's state of repair as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant Thurston House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder has mentioned subsidence might be a concern affecting the property. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence information does the Thurston Building Survey include?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. In some older houses cracks appear in Summer[ that close up in the winter] when the materials absorb moisture.

Cracks to a hall are a clear clue of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. A sudden change in the weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient.

Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Building Surveys on houses

As it is more expensive, what is the justification to get the full structural survey if purchasing a defective terraced bungalow near Thurston instead of a HomeBuyer Report?

Often still called the Structural Survey by many, it is now defunct and as it has been superseded by RICS(Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and the proper name is now the Building Survey. When contemplating the buying of an altered house - such as a tatty house - this is now the most appropriate choice to go for. After a thorough visual inspection of any accessible parts, a formal written report will be emailed and posted to the buyer specifying thorough and critical advice on the state of repair of the property.

There will be a few limitations with a Building Survey to be aware of because a local surveyor will not be able to force or open up the fabric of the Thurston property e.g. removing the contents of cupboards.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does a survey include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of reconstructing a retaining wall) and how is it calculated?

A Homebuyer Report on a Thurston property will contain a valuation and a reinstatement cost as part of the survey. When calculating an accurate value estimate your RICS valuer will refer to local Thurston market factors as well as other factors about the property e.g. desirability of the location. Surveyors also examine style of architecture and use key assumptions like the property is connected to mains services such as gas. Surveyors ignore things like furnishings e.g. carpets.

Additional local Thurston area assumptions, for example service connections, are made in addition to environmental problems like railways, which will also be factored in.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Thurston and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Thurston property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out an extension, you should you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it does give a more detailed analysis of the Thurston property's state of repair as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant Thurston House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder has mentioned subsidence might be a concern affecting the property. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence information does the Thurston Building Survey include?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. In some older houses cracks appear in Summer[ that close up in the winter] when the materials absorb moisture.

Cracks to a hall are a clear clue of subsidence. These could, fortunately, be merely superficial. A sudden change in the weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient.



Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Building Surveys on houses

As it is more expensive, what is the justification to get the full structural survey if purchasing a defective terraced bungalow near Thurston instead of a HomeBuyer Report?

Often still called the Structural Survey by many, it is now defunct and as it has been superseded by RICS(Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) and the proper name is now the Building Survey. When contemplating the buying of an altered house - such as a tatty house - this is now the most appropriate choice to go for. After a thorough visual inspection of any accessible parts, a formal written report will be emailed and posted to the buyer specifying thorough and critical advice on the state of repair of the property.

There will be a few limitations with a Building Survey to be aware of because a local surveyor will not be able to force or open up the fabric of the Thurston property e.g. removing the contents of cupboards.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does a survey include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of reconstructing a retaining wall) and how is it calculated?

A Homebuyer Report on a Thurston property will contain a valuation and a reinstatement cost as part of the survey. When calculating an accurate value estimate your RICS valuer will refer to local Thurston market factors as well as other factors about the property e.g. desirability of the location. Surveyors also examine style of architecture and use key assumptions like the property is connected to mains services such as gas. Surveyors ignore things like furnishings e.g. carpets.

Additional local Thurston area assumptions, for example service connections, are made in addition to environmental problems like railways, which will also be factored in.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

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