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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 Home Buyers Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Torfaen

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if planning to purchase a property made of standard building materials i.e. brick and tile, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Torfaen

    The Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Torfaen) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor and is more detailed. Choose this for unconventional , for example thatched buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Torfaen

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Torfaen and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the Torfaen property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations on the Torfaen property, RICS advise you book a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Torfaen property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Torfaen Home Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the mid 90s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to create problems? Will the Torfaen Building Survey consider this?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Issues range from compression of layers of the sub-soil to movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content, both of which can put a property's foundations under great strain. There may be little evidence of underlying defects. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a property's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. There is a real benefit in booking a Torfaen surveyor to carry out your House Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand.

Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Conservation area

Will there be any potential pitfalls we would be advised to look into when intending to buy a building in Torfaen near a conservation area ?

There are nearly 10, 000 of designated conservation areas in the UK which are governed by local councils. Your surveyor are required by RICS to have relevant knowledge of local area factors and any connection they have with the building and its value. Values will likely be inflated as a result of the areas retaining original features. However many areas have been neglected and are in a poor state for example - the addition of PVC windows and doors

Surveyors are trained to report if the house is or might be classified as such and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of the Homebuyer Report will advise additional due diligence and enquiries are conducted by the solicitor or conveyancer. Unconsented modifications to the property may also be commented on, however these should be investigated by your conveyancer.

Damage resulting from flooding

Will the HomeBuyer Report inquire into flooding damage, or if neighbour's houses have been affected?

Unfortunately, distance from water or height above sea level is no guarantee that a residential property will be secure against floods, and the value of a residential property in an at-risk area may be impacted. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the residential property in question is in danger. In addition, the Building Survey may offer advice to limit damage in the event of flooding.Preventative measures can include costly but effective solutions e.g. lime-based plaster. The house surveyor may ask the seller if the home has previously flooded. Note that the response to such enquires should not be exclusively relied upon.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Torfaen and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the Torfaen property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations on the Torfaen property, RICS advise you book a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Torfaen property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Torfaen Home Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the mid 90s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to create problems? Will the Torfaen Building Survey consider this?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Issues range from compression of layers of the sub-soil to movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content, both of which can put a property's foundations under great strain. There may be little evidence of underlying defects. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a property's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. There is a real benefit in booking a Torfaen surveyor to carry out your House Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand.



Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Conservation area

Will there be any potential pitfalls we would be advised to look into when intending to buy a building in Torfaen near a conservation area ?

There are nearly 10, 000 of designated conservation areas in the UK which are governed by local councils. Your surveyor are required by RICS to have relevant knowledge of local area factors and any connection they have with the building and its value. Values will likely be inflated as a result of the areas retaining original features. However many areas have been neglected and are in a poor state for example - the addition of PVC windows and doors

Surveyors are trained to report if the house is or might be classified as such and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of the Homebuyer Report will advise additional due diligence and enquiries are conducted by the solicitor or conveyancer. Unconsented modifications to the property may also be commented on, however these should be investigated by your conveyancer.

Damage resulting from flooding

Will the HomeBuyer Report inquire into flooding damage, or if neighbour's houses have been affected?

Unfortunately, distance from water or height above sea level is no guarantee that a residential property will be secure against floods, and the value of a residential property in an at-risk area may be impacted. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the residential property in question is in danger. In addition, the Building Survey may offer advice to limit damage in the event of flooding.Preventative measures can include costly but effective solutions e.g. lime-based plaster. The house surveyor may ask the seller if the home has previously flooded. Note that the response to such enquires should not be exclusively relied upon.

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