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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 Home Survey ? Which one should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Underwood

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen when you are purchasing a home built from conventional building materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Underwood

    A Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Underwood) will also be conducted by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. wood frame houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Underwood

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Underwood and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Underwood property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Underwood property's general condition along with advice on structural defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Underwood House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damaged Render

What sort of thing will the RICS Surveyor take into account on a stipple rendered (stucco) Victorian house in Underwood that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is just a type of solid render. Normally it is layered over brick (sometimes also ceilings) that sets to a flat surface, often then trowled to give the appearance of stone blocks. Stucco render is very beautiful and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency houses. it can be prone to defect and Underwood surveyors can show any number of problems for example, when it is faced with driving rain which becomes saturated prone to damage from frost

Another example of problems may result from the carrying of heavy weight or loads such as cracking under supports carrying concrete roof tiles that have absorbed water. Remedying problems may be costly as craftsmen are becoming more difficult to find.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The home we plan to buy is built on clay soil. Does the Underwood Property Survey cover this?

The content of soil around the foundations of a house in Underwood can have unwanted consequences. Issues range from compression of layers of the sub-soil to soil movement, both of which can put a house's foundations under great strain. 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, such as a difficult-to-open kitchen window.

Taking precautions, such as removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains, to prevent water leaking into the soil, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Poor roof maintenance caused problems in the old property. What advice would the surveyor give in their report?

Homes in the area that are otherwise ideal can still be subject to damage to the roof, including. From the dormers to the valley gutters, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Underwood, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the surveyors will look for a range of signs, including badly installed felting.

Given the high cost of major roof repairs like re-covering asphalt, some homeowners may defer maintenance indefinitely. This makes both the cause and the consequences harder and even more expensive to treat when repairs do take place. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a local roofing specialist a quote for any suggested work.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Underwood and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Underwood property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Underwood property's general condition along with advice on structural defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Underwood House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damaged Render

What sort of thing will the RICS Surveyor take into account on a stipple rendered (stucco) Victorian house in Underwood that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is just a type of solid render. Normally it is layered over brick (sometimes also ceilings) that sets to a flat surface, often then trowled to give the appearance of stone blocks. Stucco render is very beautiful and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency houses. it can be prone to defect and Underwood surveyors can show any number of problems for example, when it is faced with driving rain which becomes saturated prone to damage from frost

Another example of problems may result from the carrying of heavy weight or loads such as cracking under supports carrying concrete roof tiles that have absorbed water. Remedying problems may be costly as craftsmen are becoming more difficult to find.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The home we plan to buy is built on clay soil. Does the Underwood Property Survey cover this?

The content of soil around the foundations of a house in Underwood can have unwanted consequences. Issues range from compression of layers of the sub-soil to soil movement, both of which can put a house's foundations under great strain. 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, such as a difficult-to-open kitchen window.

Taking precautions, such as removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains, to prevent water leaking into the soil, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Poor roof maintenance caused problems in the old property. What advice would the surveyor give in their report?

Homes in the area that are otherwise ideal can still be subject to damage to the roof, including. From the dormers to the valley gutters, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Underwood, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the surveyors will look for a range of signs, including badly installed felting.

Given the high cost of major roof repairs like re-covering asphalt, some homeowners may defer maintenance indefinitely. This makes both the cause and the consequences harder and even more expensive to treat when repairs do take place. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a local roofing specialist a quote for any suggested work.

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