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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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Need a Property Survey ? Which one should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Waterbeach

    The Homebuyer Report should be selected when you are purchasing a property made of standard building materials i.e. tile & brick, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Waterbeach

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Waterbeach) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. timber frame houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Waterbeach

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This is often chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Waterbeach and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Waterbeach property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any alterations, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap however it does give an in-depth analysis of the Waterbeach property's general condition as well as information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information get an instant Waterbeach Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Waterbeach? Will the Waterbeach Home Buyers Survey consider this?

Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects, with groundwater level variations and consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss being relatively common. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. Signs like warped window frames in the lounge can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding. 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.

Shocking Electrics

When I went to see the period property I am intending to acquire, it looked like there is deterioration in the wiring and RCD unit, does a the Waterbeach surveyor report on the wiring and electrical system?

When preparing a Waterbeach Homebuyer Report the RICS surveyor will typically mention the overall electrical system if it is apparent that the electrics are in an unsatisfactory state of repair. This will include an overview (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection and examination of the unconcealed parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as issues like inspecting the category of electrical fittings in shower rooms or verifying the condition of a representative sample of the range of light fittings and switch gear. Verifying the location of the documents from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by a suitably qualified electrician on the building should usually be part of the survey.

Asbestos roof tiles

The agent said there is a risk of blue asbestos fire doors present in house. What are the issues with asbestos?

Asbestos is a potentially deadly fibrous mineral. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials e.g. asbestos blocks.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good fire retarding qualities and it may be found in asbestos packing in stud walls for example.

All forms including white ( Chrysotile) are carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered on no account to displace it and professional advice must be taken as soon as possible.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Waterbeach HomeBuyer report. Surveyors will mention suspected asbestos and should suggest experts are consulted.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Waterbeach and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Waterbeach property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any alterations, RICS recommend you commission a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap however it does give an in-depth analysis of the Waterbeach property's general condition as well as information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information get an instant Waterbeach Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Waterbeach? Will the Waterbeach Home Buyers Survey consider this?

Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects, with groundwater level variations and consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss being relatively common. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. Signs like warped window frames in the lounge can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding. 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.



Shocking Electrics

When I went to see the period property I am intending to acquire, it looked like there is deterioration in the wiring and RCD unit, does a the Waterbeach surveyor report on the wiring and electrical system?

When preparing a Waterbeach Homebuyer Report the RICS surveyor will typically mention the overall electrical system if it is apparent that the electrics are in an unsatisfactory state of repair. This will include an overview (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection and examination of the unconcealed parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as issues like inspecting the category of electrical fittings in shower rooms or verifying the condition of a representative sample of the range of light fittings and switch gear. Verifying the location of the documents from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by a suitably qualified electrician on the building should usually be part of the survey.

Asbestos roof tiles

The agent said there is a risk of blue asbestos fire doors present in house. What are the issues with asbestos?

Asbestos is a potentially deadly fibrous mineral. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials e.g. asbestos blocks.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good fire retarding qualities and it may be found in asbestos packing in stud walls for example.

All forms including white ( Chrysotile) are carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered on no account to displace it and professional advice must be taken as soon as possible.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Waterbeach HomeBuyer report. Surveyors will mention suspected asbestos and should suggest experts are consulted.

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