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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 Watford

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected if buying a property built from conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Watford

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Watford) is also conducted by a RICS qualified surveyor and is more exhaustive. Select this for an unconventional property, for example stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Watford

    This is an impartial valuation . This is chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Watford and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same.

If the Watford property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Watford property's general condition as well as information on defects and maintenance options .

For more information get a Watford Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Building Surveys on houses

Is it the right choice to upgrade to full structural survey before buying a poor condition thirties cottage in Watford?

Full Structural Surveys are now known as Building Surveys. It is the right choice of home survey when purchasing a modified house, for example a neglected Watford house. The written report sets out in depth and often critical insight on the property's construction materials as well as any maintenance needs a thorough visual inspection of the accessible parts of the house. For more on the different HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys visit here.

Landfill site near home

What should we be wary of when buying a maisonette near to a refuse tip

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes e.g. non-hazardous refuse disposal. Understandably, no one would want to live near one (80% of people live near one). Worries might include hazardous chemicals. Potential health concerns for example abdominal wall problems have been associated to landfill sites .

Homebuyer reports in Watford will examine any structural issues resulting from the landfill. Your solicitor will conduct environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases in addition to Hertsmere Local Authority and give you the results of the search .

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a property built in the late 30s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be the source of maintenance problems? Can my Watford Home Survey investigate this?

Clay soil can create numerous issues for property owners. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. In Watford's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself., such as separation of the skirting board from the floor. Steps like monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Watford and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same.

If the Watford property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Watford property's general condition as well as information on defects and maintenance options .

For more information get a Watford Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Building Surveys on houses

Is it the right choice to upgrade to full structural survey before buying a poor condition thirties cottage in Watford?

Full Structural Surveys are now known as Building Surveys. It is the right choice of home survey when purchasing a modified house, for example a neglected Watford house. The written report sets out in depth and often critical insight on the property's construction materials as well as any maintenance needs a thorough visual inspection of the accessible parts of the house. For more on the different HomeBuyer Reports and Building Surveys visit here.



Landfill site near home

What should we be wary of when buying a maisonette near to a refuse tip

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes e.g. non-hazardous refuse disposal. Understandably, no one would want to live near one (80% of people live near one). Worries might include hazardous chemicals. Potential health concerns for example abdominal wall problems have been associated to landfill sites .

Homebuyer reports in Watford will examine any structural issues resulting from the landfill. Your solicitor will conduct environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases in addition to Hertsmere Local Authority and give you the results of the search .

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a property built in the late 30s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be the source of maintenance problems? Can my Watford Home Survey investigate this?

Clay soil can create numerous issues for property owners. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. In Watford's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself., such as separation of the skirting board from the floor. Steps like monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

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