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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 choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in West Byfleet

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected if you are purchasing a home made of conventional building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in West Byfleet

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in West Byfleet) will also be carried out by a RICS accredited surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in West Byfleet

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is typically chosen by cash buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in West Byfleet and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the West Byfleet property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension, it would be better that you book a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, but it will offer comprehensive details of the West Byfleet property's state of repair in addition to an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a West Byfleet Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be the cause of many issues for West Byfleet property? Will a Property Survey look into this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Surveyors handle more questions relating to subsidence than any other topic, and clay soil is a major contributing factor to the problem. Issues range from soil compaction or compression 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. In West Byfleet'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. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as

a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Taking precautions, such as checking that the downpipe drains correctly, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Small areas of wet and dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Landfill site near home

What should I be aware of when buying a property next to a refuse landfill site

Landfill Sites take many forms e.g. industrial waste. No one ideally wants to live near one (most people do live under 2km away from one). Risks might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health problems like spina bifida have been linked to landfill sites .

Surveys in West Byfleet will consider structural defects resulting from the site. Your solicitor will commission environmental searches of the Environmental Agency database and Elmbridge Local Authority and give you the results of the search .

Damaged Render

What will my West Byfleet Surveyor examine on a stucco house in West Byfleet that we intend to purchase.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is actually just a kind of render. Typically it is applied to brick hardens to form a very smooth surface. The coating is highly beautiful and is found on Regency houses. It is almost exactly the same as mortar in its nature. It used to contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it as well as a plastic under mesh to help prevent cracks. it can be problematic and West Byfleet surveyors can focus on any number of problems such as trapped moisture leading to the render failing

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include when the stucco has been taken down to ground level and short circuits the DPC or Damp Proof Course. Re-applying problems may be costly as skilled tradesmen are getting rarer.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in West Byfleet and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the West Byfleet property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension, it would be better that you book a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, but it will offer comprehensive details of the West Byfleet property's state of repair in addition to an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a West Byfleet Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be the cause of many issues for West Byfleet property? Will a Property Survey look into this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Surveyors handle more questions relating to subsidence than any other topic, and clay soil is a major contributing factor to the problem. Issues range from soil compaction or compression 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. In West Byfleet'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. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as



a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Taking precautions, such as checking that the downpipe drains correctly, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. Small areas of wet and dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Landfill site near home

What should I be aware of when buying a property next to a refuse landfill site

Landfill Sites take many forms e.g. industrial waste. No one ideally wants to live near one (most people do live under 2km away from one). Risks might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health problems like spina bifida have been linked to landfill sites .

Surveys in West Byfleet will consider structural defects resulting from the site. Your solicitor will commission environmental searches of the Environmental Agency database and Elmbridge Local Authority and give you the results of the search .

Damaged Render

What will my West Byfleet Surveyor examine on a stucco house in West Byfleet that we intend to purchase.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is actually just a kind of render. Typically it is applied to brick hardens to form a very smooth surface. The coating is highly beautiful and is found on Regency houses. It is almost exactly the same as mortar in its nature. It used to contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it as well as a plastic under mesh to help prevent cracks. it can be problematic and West Byfleet surveyors can focus on any number of problems such as trapped moisture leading to the render failing

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include when the stucco has been taken down to ground level and short circuits the DPC or Damp Proof Course. Re-applying problems may be costly as skilled tradesmen are getting rarer.

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