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  Mortgage Valuation
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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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Looking for a Home Survey ? Which one should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Westbury On Trym

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when purchasing a home built from standard materials such as tile & brick, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Westbury On Trym

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Westbury On Trym) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this for non standard property such as thatched roof houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Westbury On Trym

    This is an impartial valuation . This is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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  • HomeBuyer Report
    A Dorset Villas, Dorset Road, Westbury On Trym BS9

Home Buyers Survey Westbury On Trym

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Westbury On Trym and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Westbury On Trym property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any alterations, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, however it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Westbury On Trym property's general condition along with advice on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice get a Westbury On Trym Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

We are buying an older converted barn in Westbury On Trym. Will the house's age be a problem?

Vernacular, or traditional, architecture can sometimes be an issue. Property built with traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be challenging to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Traditional building materials may also need to be sourced. If you are uncertain, speak to your chartered surveyor for further advice.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Should we consider guttering? Will the Westbury On Trym surveyor report on this? We're concerned about replacement costs.

The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet rainfall and the effect it can have on houses in Westbury On Trym are ignored. If you have only visited the property you intend to purchase in good weather, defects may not have been obvious. Signs that drainage systems are under performing include spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts.

Whether buying in Westbury On Trym or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix if dealt with quickly, unless they are not cared for. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We noticed that windows in the bathroom did not line up when we last viewed the property. What can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes will experience cracking at some stage. New buildings in Westbury On Trym and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible. In some older homes cracks are noticeable in Summer , and in Winter these will close when the materials absorb moisture. These cracks are usually completely harmless.

Soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground and may become unstable and slip down the incline. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Westbury On Trym and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Westbury On Trym property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any alterations, RICS advise you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, however it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Westbury On Trym property's general condition along with advice on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice get a Westbury On Trym Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

We are buying an older converted barn in Westbury On Trym. Will the house's age be a problem?

Vernacular, or traditional, architecture can sometimes be an issue. Property built with traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be challenging to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Traditional building materials may also need to be sourced. If you are uncertain, speak to your chartered surveyor for further advice.

Damage caused by high rainfall


Should we consider guttering? Will the Westbury On Trym surveyor report on this? We're concerned about replacement costs.

The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet rainfall and the effect it can have on houses in Westbury On Trym are ignored. If you have only visited the property you intend to purchase in good weather, defects may not have been obvious. Signs that drainage systems are under performing include spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts.

Whether buying in Westbury On Trym or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix if dealt with quickly, unless they are not cared for. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We noticed that windows in the bathroom did not line up when we last viewed the property. What can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes will experience cracking at some stage. New buildings in Westbury On Trym and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible. In some older homes cracks are noticeable in Summer , and in Winter these will close when the materials absorb moisture. These cracks are usually completely harmless.

Soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground and may become unstable and slip down the incline. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

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