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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 Weymouth

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are buying a property constructed from standard materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Weymouth

    The Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Weymouth) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this for non standard e.g. stone buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Weymouth

    This is an independent valuation . This is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Weymouth and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Weymouth property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any significant alterations, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Weymouth property's state of repair as well as advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain an instant Weymouth Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Landfill site near home

What should I be fearful of when buying a flat proximate to a refuse landfill site

Sites used for landfill are used for a variety of waste e.g. inert refuse disposal. Of course nobody would want to live near one (80% of people live near one). Worries might include methane gas generation. Health issues like cancer have been linked to landfill sites .

Homebuyer reports in Weymouth will consider structural problems resulting from the landfill. Your lawyer will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the Landmark databases and West Dorset Local Authority and advise you .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder mentioned subsidence could be an issue impacting the home. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related matters will the Chartered Surveyor examine?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement usually occurs in newer buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In some older buildings cracks may be visible in the Summer months[ that close up in the winter] when the materials absorb moisture. These cracks are usually completely harmless.

In areas where clay soil is common, if it has not rained for some time, the water level underground will drop. This will dry, contracting the soil around the property as it does so, pulling on the homes foundations and which causes subsidence. Signs of potential subsidence include new or growing cracks in plasterwork.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a home built in the late 70s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to cause difficulties? Will your Home Buyers Survey look into this?

Factors from rising damp to acid rain can cause significant expense for a property-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of a range of issues. Issues range from soil compaction or compression to considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, both of which can put a property's foundations under great strain. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. 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! During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Weymouth and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Weymouth property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any significant alterations, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Weymouth property's state of repair as well as advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain an instant Weymouth Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Landfill site near home

What should I be fearful of when buying a flat proximate to a refuse landfill site

Sites used for landfill are used for a variety of waste e.g. inert refuse disposal. Of course nobody would want to live near one (80% of people live near one). Worries might include methane gas generation. Health issues like cancer have been linked to landfill sites .

Homebuyer reports in Weymouth will consider structural problems resulting from the landfill. Your lawyer will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the Landmark databases and West Dorset Local Authority and advise you .

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder mentioned subsidence could be an issue impacting the home. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related matters will the Chartered Surveyor examine?



Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement usually occurs in newer buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In some older buildings cracks may be visible in the Summer months[ that close up in the winter] when the materials absorb moisture. These cracks are usually completely harmless.

In areas where clay soil is common, if it has not rained for some time, the water level underground will drop. This will dry, contracting the soil around the property as it does so, pulling on the homes foundations and which causes subsidence. Signs of potential subsidence include new or growing cracks in plasterwork.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a home built in the late 70s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to cause difficulties? Will your Home Buyers Survey look into this?

Factors from rising damp to acid rain can cause significant expense for a property-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of a range of issues. Issues range from soil compaction or compression to considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, both of which can put a property's foundations under great strain. The consequences may take years to be noticed, or could be felt suddenly. 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! During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

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