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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 Home Survey ? Which of the 3 should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Whitstable

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are buying a home made of standard materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Whitstable

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Whitstable) will also be conducted by a RICS surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this for unconventional e.g. granite wall buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Whitstable

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . This is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Whitstable and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Whitstable property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any major works on the Whitstable property, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it does give you comprehensive details of the Whitstable property's general condition as well as including an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Whitstable Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a Whitstable property built in the early 50s, but it has clay foundations. What should we expect a Whitstable Home Survey to include?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Whitstable buyers, with subsidence being a common example. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable widening cracks, to complete structural failure. 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. Small areas of very 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.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for reconstructing a retaining wall)

A Homebuyer Report on a Whitstable building will include a property valuation in addition to a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as standard. To work out an accurate value estimate your RICS valuer will use in depth understanding of the Whitstable market and other factors about the property for instance: size The RICS surveyor will also consider construction type and will make certain other assumptions e.g. no damaging building techniques have been employed. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor also assumes that there are no compromising legal issues like the property being sold with vacant possession. Advice should be sought from your conveyancer during the legal process.

Further area conjectures, for example service connections, are made as well as any significant local environmental problems like local industry, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Whitstable subsidence could be a problem. What subsidence information does the Whitstable HomeBuyer Report include?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home after some months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

Subsidence-related cracks are on average wider as the crack migrates upward. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Whitstable and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Whitstable property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any major works on the Whitstable property, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it does give you comprehensive details of the Whitstable property's general condition as well as including an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Whitstable Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a Whitstable property built in the early 50s, but it has clay foundations. What should we expect a Whitstable Home Survey to include?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Whitstable buyers, with subsidence being a common example. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable widening cracks, to complete structural failure. 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. Small areas of very 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.



RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for reconstructing a retaining wall)

A Homebuyer Report on a Whitstable building will include a property valuation in addition to a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as standard. To work out an accurate value estimate your RICS valuer will use in depth understanding of the Whitstable market and other factors about the property for instance: size The RICS surveyor will also consider construction type and will make certain other assumptions e.g. no damaging building techniques have been employed. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor also assumes that there are no compromising legal issues like the property being sold with vacant possession. Advice should be sought from your conveyancer during the legal process.

Further area conjectures, for example service connections, are made as well as any significant local environmental problems like local industry, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Whitstable subsidence could be a problem. What subsidence information does the Whitstable HomeBuyer Report include?

Movement of the foundations of a home is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home after some months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

Subsidence-related cracks are on average wider as the crack migrates upward. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

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