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Valuation
Homebuyer
Report
Building
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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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What Home Survey is the correct choice for my intended house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Wick

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when buying a home made of conventional materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Wick

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Wick) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard , for example thatched houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Wick

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Wick and of the 3, which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Wick property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out major works, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does provide you with comprehensive details of the Wick property's condition in addition to advice on structural defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Wick Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact does rainfall have on our new Wick house?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather heavy rain and the effect it can have on property are often overlooked. Signs that rainwater goods are blocked include spalling masonry. Luckily, problems with drains are quite easy to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. If not cared for, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.

Traditionally built property

I am buying a 17th Century coast house in Wick. Will repairs costs be higher?

Some purchasers have considered buying a home with character. A building's age, however, can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers. Structures built using traditional methods can be challenging to maintain. You should bear in mind that specialist knowledge may be needed. Especially for Grade I listed property, Construction materials, such as matching stone or wood, may be required. If you have doubts, speak to your property surveyor for more information. Built between 1507 and 1525, St Cuthberts is an example of a traditional structure in Wick.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw wall cracks in the kitchen when we last viewed the flat. What can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes experience some minor cracking, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations. Additionally, most homes in Wick are erected with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Cracks that appear suddenly may be a strong indication of subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, 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.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. 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 go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Wick and of the 3, which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Wick property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out major works, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does provide you with comprehensive details of the Wick property's condition in addition to advice on structural defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Wick Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact does rainfall have on our new Wick house?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather heavy rain and the effect it can have on property are often overlooked. Signs that rainwater goods are blocked include spalling masonry. Luckily, problems with drains are quite easy to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. If not cared for, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.



Traditionally built property

I am buying a 17th Century coast house in Wick. Will repairs costs be higher?

Some purchasers have considered buying a home with character. A building's age, however, can be a cause of concern for would-be buyers. Structures built using traditional methods can be challenging to maintain. You should bear in mind that specialist knowledge may be needed. Especially for Grade I listed property, Construction materials, such as matching stone or wood, may be required. If you have doubts, speak to your property surveyor for more information. Built between 1507 and 1525, St Cuthberts is an example of a traditional structure in Wick.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw wall cracks in the kitchen when we last viewed the flat. What can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes experience some minor cracking, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations. Additionally, most homes in Wick are erected with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Cracks that appear suddenly may be a strong indication of subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, 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.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. 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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