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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 Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Winchester

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when buying a home built from standard building materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Winchester

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Winchester) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional such as stone slab roof or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Winchester

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Winchester and which would be cheaper?

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

If the Winchester property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out significant alterations, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it does give exhaustive analysis of the Winchester property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Winchester House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Landfill site near home

What should I be worried about when buying a home near to a rubbish tip

Sites used for landfill take many forms including inert rubbish disposal. Understandably, no one wants to live near one (4/5 people live near one). Concerns include structurally instability. Potential health issues like spina bifida have been associated with landfill sites .

Winchester RICS surveyors will note any structural problems linked to the landfill. Your legal representative will conduct environmental searches of the Environmental Agency database as well as Winchester Local Authority and advise you .

Damaged Render

What will the Surveyor look for on a stipple rendered (stucco) home in Winchester that I intend to purchase.

Stucco is in fact smooth type of render. Normally stucco render is layered over brick that sets to a very smooth surface. Stucco is highly aesthetic and was often found on Regency houses. Stucco is very similar to plaster. It may contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it as well as a grid underneath to stop cracks. it can be problematic and Winchester Building Surveys can highlight potentially expensive to remedy problems which can include trapped water leading to the surface breaking

Another example of problems could be when the stucco is taken down to ground level and bypasses the Damp Proof Course. Fixing problems with stucco may be difficult as the skills are becoming rarer.

For a local expert try Wells Builders, 18, Tilmore Gardens, Petersfield, GU32 2JQ Tel. 01730 264795

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a property in Winchester and found a gap below the skirting board in the lounge. What subsidence issues will the Building Survey reveal?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a house which compromises its structural integrity. Most houses will experience cracking at some stage.

Subsidence results from a range of factors. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe or mains pipe will wash soil away from the foundations. This can effectively reduce the volume of the soil surrounding the structure, meaning it can no longer support the weight of the building. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which begins to rot, can also destabilise the structure. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Winchester surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Winchester and which would be cheaper?

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

If the Winchester property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out significant alterations, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it does give exhaustive analysis of the Winchester property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Winchester House Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Landfill site near home

What should I be worried about when buying a home near to a rubbish tip

Sites used for landfill take many forms including inert rubbish disposal. Understandably, no one wants to live near one (4/5 people live near one). Concerns include structurally instability. Potential health issues like spina bifida have been associated with landfill sites .

Winchester RICS surveyors will note any structural problems linked to the landfill. Your legal representative will conduct environmental searches of the Environmental Agency database as well as Winchester Local Authority and advise you .



Damaged Render

What will the Surveyor look for on a stipple rendered (stucco) home in Winchester that I intend to purchase.

Stucco is in fact smooth type of render. Normally stucco render is layered over brick that sets to a very smooth surface. Stucco is highly aesthetic and was often found on Regency houses. Stucco is very similar to plaster. It may contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it as well as a grid underneath to stop cracks. it can be problematic and Winchester Building Surveys can highlight potentially expensive to remedy problems which can include trapped water leading to the surface breaking

Another example of problems could be when the stucco is taken down to ground level and bypasses the Damp Proof Course. Fixing problems with stucco may be difficult as the skills are becoming rarer.

For a local expert try Wells Builders, 18, Tilmore Gardens, Petersfield, GU32 2JQ Tel. 01730 264795

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a property in Winchester and found a gap below the skirting board in the lounge. What subsidence issues will the Building Survey reveal?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a house which compromises its structural integrity. Most houses will experience cracking at some stage.

Subsidence results from a range of factors. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe or mains pipe will wash soil away from the foundations. This can effectively reduce the volume of the soil surrounding the structure, meaning it can no longer support the weight of the building. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which begins to rot, can also destabilise the structure. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Winchester surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

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