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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
  Mortgage
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 Windsor

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if buying a home built from standard materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Windsor

    The Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Windsor) is also carried out by a RICS surveyor and is more detailed. Opt for this option when buying a non standard property such as timber wall buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Windsor

    This is an independent valuation . This is typically chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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Home Buyers Survey Windsor

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Windsor and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Windsor property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any significant alterations, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does give you comprehensive details of the Windsor property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details get a Windsor Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a flat in Windsor and noticed wall cracks in the garage, could this be evidence of subsidence? What can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. A builder should return to a new home after time has passed in order to repair settlement damage. Subsidence-related cracks are in most cases wider at the top than at the bottom. Inside the property, keep an eye out for new or growing cracks in exterior brickwork.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. 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. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. 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.

Building Surveys on houses

Should I go for a full structural survey before investing in a converted fifties cottage in Windsor?

Structural surveys have been renamed as Building Surveys. If contemplating the buying of an altered Windsor home like an older house, this is the correct selection of survey. This type of survey specifies often critical advice about the property's construction materials as well as any defects after a thorough visual inspection of any accessible parts of the house.

. Out buildings and boundary walls will also be checked out as part of the survey.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Property Surveyor look for on a roughcast rendered (stucco) Victorian house in Windsor which I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is a kind of smooth render. Typically stucco is applied to underlying brick to form a smooth surface that is sometimes scored to resemble stone. Stucco render is very attractive and is often found on Victorian and Georgian houses. The composition is almost exactly the same as plaster to work with. It used to contain lime in it as well as a plastic under mesh to help prevent cracks. it can be prone to defect and Windsor surveyors sometimes reveal defects which can include trapped moisture resulting in internal damp problems which need attention

Another example of problems could include when the application has been taken down to ground level and short circuits the DPC. Resolving problems can be costly as craftsmen are becoming more difficult to find.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Windsor and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Windsor property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any significant alterations, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap but it does give you comprehensive details of the Windsor property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details get a Windsor Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a flat in Windsor and noticed wall cracks in the garage, could this be evidence of subsidence? What can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. A builder should return to a new home after time has passed in order to repair settlement damage. Subsidence-related cracks are in most cases wider at the top than at the bottom. Inside the property, keep an eye out for new or growing cracks in exterior brickwork.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. 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. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. 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.

Building Surveys on houses

Should I go for a full structural survey before investing in a converted fifties cottage in Windsor?

Structural surveys have been renamed as Building Surveys. If contemplating the buying of an altered Windsor home like an older house, this is the correct selection of survey. This type of survey specifies often critical advice about the property's construction materials as well as any defects after a thorough visual inspection of any accessible parts of the house.

. Out buildings and boundary walls will also be checked out as part of the survey.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Property Surveyor look for on a roughcast rendered (stucco) Victorian house in Windsor which I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is a kind of smooth render. Typically stucco is applied to underlying brick to form a smooth surface that is sometimes scored to resemble stone. Stucco render is very attractive and is often found on Victorian and Georgian houses. The composition is almost exactly the same as plaster to work with. It used to contain lime in it as well as a plastic under mesh to help prevent cracks. it can be prone to defect and Windsor surveyors sometimes reveal defects which can include trapped moisture resulting in internal damp problems which need attention

Another example of problems could include when the application has been taken down to ground level and short circuits the DPC. Resolving problems can be costly as craftsmen are becoming more difficult to find.

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