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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 Property Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Winnersh

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

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Winnersh

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Winnersh) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor and is more comprehensive. Choose this option for unconventional , for example stone wall properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Winnersh

    This is an impartial valuation . This is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Winnersh and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Winnersh property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension on the Winnersh property, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Winnersh property's general condition along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Winnersh House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

A local warned us about pests on the street - What advice should we get?

Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful.

Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can seriously reduce the value of a property. It may not be obvious that a property is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, for example, damage to stored clothes or carpets is a sign of a moth infestation, but may not be spotted for months. Remedies to an infestation can include insecticides or removal or excision of affected timber. If investigation does uncover a problem, consider speaking to the seller to ask that they deal with the issue prior to exchange.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Damp in the attic brings up bad memories for us - What does the RICS surveyor pay attention to during the survey?

This is often asked by house purchasers who know that homes can be hiding serious roofing woes. From rafters to collar ties, the whole roof will be considered. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Winnersh, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the RICS surveyors will look for a range of signs, including a slope of less than 12 to 15 degrees.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a Winnersh contractor a quote for any suggested work. Call Oakley Roofing Services of Hill View House/School Rd, Barkham, Wokingham, RG41 4TN on 0118-976 1126 for an estimate.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a home in Winnersh and found a gap below the skirting board in the bathroom, could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence-related defects will my Home Buyers Survey consider?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement generally happens in more modern buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The property's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Additionally, most homes in Winnersh are built with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Many properties develop superficial cracks in a plaster, due to settlement. Signs of potential subsidence include new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. 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. 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 select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Winnersh and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Winnersh property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension on the Winnersh property, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Winnersh property's general condition along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Winnersh House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

A local warned us about pests on the street - What advice should we get?

Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful.

Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can seriously reduce the value of a property. It may not be obvious that a property is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, for example, damage to stored clothes or carpets is a sign of a moth infestation, but may not be spotted for months. Remedies to an infestation can include insecticides or removal or excision of affected timber. If investigation does uncover a problem, consider speaking to the seller to ask that they deal with the issue prior to exchange.

Roof defects identified during a survey


Damp in the attic brings up bad memories for us - What does the RICS surveyor pay attention to during the survey?

This is often asked by house purchasers who know that homes can be hiding serious roofing woes. From rafters to collar ties, the whole roof will be considered. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Winnersh, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the RICS surveyors will look for a range of signs, including a slope of less than 12 to 15 degrees.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a Winnersh contractor a quote for any suggested work. Call Oakley Roofing Services of Hill View House/School Rd, Barkham, Wokingham, RG41 4TN on 0118-976 1126 for an estimate.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a home in Winnersh and found a gap below the skirting board in the bathroom, could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence-related defects will my Home Buyers Survey consider?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement generally happens in more modern buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The property's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Additionally, most homes in Winnersh are built with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Many properties develop superficial cracks in a plaster, due to settlement. Signs of potential subsidence include new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. 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. 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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