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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 I pick for my potential home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Woodcote

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when planning to purchase a home built from conventional building materials such as brick & tile, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Woodcote

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Woodcote) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more detailed. Choose this for non standard e.g. stone properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Woodcote

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is often chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Woodcote and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the Woodcote property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications on the Woodcote property, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you comprehensive details of the Woodcote property's general condition and it includes advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more information why not get an instant Woodcote Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage resulting from flooding

What's the danger of flooding in Woodcote. Can a house surveyor consider possible flood damage?

2012 was the 2nd wettest year on record, and insurance premiums. can be significantly affected for houses in flood-risk areas. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the Woodcote house in question is in danger.

Flood water can enter a Woodcote home through several routes, including seepage through external walls. An awareness of characteristics of the Woodcote area likely to affect the Woodcote home also enables the surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the estate agent, but this information may not be accurate.

Fortunately, no recent Woodcote flood warnings have been found (source: Environment Agency).

*Correct as of 4th January 2013

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have heard that clay soil can cause problems for residential property in Woodcote. Can a Property Survey consider this?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Woodcote buyers. Specific problems include swelling of the soil, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. .

If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Woodcote property's foundations, forcing them inward. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Woodcote, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the property. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour commented that there is a concern of loose asbestos in the home. What is asbestos and does the survey look at this?

Asbestos is a harmful fibrous mineral. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials including fireplace.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic heat resistance properties, it may be found in fire doors. Technically all forms are pernicious and might lead to lung cancer or asbestosis following prolonged exposure. If found, care should be taken not to move the asbestos and professional advice should be sought without delay.

Surveyors will not tell you whether there is asbestos as part of the survey. Your Woodcote surveyor should report on suspected asbestos risks and will recommend relevant tests.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Woodcote and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the Woodcote property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications on the Woodcote property, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you comprehensive details of the Woodcote property's general condition and it includes advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more information why not get an instant Woodcote Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage resulting from flooding

What's the danger of flooding in Woodcote. Can a house surveyor consider possible flood damage?

2012 was the 2nd wettest year on record, and insurance premiums. can be significantly affected for houses in flood-risk areas. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the Woodcote house in question is in danger.

Flood water can enter a Woodcote home through several routes, including seepage through external walls. An awareness of characteristics of the Woodcote area likely to affect the Woodcote home also enables the surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the estate agent, but this information may not be accurate.

Fortunately, no recent Woodcote flood warnings have been found (source: Environment Agency).

*Correct as of 4th January 2013



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have heard that clay soil can cause problems for residential property in Woodcote. Can a Property Survey consider this?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Woodcote buyers. Specific problems include swelling of the soil, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. .

If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Woodcote property's foundations, forcing them inward. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Woodcote, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the property. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour commented that there is a concern of loose asbestos in the home. What is asbestos and does the survey look at this?

Asbestos is a harmful fibrous mineral. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials including fireplace.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic heat resistance properties, it may be found in fire doors. Technically all forms are pernicious and might lead to lung cancer or asbestosis following prolonged exposure. If found, care should be taken not to move the asbestos and professional advice should be sought without delay.

Surveyors will not tell you whether there is asbestos as part of the survey. Your Woodcote surveyor should report on suspected asbestos risks and will recommend relevant tests.

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