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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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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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Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
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Building reinstatement costs
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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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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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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in UK and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the UK property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper Building Survey.

If you are planning to do any major works on the UK property, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the UK property's condition as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a UK Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

What is a home survey, and what will the surveyor actually do?

There are three main types of home buyers survey, the HomeBuyer Report, the Building Survey and the Property Valuation Report. Each of these has a different focus, so buyers should consider which of the three is the right choice for them:

HomeBuyer Report - A general survey of a home, including any visible defects or issues. If the property to be surveyed is of standard construction, and was built after 1900, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that the HomeBuyer Report is usually the best choice. The report is delivered in a standardised format for easy reference. The HomeBuyer Report includes a valuation.

Building Survey - A more in-depth survey of a property, including all accessible areas of a home. RICS recommend the building survey for older properties, or those of non-standard construction. Building survey reports are tailored by the individual surveyor, and can address any additional questions or concerns. Note that this home buyers survey does not include a valuation as standard.

Property Valuation Report - The most basic of the three, this report is primarily a valuation, and will not include details of particular defects.

For more detail please see the detailed survey comparison table.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Mould brings up bad memories for us - What should we do about roof repairs?

Residential property in UK in good condition could feature problems like wet rot. From eaves to collar beams, all aspects of the roof will be taken into account. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in UK, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the UK surveyors

will look for a range of signs, including literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended.

Repairs to a dilapidated roof can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. A builder with professional accreditation can provide a quote.

Conservation area

Will there be any potential pitfalls we should be wary of if planning to buy a house in UK in the vicinity of a conservation area?

There are over 9, 000 of conservation areas throughout the country, responsibility for which lies with the local authority. Your surveyor must have knowledge of relevant local area issues and any connection may have with the building and its value. The price of property is, more often than not, significantly higher because of conservation areas being unspoilt. However many of them are falling into are falling into a state of neglect for example - badly maintained and potholed roads and pavements

Surveyors can be expected to inform you if the house is or might be within a conservation area and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your UK Homebuyer Report will recommend suitable questions are carried out by your conveyancer. Unsympathetic developments that do not have Local Authority approval should be reported but these are really more a concern for your legal representative.

Severe coastal erosion

What additional concerns are there when buying a home near the coast?

Buying a coastal home is a dream for many and harsher weathering aside, properties situated by the coast do not present surveyors with undue concern. However there are well publicised and sometimes extreme examples of homes literally falling into the sea due to coastal erosion. Coastal erosion is a serious issue to all affected by it but it is unusual and therefore rarely encountered during building surveys. Nevertheless, images of houses poised on cliffs resonates in the minds of anyone contemplating buying very close to the coast.

The East of England, mainly Norfolk, is particularly affected as the sea erodes the cliffs. In areas of high risk, additional efforts to slow or halt erosion have been undertake and failing that, the property may be accordingly priced. Insurance cover could also be an issue and should be investigated prior to purchase.

Coastal properties are often exposed to Wet and salty air which can lead to rust and corrosion to exposed parts of the building and even the property's foundations. The Home Buyers Survey may offer advice on protecting a coastal home to prevent further damage.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in UK and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the UK property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper Building Survey.

If you are planning to do any major works on the UK property, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the UK property's condition as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a UK Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

What is a home survey, and what will the surveyor actually do?

There are three main types of home buyers survey, the HomeBuyer Report, the Building Survey and the Property Valuation Report. Each of these has a different focus, so buyers should consider which of the three is the right choice for them:

HomeBuyer Report - A general survey of a home, including any visible defects or issues. If the property to be surveyed is of standard construction, and was built after 1900, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that the HomeBuyer Report is usually the best choice. The report is delivered in a standardised format for easy reference. The HomeBuyer Report includes a valuation.

Building Survey - A more in-depth survey of a property, including all accessible areas of a home. RICS recommend the building survey for older properties, or those of non-standard construction. Building survey reports are tailored by the individual surveyor, and can address any additional questions or concerns. Note that this home buyers survey does not include a valuation as standard.

Property Valuation Report - The most basic of the three, this report is primarily a valuation, and will not include details of particular defects.

For more detail please see the detailed survey comparison table.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Mould brings up bad memories for us - What should we do about roof repairs?

Residential property in UK in good condition could feature problems like wet rot. From eaves to collar beams, all aspects of the roof will be taken into account. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in UK, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the UK surveyors



will look for a range of signs, including literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended.

Repairs to a dilapidated roof can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. A builder with professional accreditation can provide a quote.

Conservation area

Will there be any potential pitfalls we should be wary of if planning to buy a house in UK in the vicinity of a conservation area?

There are over 9, 000 of conservation areas throughout the country, responsibility for which lies with the local authority. Your surveyor must have knowledge of relevant local area issues and any connection may have with the building and its value. The price of property is, more often than not, significantly higher because of conservation areas being unspoilt. However many of them are falling into are falling into a state of neglect for example - badly maintained and potholed roads and pavements

Surveyors can be expected to inform you if the house is or might be within a conservation area and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your UK Homebuyer Report will recommend suitable questions are carried out by your conveyancer. Unsympathetic developments that do not have Local Authority approval should be reported but these are really more a concern for your legal representative.

Severe coastal erosion

What additional concerns are there when buying a home near the coast?

Buying a coastal home is a dream for many and harsher weathering aside, properties situated by the coast do not present surveyors with undue concern. However there are well publicised and sometimes extreme examples of homes literally falling into the sea due to coastal erosion. Coastal erosion is a serious issue to all affected by it but it is unusual and therefore rarely encountered during building surveys. Nevertheless, images of houses poised on cliffs resonates in the minds of anyone contemplating buying very close to the coast.

The East of England, mainly Norfolk, is particularly affected as the sea erodes the cliffs. In areas of high risk, additional efforts to slow or halt erosion have been undertake and failing that, the property may be accordingly priced. Insurance cover could also be an issue and should be investigated prior to purchase.

Coastal properties are often exposed to Wet and salty air which can lead to rust and corrosion to exposed parts of the building and even the property's foundations. The Home Buyers Survey may offer advice on protecting a coastal home to prevent further damage.

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