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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 We inspect 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 in depth 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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On-going 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, unusual 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 is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in County Durham

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a home made of conventional building materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in County Durham

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in County Durham) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor and is more detailed. Select this survey for non standard e.g. mundic houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in County Durham

    This is a professional valuation . It is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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Your questions answered by a RICS Surveyor in County Durham

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Updated: 28/10/14

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in County Durham and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the County Durham property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make alterations on the County Durham property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will give a more detailed analysis of the County Durham property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant County Durham Survey Quote on our website or call us 0845 519 9589 to speak to a member of our team.

Stone block wall damage

We are planning to buy a home and the vendor has informed us that it has been built with Portland stone. What should we look in to, and what does the survey cover?

External wall maintenance is essential to the health of County Durham buildings. Defects such as deteriorating bedding affect many stone-walled County Durham buildings. Stone quarried in the area is common to local County Durham buildings, but some do also feature cut stone brought from outside the county. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar, though the use of this declined with the introduction of cement. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify clearing of ivy-like plant life and weeds.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Todhills Brickworks Quarry, Todhills Brickworks, Newfield, Newfield, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 8BA for details. Call 01388 604071 for more information.

Shocking Electrics

When I was shown the mid-century home I am meaning to purchase it appeared that there might be an overload of the fuses/fusebox, does a the County Durham surveyor report on electrical defects?

When preparing a County Durham Home Buyers Survey your surveyor should report on the electrical system if it appears that they are in a hazardous state of repair. This will include a by sight (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection view of any uncovered areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as potential areas for concern such as whether there is an off-peak /on-peak mains supply.

Confirming the existence of any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by a suitably qualified electrician will be part of the Homebuyer report in County Durham. Inspecting any documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by an electrician should usually form part of the survey in County Durham .

The IEE advise that a check to confirm whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition is carried out every 10 years (5 if letting out). We recommend you always get local guidance from a certified electrician call D & S Developments , 23 Sandringham Rd, Crook, DL15 9DH .

Damaged Render

What will the Chartered Surveyor look out for on a stipple rendered (stucco) regency semi detached home in County Durham.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is actually a sort of flat finish render. Usually it is layered over brick to form a smooth and even finish. The coating is highly attractive and is found on Victorian and Georgian properties. It can contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it in addition to a wire under mesh. to stop cracks. Stucco is often problematic and County Durham Home Buyers Suveys can report defects such as trapped water resulting in damp problems. Other issues could involve sulphate attack from sulphates or salts derived from wet underlying brickwork. Resolving problems can be surprisingly expensive as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

For a local expert speak to A1 Plastering, 1 Sanderson Road, Hurworth, DL2 2AU Tel. 07814 729741 or 01325 789315