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Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
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
Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy to understand format
Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of Surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
Exhaustive report
a more in depth survey on construction, issues and defects
Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
On-going maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
Building reinstatement Costs
Included for insurance purposes
Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
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
Advice for your Solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.

Which Home Buyers Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Leicester

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if you are buying a property built from standard materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Leicester

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Leicester) will also be carried out by a RICS chartered surveyor but is more detailed. Choose this option for unconventional such as stone slab roof homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Leicester

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . This is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.


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Updated: 16/04/14

External walls

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Leicester house or flat what does a a green light rating mean for 'E4 - Main walls' ?

Note that concealed elements will not be considered. If hidden issues with the walls or foundations are suspected, a more comprehensive structural survey may be advised. The damp proof course is also covered under Section E4. Efflorescence on external walls is one defect applicable to this section.

A 'green' condition rating of 1 confirms that no repairs are required. This rating does not, however, mean that no future maintenance is required. Regular upkeep may still be appropriate or even necessary. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of how concerning each aspect of the report is.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The vendor said that the had been a problem wth loose tiles, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. Will access to the roof of the structure be hard to organise?

This is often asked by buyers in Leicester who know that homes can often hide roof maintenance problems, such as dry rot. From wind braces to eaves,the whole roof will be taken into account. Factors like amateur repairs are particularly troublesome for flat roofed property.

Costly quotes for roofing jobs (such as a complete replacement) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A roofing specialist in Leicester can provide an estimate. Contact Mitchell Roofing Specialist Of Hinckley of 200 Kirkby Road, Barwell, Leicester, LE9 8FS on 07860 478356 for a quote.

Shocking Electrics

When we were shown the building we are interested to buy we saw that there is an old fuseboard - does a Homebuyer Report in Leicester go into detail on the wiring and electrical system?

When preparing a Homebuyer Report in Leicester your surveyor should report on the electrics if it is clear that the electrics are in a hazardous state. This should include a visual (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection check of the unconcealed areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. on top of possible problems relating to things like whether there is an off-peak /on-peak supply. Verifying the location of the documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report conducted by an electrician should be part of the survey. Inspecting the documents from any recent PIR conducted by an electrician should be part of the survey in Leicester .

The IEE recommend that an electrical check should be carried out every 10 years (5 if if letting out).

Recent Leicester Surveyor Reports

  • Blocked cement valley prevents drainage

    By Scott Oke September 29th, 2012

    During a recent Building Survey carried out on a 3-bedroom detached house in the North West, it was noted that there was a very narrow cement valley to the side of the roof, blocked by debris and weeds, preventing good drainage. In and of itself, this was not a dramatic issue, and could be easily...

  • Weeds growing through flat roof in poor repair

    By Stewart Heasman September 29th, 2012

    Questions from potential buyers about the state of a property's roof are very common due to the high cost of repair. The time required to carry out roof repairs can also often mean serious disruption for new home owners. Over the past few decades, bituminous felt roofs (often referred to as...