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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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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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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.

Surveyors consider aircraft noise

Will the surveyor consider aircraft noise during the HomeBuyer Report valuation?

Aircraft noise is a problem for millions of people throughout the UK. Noise from local airports or flight paths can be inconvenient to the point of being distressing. Surveyors are often asked how they consider this when carrying out a HomeBuyer

Report or a valuation. A surveyor will certainly factor in the perceived level of inconvenience as it will doubtlessly have an impact on the overall value of the property. If the area is generally affected, then local property prices will be generally affected and the surveyors local knowledge will enable them to put the issue in context.

As part of the Home Buyer Service, RICS actually stipulate that the surveyor must be familiar with the characteristics of the local area. Although this varies between regions, this knowledge typically includes environmental issues such as including flooding, aircraft noise, radon levels, mining, soil conditions, major areas of potential contamination, etc.; If you have specific concerns about noise, please let us know when you order your survey.

House Prices

There is a property in on with a local agent. What considerations will a qualified RICS surveyor evaluate when estimating house prices in UK ?

There is a vast array of things that might affect the price of property e.g. whether there are any restrictive covenants or the location and proximity of nearby schools. .

In order for you to get an impartial home valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report which includes a formal valuation as a core component. A chartered surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 2011).

The RICS chartered surveyor will always go to the property as well as factoring in the myriad of area issues affecting property values.

wychert wall

What is wychert (wychert), should I be concerned and will the surveyor pick it up?

Witchert, or wychert, is a walling material consisting of white clay and straw. It is commonly used in thatched houses in central England, but variants and similar materials are found elsewhere, such as 'Cob' in the South West. Witchert is sensitive to environmental conditions and must be kept well ventilated. It can crack and crumble if allowed to dry out, and can turn to slime if it gets too wet. The material therefore requires careful maintenance, and any render used to cover and protect the wychert must be breathable, such as lime.

A RICS Chartered Surveyor may offer general maintenance advice, but it is likely that, given the sensitive nature of witchert, a conservation expert's opinion should be considered before major works are undertaken. Correctly rendered wychert can have a long lifespan before re-rendering is needed, but amateurish maintenance or use of a non-breathable render can exacerbate any existing problems or 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.

Surveyors consider aircraft noise

Will the surveyor consider aircraft noise during the HomeBuyer Report valuation?

Aircraft noise is a problem for millions of people throughout the UK. Noise from local airports or flight paths can be inconvenient to the point of being distressing. Surveyors are often asked how they consider this when carrying out a HomeBuyer



Report or a valuation. A surveyor will certainly factor in the perceived level of inconvenience as it will doubtlessly have an impact on the overall value of the property. If the area is generally affected, then local property prices will be generally affected and the surveyors local knowledge will enable them to put the issue in context.

As part of the Home Buyer Service, RICS actually stipulate that the surveyor must be familiar with the characteristics of the local area. Although this varies between regions, this knowledge typically includes environmental issues such as including flooding, aircraft noise, radon levels, mining, soil conditions, major areas of potential contamination, etc.; If you have specific concerns about noise, please let us know when you order your survey.

House Prices

There is a property in on with a local agent. What considerations will a qualified RICS surveyor evaluate when estimating house prices in UK ?

There is a vast array of things that might affect the price of property e.g. whether there are any restrictive covenants or the location and proximity of nearby schools. .

In order for you to get an impartial home valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report which includes a formal valuation as a core component. A chartered surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 2011).

The RICS chartered surveyor will always go to the property as well as factoring in the myriad of area issues affecting property values.

wychert wall

What is wychert (wychert), should I be concerned and will the surveyor pick it up?

Witchert, or wychert, is a walling material consisting of white clay and straw. It is commonly used in thatched houses in central England, but variants and similar materials are found elsewhere, such as 'Cob' in the South West. Witchert is sensitive to environmental conditions and must be kept well ventilated. It can crack and crumble if allowed to dry out, and can turn to slime if it gets too wet. The material therefore requires careful maintenance, and any render used to cover and protect the wychert must be breathable, such as lime.

A RICS Chartered Surveyor may offer general maintenance advice, but it is likely that, given the sensitive nature of witchert, a conservation expert's opinion should be considered before major works are undertaken. Correctly rendered wychert can have a long lifespan before re-rendering is needed, but amateurish maintenance or use of a non-breathable render can exacerbate any existing problems or damage.

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