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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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 Buyers Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Birkenhead

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen when you are purchasing a home constructed from standard building materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Birkenhead

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Birkenhead) will also be conducted by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this for unconventional such as timber frame or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Birkenhead

    This is an independent valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Birkenhead and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Birkenhead property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any significant alterations on the Birkenhead property, you should you carry out a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Birkenhead property's general condition along with advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Birkenhead Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there could be asbestos textured coatings being found in property. Which types of asbestos are a concern?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous substance. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and may be in building materials such as textured coatings. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good resistance to chemical damage properties, it may be found in water tanks. It was primarily mined in South Africa. Technically all forms (including white) are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods. Contrary to breathing in a single fibre will not kill you.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered on no account to displace it. Professional advice should be sought ASAP. Professional removal of asbestos will be dear and must always be completed by professionals.

Birkenhead Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a Birkenhead HomeBuyer report. They will report on suspected asbestos during the survey and should offer advice.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Will my survey give a property valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as rebuilding permanent outbuildings) and what does it include?

The Homebuyer Report includes an independent valuation in addition to a "reinstatement cost". To fully consider the correct valuation your surveyor should use local Birkenhead market factors as well as other factors relating to the property e.g. desirability of the location. Surveyors also reflect on materials used and will use key assumptions e.g. no significant problems. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Additional local Birkenhead area conjectures, like problematic roads and access, are made in addition to any environmental concerns like local mining issues, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rain an issue in Birkenhead? Also, where there [var10], what should we do?

Regular rainfall is common in Birkenhead and across the country, but the impact high levels of rainfall can have on a structure is often overlooked. Signs that gutters are under performing include rotten roofing elements. Blocked rainwater goods can result in rotten roof timbers.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve, if maintenance is taken seriously. However, if the drains are untreated or poorly maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Birkenhead and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Birkenhead property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any significant alterations on the Birkenhead property, you should you carry out a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Birkenhead property's general condition along with advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Birkenhead Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there could be asbestos textured coatings being found in property. Which types of asbestos are a concern?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous substance. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and may be in building materials such as textured coatings. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good resistance to chemical damage properties, it may be found in water tanks. It was primarily mined in South Africa. Technically all forms (including white) are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods. Contrary to breathing in a single fibre will not kill you.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered on no account to displace it. Professional advice should be sought ASAP. Professional removal of asbestos will be dear and must always be completed by professionals.



Birkenhead Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a Birkenhead HomeBuyer report. They will report on suspected asbestos during the survey and should offer advice.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Will my survey give a property valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as rebuilding permanent outbuildings) and what does it include?

The Homebuyer Report includes an independent valuation in addition to a "reinstatement cost". To fully consider the correct valuation your surveyor should use local Birkenhead market factors as well as other factors relating to the property e.g. desirability of the location. Surveyors also reflect on materials used and will use key assumptions e.g. no significant problems. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Additional local Birkenhead area conjectures, like problematic roads and access, are made in addition to any environmental concerns like local mining issues, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rain an issue in Birkenhead? Also, where there [var10], what should we do?

Regular rainfall is common in Birkenhead and across the country, but the impact high levels of rainfall can have on a structure is often overlooked. Signs that gutters are under performing include rotten roofing elements. Blocked rainwater goods can result in rotten roof timbers.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve, if maintenance is taken seriously. However, if the drains are untreated or poorly maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair.

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