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We work with RICS qualified surveyors around the country who offer high quality property surveys at a great price. Surveyor Local gives you piece of mind about your future property, and offers RICS HomeBuyer Reports, Building Surveys and Property Valuations.

The surveyor who produces your report will be local to you with local knowledge of the area.

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  • Can help you negotiate on the property price
  • Thorough and accurate report
  • Clear traffic-light ratings for all aspects of the property
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On the next page, you will see quotes for a Building or HomeBuyer Survey, along with a Property Valuation.

Surveyor Local only works with surveyors regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

A Building or HomeBuyer Survey helps buyers make more informed decisions.

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Surveys can help buyers avoid costly repairs and negotiate a better purchase price.

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The content of survey reports will vary considerably due to factors including the age, type, location and condition of the property, and materials used in its construction.

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  Mortgage Valuation
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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 Property Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Birmingham

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are buying a home built from conventional building materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Birmingham

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Birmingham) will also be conducted by a RICS qualified surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this when buying a non standard property such as granite wall buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Birmingham

    This is an independent valuation . This is usually chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Birmingham and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

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

If you intend to do any major works, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will offer a thorough analysis of the Birmingham property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get an instant Birmingham House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

I am intending to put an offer in on a residential property partially constructed Doulting stone. Are there specific issues to consider, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Naylor Hill Sandstone to Dukes Gritstone. Defects such as delamination affect many stone-walled properties in Birmingham. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls, with mortared rubble or brick hidden behind. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.

For more information, get in touch with a local mason or walling contractor. For example, Fire Art Ltd of 125 New John St, Birmingham, B6 4LD may be able to assist.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there could be brown asbestos toilet cistern in existence at the property. Why would there be asbestos, can it be remedied and does the survey look at this?

Asbestos is a harmful fibrous material. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) may be in building materials such as walls.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good sound absorption properties, it may be found in wall panelling for example. Technically all forms are carcinogenic and might lead to lung cancer or asbestosis if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily pose a risk to health.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful however, on no account to disturb it and professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. On no account try to get rid of it yourself. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will note possible asbestos and should suggest further investigation.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Are wet conditions an issue in Birmingham? And could it affect the property value?

The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet this issue is overlooked by property buyers. One indication that drainage systems are at risk is flaking or efflorescence on external walls, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Whether buying in Birmingham or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to remedy, unless they are not maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Birmingham and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

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

If you intend to do any major works, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will offer a thorough analysis of the Birmingham property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get an instant Birmingham House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

I am intending to put an offer in on a residential property partially constructed Doulting stone. Are there specific issues to consider, and will the surveyor offer any advice?

Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Naylor Hill Sandstone to Dukes Gritstone. Defects such as delamination affect many stone-walled properties in Birmingham. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls, with mortared rubble or brick hidden behind. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include resolution of underlying problems, like damp, before work on the wall starts.



For more information, get in touch with a local mason or walling contractor. For example, Fire Art Ltd of 125 New John St, Birmingham, B6 4LD may be able to assist.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there could be brown asbestos toilet cistern in existence at the property. Why would there be asbestos, can it be remedied and does the survey look at this?

Asbestos is a harmful fibrous material. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) may be in building materials such as walls.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good sound absorption properties, it may be found in wall panelling for example. Technically all forms are carcinogenic and might lead to lung cancer or asbestosis if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily pose a risk to health.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful however, on no account to disturb it and professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. On no account try to get rid of it yourself. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will note possible asbestos and should suggest further investigation.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Are wet conditions an issue in Birmingham? And could it affect the property value?

The impact of climate change is widely reported, yet this issue is overlooked by property buyers. One indication that drainage systems are at risk is flaking or efflorescence on external walls, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Whether buying in Birmingham or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to remedy, unless they are not maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

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Recent Birmingham Surveyor Reports

  • Cracks to pointing reveal movement

    By Martin Tate November 12th, 2012

    There had been some movement in the external walls/brickwork which can be seen by cracking in the brickwork on the front elevation around and above the opening particularly the front lounge of this Birmingham home.   The cracks noted are generally 1mm – 2mm wide which are...

  • Historic woodworm no cause for concern

    By Martin Tate November 7th, 2012

    During a recent building survey, the surveyor noted evidence of historic woodworm (photograph shows flight holes within the front structural purlin within the left hand roof void). The extent of the wood worm was entirely consistent with buildings of this age and it would have...

  • Japanese knotweed found near property

    By Stewart Sherman September 29th, 2012

    Japanese Knotweed sounds like the sort of Zen plant you might choose to plant in the garden. In fact this plant can damage footpaths, and patios; in the worse cases, it can get into the property. It is very difficult to get rid of this plant as evidenced on this Homebuyer Report. The...