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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
  Mortgage
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 Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Bristol

    The Homebuyer Report should be selected if you are purchasing a property constructed from standard materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Bristol

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Bristol) will also be carried out by a RICS accredited surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this for unconventional e.g. stone properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Bristol

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Bristol and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same.

If the Bristol property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension on the property, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap but it will give you an in-depth analysis of the Bristol property's general condition and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Bristol Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The agent said there may be a danger of asbestos pipe lagging concealed in the property. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a deleterious fibrous material. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials e.g. ironing boards. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent heat resistance qualities and it may be found in fire blankets. Technically all forms are ultimately carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Finding asbestos does not necessarily pose a risk to health.

If discovered, one must be careful on no account to disturb the asbestos and professional advice should be sought ASAP. You should not attempt to remove it yourself. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a Bristol home survey. However they will note suspected asbestos during the Bristol survey and should suggest experts are consulted.

Conservation area

Are there any potential pitfalls we should be aware of if purchasing an extended house in Bristol inside Stokes Croft conservation area ?

Stokes Croft is in a conservation area and has been classified as very bad by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and deteriorating. For more information visit their website or contact Kingsley Fulbrook on 0117 9222966. There are 9, 300 of conservation areas throughout the country that are designated and monitored by the local council. Stokes Croft is administered by Bristol City Council at The Council House, College Green, BS1 5TR. Call 0117 922 3000.

Home Buyers Surveys in Bristol are required by RICS to have relevant knowledge of relevant local issues and any relation may have with the property. Property values is, more often than not, significantly higher as a result of them resisting change.

Surveyors are expected note whether the location could be is designated and Section I of your Homebuyer Report will advise further enquiries are raised by the conveyancing solicitor. Unauthorised modifications that do not have Local Authority approval will also be advised in your survey, however these should be investigated by your legal adviser.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has said subsidence has been a concern. How could this affect the property, and what solutions are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle beneath the building's own weight. In some older houses cracks become apparent when temperatures rise that close up in the Winter when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

Subsidence can sometimes be hard to detect, as the things which a surveyor will look for could quite easily be caused by a number of factors. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Bristol and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same.

If the Bristol property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension on the property, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap but it will give you an in-depth analysis of the Bristol property's general condition and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Bristol Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The agent said there may be a danger of asbestos pipe lagging concealed in the property. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a deleterious fibrous material. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials e.g. ironing boards. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent heat resistance qualities and it may be found in fire blankets. Technically all forms are ultimately carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Finding asbestos does not necessarily pose a risk to health.

If discovered, one must be careful on no account to disturb the asbestos and professional advice should be sought ASAP. You should not attempt to remove it yourself. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a Bristol home survey. However they will note suspected asbestos during the Bristol survey and should suggest experts are consulted.

Conservation area


Are there any potential pitfalls we should be aware of if purchasing an extended house in Bristol inside Stokes Croft conservation area ?

Stokes Croft is in a conservation area and has been classified as very bad by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and deteriorating. For more information visit their website or contact Kingsley Fulbrook on 0117 9222966. There are 9, 300 of conservation areas throughout the country that are designated and monitored by the local council. Stokes Croft is administered by Bristol City Council at The Council House, College Green, BS1 5TR. Call 0117 922 3000.

Home Buyers Surveys in Bristol are required by RICS to have relevant knowledge of relevant local issues and any relation may have with the property. Property values is, more often than not, significantly higher as a result of them resisting change.

Surveyors are expected note whether the location could be is designated and Section I of your Homebuyer Report will advise further enquiries are raised by the conveyancing solicitor. Unauthorised modifications that do not have Local Authority approval will also be advised in your survey, however these should be investigated by your legal adviser.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor has said subsidence has been a concern. How could this affect the property, and what solutions are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle beneath the building's own weight. In some older houses cracks become apparent when temperatures rise that close up in the Winter when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

Subsidence can sometimes be hard to detect, as the things which a surveyor will look for could quite easily be caused by a number of factors. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either because the structural integrity is already compromised, or due to the use of cheaper materials.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Buyers should also be aware that a property may need to be monitored for several months before clear evidence of movement is found.

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