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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Cathays

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice if buying a property constructed from conventional materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Cathays

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Cathays) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor and is more detailed. Select this when buying a non standard property such as a thatched roof property.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Cathays

    This is an independent valuation . This is often chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Cathays and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same survey.

If the Cathays property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will offer an in-depth analysis of the Cathays property's condition as well as an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Cathays Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damaged Render

What will the Cathays Surveyor take into account on a roughcast rendered (stucco) regency house in Cathays that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is really just a specific type of solid render. Usually stucco render is layered over brick that sets to a smooth stone like surface. Stucco render is highly grand in appearance and is common on some Regency houses. It is very similar to plaster and mortar to work with. It used to have lime in it as well as a plastic under mesh to stop cracks. it can be prone to defect and Surveyors sometimes focus on defects such as when stucco is exposed to on-going weathering and rain which gets saturated and prone to frost damage. Other issues may result from the difficulty in diagnosing damp underneath. Remedying Stucco problems can be surprisingly expensive as renderers are becoming harder to find.

Building Surveys on flats 1

Is it the right choice to upgrade to full structural survey prior to purchasing a converted, thirties converted flat in Cathays?

The Full Structural Survey is now called the Building Survey. If looking into purchasing an unconventional property such as a structurally modified flat in Cathays, this is now the most suitable choice of home survey to commission. After an exhaustive survey of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings, a formal report is emailed and posted to you detailing comprehensive and significant insight about the materials used for the construction of the building. There will be one or two limitations with any survey to bear in mind because your surveyor cannot open up the fabric of the of the Cathays building e.g. removing loft contents. Over and above house surveys, flats, by their very nature, mean the whole building cant easily be inspected. Although the surveyor is only authorised survey the flat itself, though the surveyor may exist other tenant shared sections of the property such as any alarm system. For a more detailed comparison of survey types see the following Survey comparison table.

Landfill site near home

What should I be concerned about when buying a property close to a rubbish dump

Landfill Sites come in many shapes and sizes for example: commercial waste material disposal. No one really wants to live near one (most people do live within 1.5m of one!). Worries might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Potential health issues like congenital birth defects have been linked to landfill sites .

Building Surveys and valuations in Cathays will flag up any structural issues connected with the landfill. Your legal representative will conduct environmental searches of the British Geological database as well as Cardiff Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Cathays and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same survey.

If the Cathays property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will offer an in-depth analysis of the Cathays property's condition as well as an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Cathays Home Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damaged Render

What will the Cathays Surveyor take into account on a roughcast rendered (stucco) regency house in Cathays that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is really just a specific type of solid render. Usually stucco render is layered over brick that sets to a smooth stone like surface. Stucco render is highly grand in appearance and is common on some Regency houses. It is very similar to plaster and mortar to work with. It used to have lime in it as well as a plastic under mesh to stop cracks. it can be prone to defect and Surveyors sometimes focus on defects such as when stucco is exposed to on-going weathering and rain which gets saturated and prone to frost damage. Other issues may result from the difficulty in diagnosing damp underneath. Remedying Stucco problems can be surprisingly expensive as renderers are becoming harder to find.



Building Surveys on flats 1

Is it the right choice to upgrade to full structural survey prior to purchasing a converted, thirties converted flat in Cathays?

The Full Structural Survey is now called the Building Survey. If looking into purchasing an unconventional property such as a structurally modified flat in Cathays, this is now the most suitable choice of home survey to commission. After an exhaustive survey of the inside and outside of the main building and permanent outbuildings, a formal report is emailed and posted to you detailing comprehensive and significant insight about the materials used for the construction of the building. There will be one or two limitations with any survey to bear in mind because your surveyor cannot open up the fabric of the of the Cathays building e.g. removing loft contents. Over and above house surveys, flats, by their very nature, mean the whole building cant easily be inspected. Although the surveyor is only authorised survey the flat itself, though the surveyor may exist other tenant shared sections of the property such as any alarm system. For a more detailed comparison of survey types see the following Survey comparison table.

Landfill site near home

What should I be concerned about when buying a property close to a rubbish dump

Landfill Sites come in many shapes and sizes for example: commercial waste material disposal. No one really wants to live near one (most people do live within 1.5m of one!). Worries might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Potential health issues like congenital birth defects have been linked to landfill sites .

Building Surveys and valuations in Cathays will flag up any structural issues connected with the landfill. Your legal representative will conduct environmental searches of the British Geological database as well as Cardiff Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

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