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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 Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Caversham

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen if planning to buy a property made of conventional materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Caversham

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Caversham) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard e.g. stone properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Caversham

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Caversham and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Caversham property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Caversham property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Caversham House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for rebuilding a retaining wall)

The Homebuyer Report contains a surveyor valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard. To estimate the valuation the surveyor will call upon area knowledge and other things relating to the property for instance: general condition.

Surveyors also reflect on materials used and draw upon key assumptions, for example the property is connected to mains services such as gas.

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. The surveyor relies on standard assumptions that there are no problematic legal issues like no laws are broken by use of property. Advice should be sought from your solicitor.

Further area conjectures like problematic roads and access, are made in addition to environmental issues like railways, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Damaged Render

What will the Caversham Surveyor look out for on a smooth stucco house in Caversham that I intend to purchase.

Stucco is in fact smooth type of render. Usually stucco is applied to brick that dries to a smooth flat finish. Stucco is very attractive and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency buildings. Specialists say that it is very similar to plaster and mortar. It may have lime in it in addition to a grid underneath to stop cracks. it can be problematic and Surveyors in Caversham sometimes detail any number of problems like trapped moisture resulting in the surface falling away which need attention.

Another example of problems associated with stucco might include when the application is taken down to ground level bypassing the Damp Proof Course (DPC). Resolving Stucco problems can be dear as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The Fletton brick on this Caversham home looks in bad shape - what should we do?

Brick-constructed apartments demonstrate several benefits. However, they can also show signs of numerous defects, from moisture damage to spalling. For instance, rusted ties (this decay can be accelerated by black ash mortar often found in older properties). This expansion of the ties as they rust causes horizontal cracks leading to structural issues and should be taken very seriously. Brick-Craft should be able to provide an estimate for repair work. Contact them at Holly Cottage/Batesway, Rugeley, WS15 1PX or 07982 875398.

Brick-constructed property have been a feature of house construction in this country for 100s of years, leading to a range of styles and techniques. For example, Monk bond, which is similar to Flemish bond, but with two long bricks between every short one, but it is strongly advised that professional advice be sought prior to attempting repairs.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Caversham and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Caversham property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Caversham property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Caversham House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for rebuilding a retaining wall)

The Homebuyer Report contains a surveyor valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard. To estimate the valuation the surveyor will call upon area knowledge and other things relating to the property for instance: general condition.

Surveyors also reflect on materials used and draw upon key assumptions, for example the property is connected to mains services such as gas.

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. The surveyor relies on standard assumptions that there are no problematic legal issues like no laws are broken by use of property. Advice should be sought from your solicitor.



Further area conjectures like problematic roads and access, are made in addition to environmental issues like railways, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

Damaged Render

What will the Caversham Surveyor look out for on a smooth stucco house in Caversham that I intend to purchase.

Stucco is in fact smooth type of render. Usually stucco is applied to brick that dries to a smooth flat finish. Stucco is very attractive and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency buildings. Specialists say that it is very similar to plaster and mortar. It may have lime in it in addition to a grid underneath to stop cracks. it can be problematic and Surveyors in Caversham sometimes detail any number of problems like trapped moisture resulting in the surface falling away which need attention.

Another example of problems associated with stucco might include when the application is taken down to ground level bypassing the Damp Proof Course (DPC). Resolving Stucco problems can be dear as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The Fletton brick on this Caversham home looks in bad shape - what should we do?

Brick-constructed apartments demonstrate several benefits. However, they can also show signs of numerous defects, from moisture damage to spalling. For instance, rusted ties (this decay can be accelerated by black ash mortar often found in older properties). This expansion of the ties as they rust causes horizontal cracks leading to structural issues and should be taken very seriously. Brick-Craft should be able to provide an estimate for repair work. Contact them at Holly Cottage/Batesway, Rugeley, WS15 1PX or 07982 875398.

Brick-constructed property have been a feature of house construction in this country for 100s of years, leading to a range of styles and techniques. For example, Monk bond, which is similar to Flemish bond, but with two long bricks between every short one, but it is strongly advised that professional advice be sought prior to attempting repairs.

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