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Homebuyer
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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 Chester

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if buying a property made of standard building materials such as tile and brick, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Chester

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Chester) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this survey when buying a non standard , for example stone or older properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Chester

    This is an independent valuation . It is usually chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Chester and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is effectively the same survey.

If the Chester property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap however it does offer a more detailed analysis of the Chester property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get an instant Chester Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will a RICS Surveyor consider on a stucco rendered regency home in Chester which we wish to buy.

Stucco is really a specific type of render. Usually stucco is applied to underlying brick that sets to a smooth and attractive finish. The coating is very attractive and is found on Regency buildings. it can be problematic and Surveyors commonly detail potentially expensive to remedy problems which might include trapped water culminating in damp problems

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include attack from sulphates or salts sucked out of brickwork. Re-coating Stucco problems may be surprisingly expensive as the skills are getting more difficult to find.

Traditionally built property

We are buying a 17th Century converted stable in Chester. What should be budgeted for repairs?

Some buyers in Chester would be interested in owning a home with character. Vernacular architecture, however, can sometimes be an issue. Chester property featuring traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be difficult to repair. You should consider that specialist expertise may be needed. Construction materials, such as matching tiles, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of listed property. This may mean it is a good idea to discuss current upkeep needs with the seller. Constructed in the 13th century, 73 Watergate Street in Chester is a good example of a Medieval urban house.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled homes create upkeep problems for residents? Which major issues should we consider?

From Portland Roach Limestone to Plumpton Red Lazonby Sandstone, there are many types of stone used in the construction of homes in this country. Defects affecting stone-built buildings can vary, mould being relatively common. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls, with a brick or rubble wall beneath. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. Repair advice often includes repointing of loose or crumbling mortar. If you are planning to renovate, consider that stone matching services are available, which may be necessary for listed buildings. Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.

For more information, consider a stonemason or other knowledgeable contractor in the area. Blazers Fire Place & Heating at 2 High St, Saltney, Chester, CH4 8SE, for example, could assist.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Chester and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is effectively the same survey.

If the Chester property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap however it does offer a more detailed analysis of the Chester property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get an instant Chester Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will a RICS Surveyor consider on a stucco rendered regency home in Chester which we wish to buy.

Stucco is really a specific type of render. Usually stucco is applied to underlying brick that sets to a smooth and attractive finish. The coating is very attractive and is found on Regency buildings. it can be problematic and Surveyors commonly detail potentially expensive to remedy problems which might include trapped water culminating in damp problems

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include attack from sulphates or salts sucked out of brickwork. Re-coating Stucco problems may be surprisingly expensive as the skills are getting more difficult to find.



Traditionally built property

We are buying a 17th Century converted stable in Chester. What should be budgeted for repairs?

Some buyers in Chester would be interested in owning a home with character. Vernacular architecture, however, can sometimes be an issue. Chester property featuring traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be difficult to repair. You should consider that specialist expertise may be needed. Construction materials, such as matching tiles, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of listed property. This may mean it is a good idea to discuss current upkeep needs with the seller. Constructed in the 13th century, 73 Watergate Street in Chester is a good example of a Medieval urban house.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled homes create upkeep problems for residents? Which major issues should we consider?

From Portland Roach Limestone to Plumpton Red Lazonby Sandstone, there are many types of stone used in the construction of homes in this country. Defects affecting stone-built buildings can vary, mould being relatively common. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls, with a brick or rubble wall beneath. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. Repair advice often includes repointing of loose or crumbling mortar. If you are planning to renovate, consider that stone matching services are available, which may be necessary for listed buildings. Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.

For more information, consider a stonemason or other knowledgeable contractor in the area. Blazers Fire Place & Heating at 2 High St, Saltney, Chester, CH4 8SE, for example, could assist.

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