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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.

  • RICS qualified surveyor
  • 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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All Surveyor Local's surveyors are independent and not linked to any mortgage lenders.

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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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 Building Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Colchester

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are purchasing a home constructed from standard materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Colchester

    The RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Colchester) will also be conducted by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this for unconventional such as timber frame properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Colchester

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Colchester and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Colchester property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make major works on the Colchester property, you should you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it does offer an in-depth analysis of the Colchester property's state of repair along with information on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Colchester Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a home built in the mid 30s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be a source of difficulty? Does the Colchester Building Survey cover this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Soil composition can have a measurable impact on a Colchester home. Specific problems include considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar, such as cracked plaster.

Taking precautions, such as monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable, can make

long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

I am looking for London brick repair tips - can a Colchester property surveyor assist? Does the age of the property matter?

Brick flats in Colchester will be subject to diverse problems. These can include frost damaged pointing or sulphate attack. A problem regularly identified is extensive damp where water has been drawn in through or between poorly fitted brickwork. Contact Edwards T for a repairs estimate at 0151-523 3250 or Inglis Rd, Liverpool, L9 0HL.

Examples of decorative or unusual usage of brick include ornamental chimneys, particularly common in Tudor-period property, but it is strongly advised that professional advice be sought prior to attempting repairs.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a garage)

The Homebuyer Report includes a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as a standard part of the survey. To be able to determine the market value your RICS valuer will take into account area knowledge as well as other factors about the property for instance: accommodation Your Colchester surveyor will also consider style of architecture and draw upon other assumptions e.g. no significant problems. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Additional local Colchester area conjectures, for example the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to Colchester environmental concerns like local mining issues, which will also be factored in.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Colchester and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Colchester property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make major works on the Colchester property, you should you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it does offer an in-depth analysis of the Colchester property's state of repair along with information on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Colchester Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a home built in the mid 30s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be a source of difficulty? Does the Colchester Building Survey cover this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Soil composition can have a measurable impact on a Colchester home. Specific problems include considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar, such as cracked plaster.

Taking precautions, such as monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable, can make



long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

I am looking for London brick repair tips - can a Colchester property surveyor assist? Does the age of the property matter?

Brick flats in Colchester will be subject to diverse problems. These can include frost damaged pointing or sulphate attack. A problem regularly identified is extensive damp where water has been drawn in through or between poorly fitted brickwork. Contact Edwards T for a repairs estimate at 0151-523 3250 or Inglis Rd, Liverpool, L9 0HL.

Examples of decorative or unusual usage of brick include ornamental chimneys, particularly common in Tudor-period property, but it is strongly advised that professional advice be sought prior to attempting repairs.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a garage)

The Homebuyer Report includes a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as a standard part of the survey. To be able to determine the market value your RICS valuer will take into account area knowledge as well as other factors about the property for instance: accommodation Your Colchester surveyor will also consider style of architecture and draw upon other assumptions e.g. no significant problems. A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Additional local Colchester area conjectures, for example the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to Colchester environmental concerns like local mining issues, which will also be factored in.

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