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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 I pick for my potential house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Darton

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen if purchasing a home constructed from conventional building materials i.e. tile & brick, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Darton

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Darton) will also be conducted by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Choose this for unconventional , for example wychert or older homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Darton

    This is an independent valuation . This is typically chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Darton and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Darton property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any major works, it would be better that you book a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap however it does offer a thorough analysis of the Darton property's general condition in addition to information on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Darton House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When we visited the period property we are hoping to buy, it appeared that there was no RCD on the fuse board , will the Darton surveyor write anything on electrical defects?

When carrying out a Building Survey in Darton your surveyor will comment on the condition of the electrics if it is apparent that they are in a poor condition. The RICS surveyor should also focus on things like whether there is an on-peak/off-peak mains supply or verifying the condition of any visible wiring a representative sample of switch gear.

Verifying the existence of any documents from the most recent PIR carried out by an electrician should form part of the survey.

The IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) recommend a PIR need be completed every ten years (or every 5 if renting out).

Window frame

In the HomeBuyer Report, what impact can a Condition rating 2 have on windows?

Condition rating 2 suggests that the aspect of the Darton house or flat in question will need some work. In contrast to more serious, 'red' rated, defects, these issues do not require immediate attention. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. The structured format for the HomeBuyer Report is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any home purchasers. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily. An inadequate weatherstrip on a window, for example, is included in Section E.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a Darton home built in the late 80s, but it has clay foundations. Can we expect the HomeBuyer Report to mention this?

Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including compression of layers of the sub-soil. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. For example, cracked plaster may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like ensuring that the ground level declines away from the house. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Darton and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Darton property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any major works, it would be better that you book a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap however it does offer a thorough analysis of the Darton property's general condition in addition to information on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Darton House Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When we visited the period property we are hoping to buy, it appeared that there was no RCD on the fuse board , will the Darton surveyor write anything on electrical defects?

When carrying out a Building Survey in Darton your surveyor will comment on the condition of the electrics if it is apparent that they are in a poor condition. The RICS surveyor should also focus on things like whether there is an on-peak/off-peak mains supply or verifying the condition of any visible wiring a representative sample of switch gear.

Verifying the existence of any documents from the most recent PIR carried out by an electrician should form part of the survey.

The IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) recommend a PIR need be completed every ten years (or every 5 if renting out).



Window frame

In the HomeBuyer Report, what impact can a Condition rating 2 have on windows?

Condition rating 2 suggests that the aspect of the Darton house or flat in question will need some work. In contrast to more serious, 'red' rated, defects, these issues do not require immediate attention. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. The structured format for the HomeBuyer Report is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any home purchasers. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily. An inadequate weatherstrip on a window, for example, is included in Section E.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a Darton home built in the late 80s, but it has clay foundations. Can we expect the HomeBuyer Report to mention this?

Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including compression of layers of the sub-soil. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. For example, cracked plaster may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like ensuring that the ground level declines away from the house. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

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