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The surveyor who produces your report will be local to you with local knowledge of the area.

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  • 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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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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  Mortgage Valuation
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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 should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Darwen

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice if you are buying a home made of conventional materials such as tile and brick, in reasonable order and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Darwen

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Darwen) is also carried out by a RICS accredited surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this option when buying a non standard property such as box frame construction homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Darwen

    This is a professional surveyor valuation of the property. This is often chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Darwen and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Darwen property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, you should you choose a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, but it will offer comprehensive details of the Darwen property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Darwen Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Darwen. What does the RICS surveyor pay attention to during the survey?

Properties in Darwen in good condition can be hiding serious difficulties with the roof, for example, bad drainage. From collar ties to fascias, every part of the roof must be reviewed. Your building surveyors may then recommend that some faults need urgent attention.

An expensive quote for roofing jobs (such as replacement of a failed dormer) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable Darwen roofing contractor. Speak to D W M of 22 Carr Rd, Darwen, BB3 2DW on 01254 773827 for details.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a house in Darwen and saw evidence of the driveway surface is broken and uneven, could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence issues does the Property Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a building which compromises its structural integrity. Most buildings experience some minor cracking. Heave is less common, and can be caused when a tree dies or is uprooted and its roots cease absorbing moisture from the ground.

In clay soil regions, a dry spell will lower the water table. This will dry, contracting the soil around the property as it does so, pulling on the homes foundations and causing movement. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Darwen? What should we expect a Home Survey to include, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a property's foundations can create difficulties. Issues range from moisture changes in the soil to soil movement, both of which can put a property's foundations under great strain. Defects can be obvious to the naked eye, or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years. Signs like warped window frames in the kitchen can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies.

Taking precautions, such as keeping standing water on the property in check, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. 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

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Darwen and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Darwen property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, you should you choose a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, but it will offer comprehensive details of the Darwen property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant Darwen Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Darwen. What does the RICS surveyor pay attention to during the survey?

Properties in Darwen in good condition can be hiding serious difficulties with the roof, for example, bad drainage. From collar ties to fascias, every part of the roof must be reviewed. Your building surveyors may then recommend that some faults need urgent attention.

An expensive quote for roofing jobs (such as replacement of a failed dormer) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable Darwen roofing contractor. Speak to D W M of 22 Carr Rd, Darwen, BB3 2DW on 01254 773827 for details.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a house in Darwen and saw evidence of the driveway surface is broken and uneven, could this be evidence of subsidence? What subsidence issues does the Property Surveyor report on?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a building which compromises its structural integrity. Most buildings experience some minor cracking. Heave is less common, and can be caused when a tree dies or is uprooted and its roots cease absorbing moisture from the ground.

In clay soil regions, a dry spell will lower the water table. This will dry, contracting the soil around the property as it does so, pulling on the homes foundations and causing movement. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Darwen? What should we expect a Home Survey to include, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a property's foundations can create difficulties. Issues range from moisture changes in the soil to soil movement, both of which can put a property's foundations under great strain. Defects can be obvious to the naked eye, or may remain undiscovered (and therefore untreated) for years. Signs like warped window frames in the kitchen can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies.

Taking precautions, such as keeping standing water on the property in check, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. 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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