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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 Property Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Devon

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when purchasing a home constructed from standard materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Devon

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Devon) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor and is more detailed. Opt for this option for unconventional e.g. thatched properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Devon

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation of the property. This is usually chosen by cash purchasers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Devon and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Devon property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Devon property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Devon Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there could be quantities of white asbestos roof gutters in the home. Is this a major concern and can it be easily dealt with?

Buildings constructed before around 1985 might include any number of asbestos based materials. Asbestos is a deleterious substance. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White may be in building materials for example boilers.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic fire retarding qualities and it may be found in boiler cupboard. Most asbestos was imported from Canada.

All forms are dangerous and might lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. In fact breathing in a one fibre is not deadly.

If discovered, one must be careful on no account to disturb the asbestos. Professional advice should be sought ASAP. Getting rid of asbestos may be costly must always be completed by trained experts.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Devon survey. Your surveyor will report on suspected asbestos and should suggest further investigation.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent suggested subsidence is an issue affecting the home. What subsidence-related matters will the Property Surveyor investigate?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new house after time has passed in order to make repairs.

There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Devon homes. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe will remove layers of soil from around the foundations. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Inside, keep an eye out for doors and windows which stick.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Landfill site near home

What should we be concerned about if buying a building next to Allers Wood and landfill sites generally

Landfill Sites are used for a variety of waste for example: non-hazardous rubbish disposal. Thousands of sites affect hundreds of thousands of people in the UK including Devon. Risks include tars and other hazardous materials. Health issues such as congenital birth defects have been associated with landfill sites .

Devon surveyors will flag up structural issues resulting from the site. Your conveyancer will conduct conveyancing and environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases as well as Teignbridge Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Devon and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Devon property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Devon property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Devon Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there could be quantities of white asbestos roof gutters in the home. Is this a major concern and can it be easily dealt with?

Buildings constructed before around 1985 might include any number of asbestos based materials. Asbestos is a deleterious substance. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White may be in building materials for example boilers.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic fire retarding qualities and it may be found in boiler cupboard. Most asbestos was imported from Canada.

All forms are dangerous and might lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. In fact breathing in a one fibre is not deadly.

If discovered, one must be careful on no account to disturb the asbestos. Professional advice should be sought ASAP. Getting rid of asbestos may be costly must always be completed by trained experts.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Devon survey. Your surveyor will report on suspected asbestos and should suggest further investigation.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent suggested subsidence is an issue affecting the home. What subsidence-related matters will the Property Surveyor investigate?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new house after time has passed in order to make repairs.

There are a number of factors capable of causing subsidence to Devon homes. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe will remove layers of soil from around the foundations. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Inside, keep an eye out for doors and windows which stick.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Landfill site near home

What should we be concerned about if buying a building next to Allers Wood and landfill sites generally

Landfill Sites are used for a variety of waste for example: non-hazardous rubbish disposal. Thousands of sites affect hundreds of thousands of people in the UK including Devon. Risks include tars and other hazardous materials. Health issues such as congenital birth defects have been associated with landfill sites .

Devon surveyors will flag up structural issues resulting from the site. Your conveyancer will conduct conveyancing and environmental searches of the Environmental Agency databases as well as Teignbridge Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

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