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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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in Dorchester

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  • RICS surveyors in Dorchester
From £225
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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
  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 Building Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Dorchester

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if you are buying a property made of conventional building materials i.e. tile & brick, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Dorchester

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Dorchester) is also conducted by a RICS qualified surveyor but is more exhaustive. Choose this for unconventional e.g. stone or older buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Dorchester

    This is a professional valuation . This report is usually chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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Recent Home Surveys
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    Old Fox Cottages, Ansty, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2

  • Building Survey
    Syward Close, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Dorchester and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is basically the same the same survey.

If the Dorchester property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out significant alterations, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it will give you a thorough analysis of the Dorchester property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain an instant Dorchester Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there is a danger of flaky asbestos roof tiles in existence at the building. What is asbestos and is there a danger?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials including powdery sprayed on coatings.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent sound absorption properties, it may be found in soffit boards. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are ultimately potentially fatal and might lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily constitute a risk to health.

If found, care should be taken not to move asbestos. Professional advice must be taken urgently. You should not endeavour to remove it yourself. Surveyors will not tell you whether there is asbestos during the survey. Surveyors will report on potential asbestos during the Dorchester survey and will inform you of the options.

Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a Dorchester home with a loft conversion. What will our Dorchester surveyor be concerned about during the survey work?

Residential property in Dorchester in otherwise fine condition can still be subject to damage to the roof, including. From the trusses to the valley gutters, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Dorchester, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the chartered surveyors will look for a range of signs, including a slope of less than 12 to 15 degrees.

The prospect of large bills for roofing jobs (such as asbestos cement removal) 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 Dorchester roofing contractor with professional accreditation should be able to assist with a quote. Call Wessex Roofing Co Ltd of 11 Pomeroy Buildings/Grove Trading Est, Dorchester, DT1 1ST on 01305 259000 for details.

Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about bugs in the property in Dorchester we plan to buy. Will the Property Survey investigate this?

Any questions about pests affecting a Dorchester house may not be asked by the lawyer. Regrettably, infestations can seriously reduce the value of a property and carry serious health risks. Evidence may not be easy to find. For example, sliverfish (lepisma saccharina), are rarely visible during the day. They will digest paper and wallpaper paste, but are more a symptom of damp than a serious problem themselves. Remedies to bug or other pest issues can include chemical treatment.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Dorchester and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey and is basically the same the same survey.

If the Dorchester property is a flat, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out significant alterations, it would be better that you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it will give you a thorough analysis of the Dorchester property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain an instant Dorchester Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there is a danger of flaky asbestos roof tiles in existence at the building. What is asbestos and is there a danger?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials including powdery sprayed on coatings.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent sound absorption properties, it may be found in soffit boards. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are ultimately potentially fatal and might lead to lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods. Its existence does not necessarily constitute a risk to health.

If found, care should be taken not to move asbestos. Professional advice must be taken urgently. You should not endeavour to remove it yourself. Surveyors will not tell you whether there is asbestos during the survey. Surveyors will report on potential asbestos during the Dorchester survey and will inform you of the options.



Roof defects identified during a survey

I have put in an offer on a Dorchester home with a loft conversion. What will our Dorchester surveyor be concerned about during the survey work?

Residential property in Dorchester in otherwise fine condition can still be subject to damage to the roof, including. From the trusses to the valley gutters, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Dorchester, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the chartered surveyors will look for a range of signs, including a slope of less than 12 to 15 degrees.

The prospect of large bills for roofing jobs (such as asbestos cement removal) 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 Dorchester roofing contractor with professional accreditation should be able to assist with a quote. Call Wessex Roofing Co Ltd of 11 Pomeroy Buildings/Grove Trading Est, Dorchester, DT1 1ST on 01305 259000 for details.

Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about bugs in the property in Dorchester we plan to buy. Will the Property Survey investigate this?

Any questions about pests affecting a Dorchester house may not be asked by the lawyer. Regrettably, infestations can seriously reduce the value of a property and carry serious health risks. Evidence may not be easy to find. For example, sliverfish (lepisma saccharina), are rarely visible during the day. They will digest paper and wallpaper paste, but are more a symptom of damp than a serious problem themselves. Remedies to bug or other pest issues can include chemical treatment.

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