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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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What Survey should I choose for my property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Downe

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen if buying a property constructed from conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Downe

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Downe) is also carried out by a RICS surveyor and is more comprehensive. Choose this for unconventional e.g. granite wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Downe

    This is an impartial valuation of the property. It is usually chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Downe and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Downe property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any works or an extension on the property, you should you choose a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Downe property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Downe Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

I am purchasing a home and the vendor has informed us that it has been built with Doulting stone. What potential issues must we watch out for, and what will the survey reveal?

External wall maintenance is essential to the health of Downe houses. Defects such as deteriorating mortar affect many stone-walled Downe houses.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregular walls. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar, though the advent of Portland cement made lime mortar. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include careful removal of nearby trees and plants. Be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding permanent outbuildings) and what does it include?

A Homebuyer Report on a Downe building will include a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate included in the cost of the survey. To ascertain an accurate value estimate the valuer will refer to local Downe market factors and other things relating to the property for instance: size. Surveyors also examine construction type and will draw upon key assumptions such as there being no serious defects. Surveyors don't factor in certain things like sales incentives.

Further Downe assumptions, such as there being no disputes between occupiers or issues with access, are made in addition to local environmental issues like brine mining activity, also being considered.

A Building survey won't 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.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are buying a property in Downe, does the surveyor consider possible water damage?

Heavy rain, drains blocked with sewage or soil and burst pipes could all cause major floods. Both home purchasers and home owners in areas at risk of flooding are right to be worried.

Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the house in question is in danger.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a property, such as via incorrectly fitted window frames. Less expensive preventative measures include door guards. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.

The alert level for the Riverside locations and roads between Yeoford and Fordton, including Yeoford, Neopardy, Gunstone, Salmonhutch, Downes Mill and the A377 at Downes Mill., near to Downe , was recently set by the Environment Agency on 26/11/12.

*Information accurate 04/01/13

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Downe and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Downe property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any works or an extension on the property, you should you choose a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Downe property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Downe Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Stone block wall damage

I am purchasing a home and the vendor has informed us that it has been built with Doulting stone. What potential issues must we watch out for, and what will the survey reveal?

External wall maintenance is essential to the health of Downe houses. Defects such as deteriorating mortar affect many stone-walled Downe houses.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregular walls. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar, though the advent of Portland cement made lime mortar. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include careful removal of nearby trees and plants. Be careful not to pull these up by the roots, as they could already be intertwined with the wall's foundations, which will cause more damage. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.



RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding permanent outbuildings) and what does it include?

A Homebuyer Report on a Downe building will include a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate included in the cost of the survey. To ascertain an accurate value estimate the valuer will refer to local Downe market factors and other things relating to the property for instance: size. Surveyors also examine construction type and will draw upon key assumptions such as there being no serious defects. Surveyors don't factor in certain things like sales incentives.

Further Downe assumptions, such as there being no disputes between occupiers or issues with access, are made in addition to local environmental issues like brine mining activity, also being considered.

A Building survey won't 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.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are buying a property in Downe, does the surveyor consider possible water damage?

Heavy rain, drains blocked with sewage or soil and burst pipes could all cause major floods. Both home purchasers and home owners in areas at risk of flooding are right to be worried.

Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the house in question is in danger.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a property, such as via incorrectly fitted window frames. Less expensive preventative measures include door guards. The Environment Agency also publish details of previous flood warnings.

The alert level for the Riverside locations and roads between Yeoford and Fordton, including Yeoford, Neopardy, Gunstone, Salmonhutch, Downes Mill and the A377 at Downes Mill., near to Downe , was recently set by the Environment Agency on 26/11/12.

*Information accurate 04/01/13

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