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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 HomeBuyers Survey is the best choice for my potential property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Forest Hall

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to buy a property made of conventional materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Forest Hall

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Forest Hall) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this option when buying a non standard property such as box frame construction buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Forest Hall

    This is a professional valuation . This report is typically chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Forest Hall and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Forest Hall property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make alterations, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it will offer a thorough analysis of the Forest Hall property's condition and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details get a Forest Hall Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have heard that subsidence in Forest Hall is a concern. What subsidence-related defects will my HomeBuyer Report look into?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. Most homes are built with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the brickwork or walls on the outside, or the widening of existing cracks, may indicate subsidence. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

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. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the

building. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Forest Hall surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Damaged Render

What will my Surveyor consider on a stucco rendered regency detached house in Forest Hall that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is actually a form of solid render. Commonly it is layered over underlying red brick that sets to a very smooth surface. The coating is very grand in appearance and is/was often found on Victorian properties. Stucco is often prone to defect and Forest Hall Building Surveys sometimes show potentially expensive to remedy problems e.g. trapped water resulting in the surface falling away which need attention

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include sulphate attack from salts absorbed from bricks. Fixing problems with stucco can be dear as the skills are getting rarer.

Asbestos roof tiles

A Forest Hall builder commented that there is a danger of blue asbestos Artex present in house. What is asbestos, what are the risks and can it be removed?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous mineral. Some types are found in the building materials including pipe lagging insulation. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has good heat resistance properties, it may be found in pipe lagging. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to displace it. Professional advice must be taken without delay.

Surveyors will not test for asbestos during the survey. However, surveyors will note possible asbestos and will recommend professional testing.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Forest Hall and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Forest Hall property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make alterations, it would be better that you carry out a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it will offer a thorough analysis of the Forest Hall property's condition and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details get a Forest Hall Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have heard that subsidence in Forest Hall is a concern. What subsidence-related defects will my HomeBuyer Report look into?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. Most homes are built with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the brickwork or walls on the outside, or the widening of existing cracks, may indicate subsidence. A sudden, severe shift in weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, possibly as a result of lower-quality materials.

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. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the



building. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Forest Hall surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Damaged Render

What will my Surveyor consider on a stucco rendered regency detached house in Forest Hall that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is actually a form of solid render. Commonly it is layered over underlying red brick that sets to a very smooth surface. The coating is very grand in appearance and is/was often found on Victorian properties. Stucco is often prone to defect and Forest Hall Building Surveys sometimes show potentially expensive to remedy problems e.g. trapped water resulting in the surface falling away which need attention

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include sulphate attack from salts absorbed from bricks. Fixing problems with stucco can be dear as the skills are getting rarer.

Asbestos roof tiles

A Forest Hall builder commented that there is a danger of blue asbestos Artex present in house. What is asbestos, what are the risks and can it be removed?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous mineral. Some types are found in the building materials including pipe lagging insulation. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has good heat resistance properties, it may be found in pipe lagging. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to displace it. Professional advice must be taken without delay.

Surveyors will not test for asbestos during the survey. However, surveyors will note possible asbestos and will recommend professional testing.

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