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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 select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Hertfordshire

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when you are buying a property constructed from standard building materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Hertfordshire

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Hertfordshire) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. box frame construction houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Hertfordshire

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Hertfordshire and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Hertfordshire property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any alterations, you should you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, but it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Hertfordshire property's condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Hertfordshire Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect will heavy rainfall have on our new house in Hertfordshire? Also, if there is work that needs to be done, will they be costly to fix?

I find it odd that the effect which heavy rainfall has on buildings in Hertfordshire is not given enough thought by buyers. As an example, mildew in the attic will likely suggest that the downspouts are at risk. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve. Where this is poorly maintained, the damage becomes increasing costly to remedy.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What negative impact does clay soil have on a home's foundations? Will the Hertfordshire House Survey look into this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

The content of soil around the foundations of a house in Hertfordshire can have unwanted consequences, with groundwater level variations and swelling of the soil being relatively common. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Hertfordshire house's foundations, forcing them inward. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Hertfordshire, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the house. Isolated patches of dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about an infestation in the Hertfordshire property we plan to buy. Is a HomeBuyer Report advisable?

Pests like bed bugs may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying in Hertfordshire. Regrettably, pest problems can be very expensive to resolve and carry serious health risks. It may not be obvious that a property is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, woodworm can be extremely destructive, but fortunately their 'tunnels' in timber and wood furniture are usually quite easy to spot. As some pest problems can be very stubborn, knowing the risks, and chance of success before you buy is essential. The property surveyor may include notes on any signs of vermin or other pests in their report. It is, however, advisable that specific worries you may have be raised ASAP. If you require more information, contact a local firm, like Glade Pest Control Services, Hollybush Cottage, Pottersheath Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 9SU, or call them on 0143 881 1913.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Hertfordshire and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Hertfordshire property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any alterations, you should you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, but it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Hertfordshire property's condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Hertfordshire Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect will heavy rainfall have on our new house in Hertfordshire? Also, if there is work that needs to be done, will they be costly to fix?

I find it odd that the effect which heavy rainfall has on buildings in Hertfordshire is not given enough thought by buyers. As an example, mildew in the attic will likely suggest that the downspouts are at risk. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve. Where this is poorly maintained, the damage becomes increasing costly to remedy.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What negative impact does clay soil have on a home's foundations? Will the Hertfordshire House Survey look into this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

The content of soil around the foundations of a house in Hertfordshire can have unwanted consequences, with groundwater level variations and swelling of the soil being relatively common. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Hertfordshire house's foundations, forcing them inward. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Hertfordshire, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the house. Isolated patches of dry soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

Timber damage by insect larvae

I am worried about an infestation in the Hertfordshire property we plan to buy. Is a HomeBuyer Report advisable?

Pests like bed bugs may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying in Hertfordshire. Regrettably, pest problems can be very expensive to resolve and carry serious health risks. It may not be obvious that a property is suffering a severe pest problem, as evidence can be overlooked, woodworm can be extremely destructive, but fortunately their 'tunnels' in timber and wood furniture are usually quite easy to spot. As some pest problems can be very stubborn, knowing the risks, and chance of success before you buy is essential. The property surveyor may include notes on any signs of vermin or other pests in their report. It is, however, advisable that specific worries you may have be raised ASAP. If you require more information, contact a local firm, like Glade Pest Control Services, Hollybush Cottage, Pottersheath Road, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 9SU, or call them on 0143 881 1913.

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Recent Hertfordshire Surveyor Reports

  • Driveway slope creates damp problems

    By Stewart Heasman November 14th, 2012

    The living room of this property was suffering extensive damp and water damage below a bay window at the front of the house. The main cause of this moisture build-up appeared to be the construction of an uneven paved area, used as a drive. The drive sloped downwards toward the front wall of...

  • Rising Damp Ruins Bathroom

    By Scott Oke November 7th, 2012

    This property, located near St Albans's town centre, suffered from Rising Damp [1] throughout the ground floor, with evidence of further damp affecting timbers in the loft space. Evidence of penetrating damp was particularly clear in the... [1] https://www.surveyorlocal.co.uk/glossary/rising-damp