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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 I select for my potential house purchase in Hillsborough?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Hillsborough

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when buying a property made of conventional building materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Hillsborough

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Hillsborough) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard e.g. thatched roof houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Hillsborough

    This is an independent valuation . This is usually chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the Hillsborough property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give a more detailed analysis of the Hillsborough property's general condition as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain a Hillsborough Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Hillsborough subsidence has been an issue. What are the risks, and what can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement will often occur in new homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. Additionally, most homes in Hillsborough are constructed from a range of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe will remove layers of soil from around the foundations. This can effectively reduce the volume of the soil surrounding the structure, meaning it can no longer support the weight of the building. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.This need not be expensive.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Hillsborough surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We are buying in Hillsborough and are looking for properties constructed with English bond walls. What suggestions can a Hillsborough surveyor make?

Brick Hillsborough residences will experience a range of defects, from erosion to badly applied render. Such defects will be discussed in the report along with recommendations. An issue often addressed by surveyors in the region is patchwork cracks caused by tie failure. This cracking may only be visible internally, and is accompanied by an irregular wall surface. Glyn Jenkins Bricklaying Contractors Ltd at 15 Were Cl, Warminster, BA12 8TB should give an estimate for any work. Call them on 01985 212261.

Hillsborough home purchasers may need to consider that range of courses arrangements and colours are used in properties built throughout the ages. E.g. running, or stretcher, bond. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Damaged Render

What will a Property Surveyor take into account on a stipple rendered (stucco) home in Hillsborough that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is smooth type of render. Typically stucco render is applied to brick that dries to a smooth and attractive finish. Stucco render is highly attractive and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency houses. it can be problematic and Hillsborough surveyors frequently report potentially expensive to remedy problems such as water trapped under paint (assuming painted). Other potential problems might be when water below DPCs that results in detachment. Re-covering Stucco problems may be difficult as skilled tradesmen are becoming harder to find.

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the Hillsborough property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give a more detailed analysis of the Hillsborough property's general condition as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain a Hillsborough Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Hillsborough subsidence has been an issue. What are the risks, and what can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement will often occur in new homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. Additionally, most homes in Hillsborough are constructed from a range of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe will remove layers of soil from around the foundations. This can effectively reduce the volume of the soil surrounding the structure, meaning it can no longer support the weight of the building. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.



Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.This need not be expensive.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A Hillsborough surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We are buying in Hillsborough and are looking for properties constructed with English bond walls. What suggestions can a Hillsborough surveyor make?

Brick Hillsborough residences will experience a range of defects, from erosion to badly applied render. Such defects will be discussed in the report along with recommendations. An issue often addressed by surveyors in the region is patchwork cracks caused by tie failure. This cracking may only be visible internally, and is accompanied by an irregular wall surface. Glyn Jenkins Bricklaying Contractors Ltd at 15 Were Cl, Warminster, BA12 8TB should give an estimate for any work. Call them on 01985 212261.

Hillsborough home purchasers may need to consider that range of courses arrangements and colours are used in properties built throughout the ages. E.g. running, or stretcher, bond. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Damaged Render

What will a Property Surveyor take into account on a stipple rendered (stucco) home in Hillsborough that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is smooth type of render. Typically stucco render is applied to brick that dries to a smooth and attractive finish. Stucco render is highly attractive and is was often applied to Victorian and Regency houses. it can be problematic and Hillsborough surveyors frequently report potentially expensive to remedy problems such as water trapped under paint (assuming painted). Other potential problems might be when water below DPCs that results in detachment. Re-covering Stucco problems may be difficult as skilled tradesmen are becoming harder to find.

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