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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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Looking for a Home Buyers Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Huntingdon

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when buying a property made of standard building materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Huntingdon

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Huntingdon) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Choose this for non standard e.g. wood frame homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Huntingdon

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Huntingdon and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the Huntingdon property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out significant alterations, you should you commission a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it will give comprehensive details of the Huntingdon property's state of repair as well as including more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Huntingdon House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted that there is a 14mm crack above the windows in the dining room when we last viewed the home. What subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor consider?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home after six months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

Subsidence-related cracks are commonly thinner towards the bottom of the crack, if it runs up a wall. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the soil dries, this organic matter will rot. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary.

Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have been informed that Huntingdon property built on clay soil can experience problems. Will a Huntingdon Property Survey look into this, and what defects will be reported on?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil, with compression of layers of the sub-soil and soil swelling being relatively common. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Huntingdon house's foundations, forcing them inward. Steps like immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Asbestos roof tiles

There is suspected asbestos lagging in the building. What are the issues with asbestos?

Asbestos is a harmful fibrous structured mineral of several naturally occurring materials. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White may be in building materials including vinyl flooring. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic including tensile strength qualities and it may be found in asbestos blocks.

All forms are carcinogenic and might lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to move asbestos and professional advice should be sought ASAP. Never try to get rid of it yourself. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos during a Huntingdon building survey. Surveyors will report on the risk of asbestos and will offer advice.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Huntingdon and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the Huntingdon property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out significant alterations, you should you commission a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it will give comprehensive details of the Huntingdon property's state of repair as well as including more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant Huntingdon House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We spotted that there is a 14mm crack above the windows in the dining room when we last viewed the home. What subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor consider?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. Where the home is of very recent construction, the builder will usually return to a new home after six months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.

Subsidence-related cracks are commonly thinner towards the bottom of the crack, if it runs up a wall. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the soil dries, this organic matter will rot. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary.



Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have been informed that Huntingdon property built on clay soil can experience problems. Will a Huntingdon Property Survey look into this, and what defects will be reported on?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil, with compression of layers of the sub-soil and soil swelling being relatively common. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Huntingdon house's foundations, forcing them inward. Steps like immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Asbestos roof tiles

There is suspected asbestos lagging in the building. What are the issues with asbestos?

Asbestos is a harmful fibrous structured mineral of several naturally occurring materials. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White may be in building materials including vinyl flooring. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic including tensile strength qualities and it may be found in asbestos blocks.

All forms are carcinogenic and might lead to lung cancer or pleural disease if inhaled over sustained periods.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to move asbestos and professional advice should be sought ASAP. Never try to get rid of it yourself. Surveyors cannot test for asbestos during a Huntingdon building survey. Surveyors will report on the risk of asbestos and will offer advice.

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