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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 Home Buyers Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Kirkstall

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

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Kirkstall

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Kirkstall) will also be carried out by a RICS qualified surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this option for non standard , for example a thatched roof property.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Kirkstall

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . It is often chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Kirkstall and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same.

If the Kirkstall property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out an extension, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, but it does offer comprehensive details of the Kirkstall property's state of repair along with advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Kirkstall Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a house in Kirkstall and found wall cracks in the kitchen, could this be evidence of subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be resolved quite easily. In addition, some homes are built with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In extreme temperatures, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

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. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore

trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying a property in Kirkstall but are worried about vermin. Will the Full Structural Survey investigate this?

Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months, mice are able to squeeze through even small gaps and holes, and quickly spread disease through their droppings. Remedies can take time, so if you opt to proceed with the purchase, check with a specialist how long treatment will take. If you believe woodworm, or any pest, may be present, request that your Kirkstall surveyor pay close attention during the survey.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned there is a risk of powdery brown asbestos walls situated in the property. What is asbestos, is it dangerous and does the home survey in Kirkstall report on it?

Asbestos is a potentially fatal material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials such as boilers.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good fire retarding qualities and it may be found in boiler cupboard. Technically all forms (including white) are ultimately potentially fatal and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful never to move the asbestos and professional advice must be taken without delay. You should not try to handle it yourself.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Kirkstall HomeBuyer report. Your Kirkstall surveyor should mention the risk of asbestos risks and should offer advice.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Kirkstall and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same.

If the Kirkstall property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out an extension, RICS advise you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, but it does offer comprehensive details of the Kirkstall property's state of repair along with advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Kirkstall Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a house in Kirkstall and found wall cracks in the kitchen, could this be evidence of subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the house survey?

Subsidence is movement in a building's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be resolved quite easily. In addition, some homes are built with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In extreme temperatures, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.

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. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore



trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying a property in Kirkstall but are worried about vermin. Will the Full Structural Survey investigate this?

Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months, mice are able to squeeze through even small gaps and holes, and quickly spread disease through their droppings. Remedies can take time, so if you opt to proceed with the purchase, check with a specialist how long treatment will take. If you believe woodworm, or any pest, may be present, request that your Kirkstall surveyor pay close attention during the survey.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller has mentioned there is a risk of powdery brown asbestos walls situated in the property. What is asbestos, is it dangerous and does the home survey in Kirkstall report on it?

Asbestos is a potentially fatal material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials such as boilers.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good fire retarding qualities and it may be found in boiler cupboard. Technically all forms (including white) are ultimately potentially fatal and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful never to move the asbestos and professional advice must be taken without delay. You should not try to handle it yourself.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Kirkstall HomeBuyer report. Your Kirkstall surveyor should mention the risk of asbestos risks and should offer advice.

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