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We work with RICS qualified surveyors around the country who offer high quality property surveys at a great price. Surveyor Local gives you piece of mind about your future property, and offers RICS HomeBuyer Reports, Building Surveys and Property Valuations.

The surveyor who produces your report will be local to you with local knowledge of the area.

  • RICS qualified surveyor
  • Can help you negotiate on the property price
  • Thorough and accurate report
  • Clear traffic-light ratings for all aspects of the property
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On the next page, you will see quotes for a Building or HomeBuyer Survey, along with a Property Valuation.

Surveyor Local only works with surveyors regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

A Building or HomeBuyer Survey helps buyers make more informed decisions.

Surveyor Local has earned hundreds of five star reviews from happy clients.

All Surveyor Local's surveyors are independent and not linked to any mortgage lenders.

Surveys can help buyers avoid costly repairs and negotiate a better purchase price.

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Home Buyers Survey
in Lowestoft

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  • RICS surveyors in Lowestoft
From £225
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The content of survey reports will vary considerably due to factors including the age, type, location and condition of the property, and materials used in its construction.

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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 Building Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Lowestoft

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen when purchasing a property constructed from conventional materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Lowestoft

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Lowestoft) will also be conducted by a RICS surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional such as architecturally unusual or older buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Lowestoft

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . It is typically chosen by cash buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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Recent Home Surveys
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  • HomeBuyer Report
    Kimberley Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33

  • Building Survey
    Kingfisher Court, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Lowestoft and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Lowestoft property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Lowestoft property's state of repair in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Lowestoft Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Timber damage by insect larvae

A resident warned us about bugs on the road. Will a surveyor look into this?

Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful. When purchasing a building, this matter should be borne in mind. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. For example, carpet beetle larvae, or 'woolly bears' may be recognised by distinctive round bite marks along seams of clothing. Able to survive months without food, there may initially be no obvious evidence of their presence. Treatment for pest problems may include professional cleaning and removal or excision of affected timber. If investigation does uncover a problem, consider speaking to the seller to ask that they deal with the issue prior to exchange.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for rebuilding a retaining wall) and what will it include?

The Homebuyer Report includes a surveyor valuation and a reinstatement cost as part of the report. To estimate an accurate estimate of the value of the building your independent surveyor will use local Lowestoft market factors and other considerations relating to the property e.g. size Surveyors also evaluate construction type and use other assumptions e.g. no significant problems.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Further Lowestoft assumptions like connection to sewers, are made in addition to Lowestoft environmental issues like local mining issues, which will also be factored in.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact may rainfall have on a property? Will the Lowestoft building survey report on this? Also, if there are problems, will they be a hassle to fix?

I find it odd that the impact heavy rainfall can have on a structure is often overlooked. One indication that rainwater goods are a cause for concern is water pooling below gutters, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Fortunately, guttering issues are quite easy to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. However, if the drains are left untreated, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Lowestoft and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Lowestoft property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any works or an extension, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Lowestoft property's state of repair in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Lowestoft Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Timber damage by insect larvae

A resident warned us about bugs on the road. Will a surveyor look into this?

Infestations can range from the mild and harmless, to the seriously harmful. When purchasing a building, this matter should be borne in mind. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. For example, carpet beetle larvae, or 'woolly bears' may be recognised by distinctive round bite marks along seams of clothing. Able to survive months without food, there may initially be no obvious evidence of their presence. Treatment for pest problems may include professional cleaning and removal or excision of affected timber. If investigation does uncover a problem, consider speaking to the seller to ask that they deal with the issue prior to exchange.



RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for rebuilding a retaining wall) and what will it include?

The Homebuyer Report includes a surveyor valuation and a reinstatement cost as part of the report. To estimate an accurate estimate of the value of the building your independent surveyor will use local Lowestoft market factors and other considerations relating to the property e.g. size Surveyors also evaluate construction type and use other assumptions e.g. no significant problems.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Further Lowestoft assumptions like connection to sewers, are made in addition to Lowestoft environmental issues like local mining issues, which will also be factored in.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What impact may rainfall have on a property? Will the Lowestoft building survey report on this? Also, if there are problems, will they be a hassle to fix?

I find it odd that the impact heavy rainfall can have on a structure is often overlooked. One indication that rainwater goods are a cause for concern is water pooling below gutters, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Fortunately, guttering issues are quite easy to fix, and is also relatively inexpensive. However, if the drains are left untreated, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.

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