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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 Survey do I need for my property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Oakwood

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a property constructed from standard materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Oakwood

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Oakwood) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor and is more detailed. Choose this for non standard property such as stone houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Oakwood

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Oakwood and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Oakwood property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations on the Oakwood property, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will give a thorough analysis of the Oakwood property's general condition and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant Oakwood Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect can damp weather have on a building? Also, if there is damage, will they be costly to fix?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the impact rainfall can have on Oakwood buildings is not given the attention it deserves by buyers. Signs that rainwater goods are damaged include "gushing" gutters. If you are worried, consider asking the surveyor for more information.

Whether buying in Oakwood or elsewhere, difficult rainwater goods does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix. Where this is not cleared out regularly, the damage becomes increasing costly to remedy.

House Prices

I would like to purchase a house in Oakwood. What things will a Oakwood qualified RICS surveyor allow for on a survey ?

There are a huge number of issues which could affect the price of property ranging from proximity to road noise to the number of bedrooms in the property. .

The most reliable way for you to get an accurate house valued is with a Homebuyer Report which includes a professional valuation as a core component. A RICS chartered surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme. The scheme is intended to raise consumer confidence and improves standards.

A local surveyor should make a site visit to the house as well as factoring in the myriad of items that can impact on property values.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the mid 50s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be the cause of many issues? What should we expect a Property Survey to include? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Surveyors handle more questions relating to subsidence than any other topic, and clay soil is a major contributing factor to the problem. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including shrinking of clay soil. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Taking precautions, such as removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains, to prevent water leaking into the soil, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Oakwood and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Oakwood property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations on the Oakwood property, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will give a thorough analysis of the Oakwood property's general condition and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant Oakwood Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect can damp weather have on a building? Also, if there is damage, will they be costly to fix?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the impact rainfall can have on Oakwood buildings is not given the attention it deserves by buyers. Signs that rainwater goods are damaged include "gushing" gutters. If you are worried, consider asking the surveyor for more information.

Whether buying in Oakwood or elsewhere, difficult rainwater goods does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix. Where this is not cleared out regularly, the damage becomes increasing costly to remedy.



House Prices

I would like to purchase a house in Oakwood. What things will a Oakwood qualified RICS surveyor allow for on a survey ?

There are a huge number of issues which could affect the price of property ranging from proximity to road noise to the number of bedrooms in the property. .

The most reliable way for you to get an accurate house valued is with a Homebuyer Report which includes a professional valuation as a core component. A RICS chartered surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme. The scheme is intended to raise consumer confidence and improves standards.

A local surveyor should make a site visit to the house as well as factoring in the myriad of items that can impact on property values.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the mid 50s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be the cause of many issues? What should we expect a Property Survey to include? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Surveyors handle more questions relating to subsidence than any other topic, and clay soil is a major contributing factor to the problem. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including shrinking of clay soil. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Taking precautions, such as removal of any blockages in the guttering and drains, to prevent water leaking into the soil, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

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