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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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 Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Old Colwyn

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a home made of standard materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Old Colwyn

    The RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Old Colwyn) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor and is more detailed. Opt for this survey for non standard e.g. thatched roof buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Old Colwyn

    This is an independent valuation of the property. This report is often chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Old Colwyn and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Old Colwyn property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any alterations on the property, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap but it does give comprehensive details of the Old Colwyn property's general condition along with an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain a Old Colwyn Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are buying a residence in Old Colwyn, does the home surveyor check indications of water damage?

Last year was the second wettest year on record (source: The Telegraph), and the value of a Old Colwyn house in an at-risk area may be impacted.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures. Less expensive preventative measures include door guards, the data used to compile third-party flood assessments also takes into account flood defences and historic claims.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as reconstructing a retaining wall) and how is it calculated?

Homebuyer Reports include an independent valuation and will also include a reinstatement cost as part of the report. To ascertain an accurate value estimate the valuer will factor in knowledge of Old Colwyn as well as other factors about the property for instance: accommodation. The surveyor will also consider certain fixtures and fittings and draw upon other assumptions, for example no significant problems.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor also assumes that there aren't any significant legal problems for example your potential purchase is sold with vacant possession. Such concerns will be unravelled by your conveyancing solicitor during the legal process.

Further area assumptions, like water and drainage connectivity, are made in addition to any environmental problems like local mining issues, also being considered.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A builder has suggested subsidence might be a problem affecting the house. What can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. Recently built homes, for example, will need to settle beneath the building's own weight. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water can collect in the ground, which causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Cracks are a plain suggestion of subsidence, but they may entirely benign. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Old Colwyn and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Old Colwyn property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out any alterations on the property, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is less cheap but it does give comprehensive details of the Old Colwyn property's general condition along with an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain a Old Colwyn Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are buying a residence in Old Colwyn, does the home surveyor check indications of water damage?

Last year was the second wettest year on record (source: The Telegraph), and the value of a Old Colwyn house in an at-risk area may be impacted.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures. Less expensive preventative measures include door guards, the data used to compile third-party flood assessments also takes into account flood defences and historic claims.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation


Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as reconstructing a retaining wall) and how is it calculated?

Homebuyer Reports include an independent valuation and will also include a reinstatement cost as part of the report. To ascertain an accurate value estimate the valuer will factor in knowledge of Old Colwyn as well as other factors about the property for instance: accommodation. The surveyor will also consider certain fixtures and fittings and draw upon other assumptions, for example no significant problems.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor also assumes that there aren't any significant legal problems for example your potential purchase is sold with vacant possession. Such concerns will be unravelled by your conveyancing solicitor during the legal process.

Further area assumptions, like water and drainage connectivity, are made in addition to any environmental problems like local mining issues, also being considered.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A builder has suggested subsidence might be a problem affecting the house. What can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. Recently built homes, for example, will need to settle beneath the building's own weight. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water can collect in the ground, which causes the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Cracks are a plain suggestion of subsidence, but they may entirely benign. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

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