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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 is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Oxford

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to purchase a home constructed from standard building materials such as tile & brick, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Oxford

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Oxford) will also be conducted by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor but is more thorough. Select this survey when buying a non standard , for example stone houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Oxford

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Oxford and which is cheaper?

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

If the Oxford property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap, but it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Oxford property's condition in addition to more detailed advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain an instant Oxford Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Shocking Electrics

When we were shown the mid-century home we intend to buy we noticed that there is an old fuse board , does a Oxford Homebuyer Report give details on on the electrics?

When performing a Home Survey in Oxford a qualified surveyor will typically make a note on the overall electrical system if it is obvious that the electrics are in a hazardous state.

This should include a non invasive (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection and examination of open or exposed parts of the wiring or fusebox and other possible problems relating to things like examining the nature of the electrical fittings in bath or shower rooms or checking the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings. Looking at any documentation from the most recent PIR handled by an electrician should usually be part of the survey in Oxford.

The IEE suggest that an electrical system check need be completed at least every 10 years (5 if renting out).

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Does a qualified surveyor report on the state of repair of the gas installations?

Your RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually check out any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will mean gas related areas such as the condition of the meter as part of the Oxford survey, as well as gas related fixtures such as the condition of gas piping in loft spaces. If there are any fittings they won't actually be taken off. Needless to say, gas can be unsafe, should you have any worries relating to gas installations, call a gas safe engineer.

Oxfordshire based local firms include Oxford Gas Maintenance of 25, Eastern Avenue, Oxford, Oxfordshire Tel. 07930 551777 and Angus Gardner-Morrison of 23 Meadow View Road, Kennington, Oxford Tel. 07889 546994.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes

Oxford Homebuyer Reports a RICS qualified surveyor valuation and a "reinstatement cost" as part of the survey. To work out the market value your chartered surveyor will factor in local Oxford market factors as well as other factors relating to the property e.g. square metres The RICS surveyor will also consider style of architecture and will use key assumptions, for example the property is connected to mains services such as gas.

A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. It will also be assumed that there are no major legal problems like the property being sold with vacant possession. Advice should be sought from your conveyancing solicitor.

Additional local Oxford area conjectures, like the property being insurable, are made in addition to local environmental concerns like railways, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Oxford and which is cheaper?

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

If the Oxford property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap, but it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Oxford property's condition in addition to more detailed advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not obtain an instant Oxford Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Shocking Electrics

When we were shown the mid-century home we intend to buy we noticed that there is an old fuse board , does a Oxford Homebuyer Report give details on on the electrics?

When performing a Home Survey in Oxford a qualified surveyor will typically make a note on the overall electrical system if it is obvious that the electrics are in a hazardous state.

This should include a non invasive (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection and examination of open or exposed parts of the wiring or fusebox and other possible problems relating to things like examining the nature of the electrical fittings in bath or shower rooms or checking the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings. Looking at any documentation from the most recent PIR handled by an electrician should usually be part of the survey in Oxford.



The IEE suggest that an electrical system check need be completed at least every 10 years (5 if renting out).

Gas flame

Does a qualified surveyor report on the state of repair of the gas installations?

Your RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually check out any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This will mean gas related areas such as the condition of the meter as part of the Oxford survey, as well as gas related fixtures such as the condition of gas piping in loft spaces. If there are any fittings they won't actually be taken off. Needless to say, gas can be unsafe, should you have any worries relating to gas installations, call a gas safe engineer.

Oxfordshire based local firms include Oxford Gas Maintenance of 25, Eastern Avenue, Oxford, Oxfordshire Tel. 07930 551777 and Angus Gardner-Morrison of 23 Meadow View Road, Kennington, Oxford Tel. 07889 546994.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes

Oxford Homebuyer Reports a RICS qualified surveyor valuation and a "reinstatement cost" as part of the survey. To work out the market value your chartered surveyor will factor in local Oxford market factors as well as other factors relating to the property e.g. square metres The RICS surveyor will also consider style of architecture and will use key assumptions, for example the property is connected to mains services such as gas.

A Building survey won't include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. It will also be assumed that there are no major legal problems like the property being sold with vacant possession. Advice should be sought from your conveyancing solicitor.

Additional local Oxford area conjectures, like the property being insurable, are made in addition to local environmental concerns like railways, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

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Recent Oxford Surveyor Reports

  • Rotten window frames requiring repair

    By Stewart Sherman November 7th, 2012

    The windows and doors of this property are all of timber framed double glazed construction. Although relatively recent installation (est 10 years old), the majority of both windows and doors showed obvious rot to the timber frames (see photo for example).  The frames of the doors...