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Valuation
Property
Valuation
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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 should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Oxfordshire

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when purchasing a property constructed from conventional building materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Oxfordshire

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Oxfordshire) is also carried out by a RICS qualified surveyor but is more thorough. Select this when buying a non standard e.g. architecturally unusual properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Oxfordshire

    This is an impartial valuation . It is often chosen by cash buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Oxfordshire and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Oxfordshire property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Oxfordshire property's general condition along with advice on defects and maintenance options .

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

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled conversion. Which matters should we consider? Does the surveyor give advice on this?

If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by factors including delaminated render. Buyers should also be aware that the potential severity of issues like delaminated render will vary with the particular type of stone.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as

repointing mortar with a suitable material. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.

Damaged Render

What will my Chartered Surveyor look for on a smooth stucco Victorian semi detached home in Oxfordshire that I intend to purchase.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is actually just a specific type of render. Usually it is layered over brick that dries to a smooth and even finish. The effect is highly aesthetic and is found on Victorian and Georgian homes for example. It may contain lime in it as well as a plastic under mesh to stop cracks. it can be problematic and Surveyors sometimes highlight issues such as trapped water resulting in damp problems needing repair. Other potential problems might include sulphate attack from sulphates or salts derived from wet underlying brickwork. Fixing Stucco problems can be difficult as the skills are getting more difficult to find.

English Heritage

We are buying a property close to Abingdon Abbey (Remains Of) , will this affect the property's value?

Abingdon Abbey (Remains Of) is a scheduled monument considered to be of national importance. Monuments of local importance will usually increase the desirability of an area. Other nearby monuments of importance include Barton (Remains Of), Bix Old Church and Castle Mound At Fitzharris.. Your RICS surveyor will consider many local and regional factors during the home buyers survey in Oxfordshire. Visit the English Heritage website for more details on Abingdon Abbey (Remains Of).

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Oxfordshire and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Oxfordshire property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Oxfordshire property's general condition along with advice on defects and maintenance options .

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

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled conversion. Which matters should we consider? Does the surveyor give advice on this?

If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by factors including delaminated render. Buyers should also be aware that the potential severity of issues like delaminated render will vary with the particular type of stone.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregularly built walls as stones are less likely to come loose or the mortar to decay. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as



repointing mortar with a suitable material. Stone walls can also be problematic for buyers interested in extending or altering their new home, as matching stone may be hard or costly to source.

Damaged Render

What will my Chartered Surveyor look for on a smooth stucco Victorian semi detached home in Oxfordshire that I intend to purchase.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is actually just a specific type of render. Usually it is layered over brick that dries to a smooth and even finish. The effect is highly aesthetic and is found on Victorian and Georgian homes for example. It may contain lime in it as well as a plastic under mesh to stop cracks. it can be problematic and Surveyors sometimes highlight issues such as trapped water resulting in damp problems needing repair. Other potential problems might include sulphate attack from sulphates or salts derived from wet underlying brickwork. Fixing Stucco problems can be difficult as the skills are getting more difficult to find.

English Heritage

We are buying a property close to Abingdon Abbey (Remains Of) , will this affect the property's value?

Abingdon Abbey (Remains Of) is a scheduled monument considered to be of national importance. Monuments of local importance will usually increase the desirability of an area. Other nearby monuments of importance include Barton (Remains Of), Bix Old Church and Castle Mound At Fitzharris.. Your RICS surveyor will consider many local and regional factors during the home buyers survey in Oxfordshire. Visit the English Heritage website for more details on Abingdon Abbey (Remains Of).

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  • 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...