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  Mortgage Valuation
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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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Do you need a Building Survey? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Pitstone

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected if planning to buy a home built from standard materials i.e. tile and brick, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Pitstone

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Pitstone) is also carried out by a RICS qualified surveyor but is more detailed. Choose this option when buying a non standard , for example thatched roof homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Pitstone

    This is an impartial valuation . It is typically chosen by cash buyers or someone 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 on a property in Pitstone and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Pitstone property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make major works, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will offer comprehensive details of the Pitstone property's general condition along with more detailed advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Pitstone House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The brick on this Victorian property is in poor condition - what should we do? Does the age of the property matter?

Pitstone conversions with brick walls can be subject to distinct issues, such as defective mortar. An especially severe issue is diagonal cracks which widen as they move upwards. These may result from ground movement, or where a timber element of the wall has rotted away. Prestige Brickwork & Scaffolding may be able to give a quote for any maintenance work. Contact them at 01933 413521 or Unit 4 Sanders Lodge Ind Est, Rushden, NN10 6BQ.

For home purchasers in Pitstone seeking a rare example of brick architecture, look for unusual course styles like English garden wall bond is often a mix of Flemish and Monk bonds.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are purchasing a property in Pitstone, does the home surveyor search for flooding damage?

The impact of flooding, both in the region of Pitstone and nationwide, is a serious concern for property owners, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the house in question is in danger.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a Pitstone home, such as via landscaping or paved areas sloping towards the property. An awareness of characteristics of the Pitstone area likely to affect the Pitstone home also enables the home surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The home surveyor will usually recommend that the home buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a 1961-built flat in Pitstone and saw evidence of cracks along the sitting room ceiling. What subsidence-related defects will my house survey consider?

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 under the home's own weight. Most homes in Pitstone are erected with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Superficial cracks not caused by subsidence can be repaired with filler and repainted. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, potentially as a result of poor construction. The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Pitstone and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Pitstone property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make major works, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will offer comprehensive details of the Pitstone property's general condition along with more detailed advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Pitstone House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The brick on this Victorian property is in poor condition - what should we do? Does the age of the property matter?

Pitstone conversions with brick walls can be subject to distinct issues, such as defective mortar. An especially severe issue is diagonal cracks which widen as they move upwards. These may result from ground movement, or where a timber element of the wall has rotted away. Prestige Brickwork & Scaffolding may be able to give a quote for any maintenance work. Contact them at 01933 413521 or Unit 4 Sanders Lodge Ind Est, Rushden, NN10 6BQ.

For home purchasers in Pitstone seeking a rare example of brick architecture, look for unusual course styles like English garden wall bond is often a mix of Flemish and Monk bonds.



Damage resulting from flooding

We are purchasing a property in Pitstone, does the home surveyor search for flooding damage?

The impact of flooding, both in the region of Pitstone and nationwide, is a serious concern for property owners, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the house in question is in danger.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a Pitstone home, such as via landscaping or paved areas sloping towards the property. An awareness of characteristics of the Pitstone area likely to affect the Pitstone home also enables the home surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The home surveyor will usually recommend that the home buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a 1961-built flat in Pitstone and saw evidence of cracks along the sitting room ceiling. What subsidence-related defects will my house survey consider?

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 under the home's own weight. Most homes in Pitstone are erected with a variety of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Superficial cracks not caused by subsidence can be repaired with filler and repainted. A severe change in humidity or ambient temperature can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, potentially as a result of poor construction. The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

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