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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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What HomeBuyers Survey should I select for my prospective property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Sawtry

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice when you are buying a property constructed from conventional building materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Sawtry

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Sawtry) is also carried out by a RICS accredited surveyor but is more exhaustive. Choose this survey for unconventional such as mundic buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Sawtry

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This is often chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Sawtry and which would be cheaper?

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

If the Sawtry property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Sawtry property's state of repair and it includes information on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Sawtry Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Stone block wall damage

Can Darley Dale stone-built property be a challenge. Which factors should we consider?

Britain's range of geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Orton Scar Limestone to Peakmoor Sandstone. Issues including delaminated render affect many stone-walled Sawtry property. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in Sawtry are regular and irregular.

Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar, which may be need of upkeep. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The estate agent mentioned that the had been issues with a leak - What should we look for?

This is frequently addressed by building surveyors. Many properties could feature damage to the roof. From collar ties to slates, the whole roof should be investigated, and any defects addressed as soon as possible.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. Once the surveyor has delivered their report, consider arranging a quote from a roofing contractor in Sawtry for the job itself.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a flat in Sawtry and noticed wall cracks in the sitting room, could this be evidence of subsidence? What can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. Recently built homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property. Additionally, most homes in Sawtry are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

In regions with a high concentration of clay soil, a long period of dry weather will cause the moisture level of the soil to fall. This dries out and shrinks the clay, pulling on the homes foundations and causing movement. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a house in Sawtry and which would be cheaper?

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

If the Sawtry property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Sawtry property's state of repair and it includes information on defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Sawtry Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Stone block wall damage

Can Darley Dale stone-built property be a challenge. Which factors should we consider?

Britain's range of geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Orton Scar Limestone to Peakmoor Sandstone. Issues including delaminated render affect many stone-walled Sawtry property. The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction found in Sawtry are regular and irregular.

Dry stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries, but is rarely employed for inhabited structures. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar, which may be need of upkeep. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.



Roof defects identified during a survey

The estate agent mentioned that the had been issues with a leak - What should we look for?

This is frequently addressed by building surveyors. Many properties could feature damage to the roof. From collar ties to slates, the whole roof should be investigated, and any defects addressed as soon as possible.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. Once the surveyor has delivered their report, consider arranging a quote from a roofing contractor in Sawtry for the job itself.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a flat in Sawtry and noticed wall cracks in the sitting room, could this be evidence of subsidence? What can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. Recently built homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property. Additionally, most homes in Sawtry are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

In regions with a high concentration of clay soil, a long period of dry weather will cause the moisture level of the soil to fall. This dries out and shrinks the clay, pulling on the homes foundations and causing movement. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. 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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