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We work with RICS qualified surveyors around the country who offer high quality property surveys at a great price. Surveyor Local gives you piece of mind about your future property, and offers RICS HomeBuyer Reports, Building Surveys and Property Valuations.

The surveyor who produces your report will be local to you with local knowledge of the area.

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  • Thorough and accurate report
  • Clear traffic-light ratings for all aspects of the property
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On the next page, you will see quotes for a Building or HomeBuyer Survey, along with a Property Valuation.

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A Building or HomeBuyer Survey helps buyers make more informed decisions.

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The content of survey reports will vary considerably due to factors including the age, type, location and condition of the property, and materials used in its construction.

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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 Buyers Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Shefford

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

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Shefford

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Shefford) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this survey for unconventional , for example timber wall properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Shefford

    This is an impartial valuation . It is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Shefford and of the 3, which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same survey.

If the Shefford property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any significant alterations, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Shefford property's general condition as well as information on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Shefford Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a 1985-built home in Shefford and noticed that there is a 21mm crack above the windows in the dining room. What possible solutions are to available to fix this?

Subsidence is movement in a structure's foundations. In most cases, subsidence can be resolved quite easily.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the outside walls, or the widening of existing cracks, may indicate subsidence. In severe conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.This need not be expensive.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. 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. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Damaged Render

What will a Shefford Surveyor be focused on, on a smooth stucco Victorian house in Shefford that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is really dense render. Normally it is applied to underlying red brick hardens to a smooth stone like surface. Stucco is highly beautiful and is was often applied to Victorian and Georgian properties for example. Expert tradesmen who work with it say it is almost exactly the same as plaster and mortar in its nature. It may contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it in addition to a wire under mesh. to stop cracks. it can be problematic and Surveyors commonly discover any number of problems for example, when stucco is exposed to on-going weathering and rain which gets saturated and thus prone to frost damage.

Another example of problems may result from the difficulty in discovering damp underneath. Re-covering Stucco problems can be difficult as craftsmen are becoming more difficult to find.

Shocking Electrics

When we went to see the mid-century home we want to purchase, it looked like there were damaged electrical sockets, will a surveyor go into detail on any faults with the electrics?

During a Shefford Building Survey the RICS surveyor will usually comment on the electrics if it looks like they are in a hazardous condition. This will include a by sight examination of any uncovered parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as potential areas for concern such as the whereabouts of the meter and fuse board or checking the condition of a sample of light fittings. .

Examining the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the building should form part of the survey. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical connections handled by a suitably qualified electrician should form part of the survey.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Shefford and of the 3, which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same survey.

If the Shefford property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any significant alterations, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Shefford property's general condition as well as information on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Shefford Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a 1985-built home in Shefford and noticed that there is a 21mm crack above the windows in the dining room. What possible solutions are to available to fix this?

Subsidence is movement in a structure's foundations. In most cases, subsidence can be resolved quite easily.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the outside walls, or the widening of existing cracks, may indicate subsidence. In severe conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.This need not be expensive.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. 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. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Damaged Render

What will a Shefford Surveyor be focused on, on a smooth stucco Victorian house in Shefford that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is really dense render. Normally it is applied to underlying red brick hardens to a smooth stone like surface. Stucco is highly beautiful and is was often applied to Victorian and Georgian properties for example. Expert tradesmen who work with it say it is almost exactly the same as plaster and mortar in its nature. It may contain lime (which makes it set harder) in it in addition to a wire under mesh. to stop cracks. it can be problematic and Surveyors commonly discover any number of problems for example, when stucco is exposed to on-going weathering and rain which gets saturated and thus prone to frost damage.

Another example of problems may result from the difficulty in discovering damp underneath. Re-covering Stucco problems can be difficult as craftsmen are becoming more difficult to find.

Shocking Electrics

When we went to see the mid-century home we want to purchase, it looked like there were damaged electrical sockets, will a surveyor go into detail on any faults with the electrics?

During a Shefford Building Survey the RICS surveyor will usually comment on the electrics if it looks like they are in a hazardous condition. This will include a by sight examination of any uncovered parts of the wiring, fusebox etc. as well as potential areas for concern such as the whereabouts of the meter and fuse board or checking the condition of a sample of light fittings. .

Examining the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the building should form part of the survey. Ascertaining the whereabouts of any evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical connections handled by a suitably qualified electrician should form part of the survey.

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