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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 property survey is the correct choice for my planned house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Somersham

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen if planning to purchase a home made of standard materials i.e. brick and tile, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Somersham

    The Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Somersham) will also be conducted by a RICS chartered surveyor but is more detailed. Select this for an unconventional property, for example mundic houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Somersham

    This is an impartial valuation . This is often chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Somersham and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Somersham property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make alterations on the property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Somersham property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get a Somersham Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Landfill site near home

What should we be concerned about if buying a building near to a refuse tip

Landfill Sites take many forms e.g. inert waste disposal. Understandably, no one ideally wants to live near one (4/5 people live near one). Concerns might include heavy metals. Health problems such as gut problems have been associated to landfill sites .

Surveys in Somersham will flag up structural problems linked to the landfill. Your legal representative will commission environmental searches of the Environmental Agency database in addition to East Cambridgeshire Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

What recommendations will you make for a property built with Sussex bond brick?

Brick-built apartments do benefit from many advantages, but they will also be subject to considerable issues. These can include moisture damage or spalling. Such defects will be discussed in the report.

A defect often found is rapidly deteriorating cement mortar, caused by sulphate attack. This may require outright demolition of the wall, if discovered.

To arrange a quote for repairs, contact a local specialist, e.g. Britton Alexander A at 46 Woodmans Close, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, BS37 6DH on 01454 317754.

A number of styles of brick building have been used for centuries. Maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costly than you assume.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have been told that subsidence in Somersham might be an issue. What can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be repaired.

Soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that sitting flat and could then become unsteady and begin to slide downward. 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 soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. 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 choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in Somersham and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Somersham property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make alterations on the property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Somersham property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get a Somersham Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Landfill site near home

What should we be concerned about if buying a building near to a refuse tip

Landfill Sites take many forms e.g. inert waste disposal. Understandably, no one ideally wants to live near one (4/5 people live near one). Concerns might include heavy metals. Health problems such as gut problems have been associated to landfill sites .

Surveys in Somersham will flag up structural problems linked to the landfill. Your legal representative will commission environmental searches of the Environmental Agency database in addition to East Cambridgeshire Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .



External brick wall issue identified during property survey

What recommendations will you make for a property built with Sussex bond brick?

Brick-built apartments do benefit from many advantages, but they will also be subject to considerable issues. These can include moisture damage or spalling. Such defects will be discussed in the report.

A defect often found is rapidly deteriorating cement mortar, caused by sulphate attack. This may require outright demolition of the wall, if discovered.

To arrange a quote for repairs, contact a local specialist, e.g. Britton Alexander A at 46 Woodmans Close, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, BS37 6DH on 01454 317754.

A number of styles of brick building have been used for centuries. Maintenance work may be more time-consuming and costly than you assume.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have been told that subsidence in Somersham might be an issue. What can be done to resolve subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In the majority of cases, subsidence can be repaired.

Soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that sitting flat and could then become unsteady and begin to slide downward. 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 soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Oak and elm trees must be located well away from the property, at least 30m. 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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