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Valuation
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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 Home Survey is the best choice for my prospective property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Somerton

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice if planning to purchase a home built from conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Somerton

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Somerton) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor and is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional such as box frame construction or older properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Somerton

    This is an independent valuation . This report is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Somerton and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same.

If the Somerton property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Somerton property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant Somerton House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Somerton? What should we expect a House Survey to include, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding, with shrinking of clay soil and soil swelling being relatively common. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar, such as cracks along the drawing room ceiling. Steps like monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Damp in the attic has created issues for us in the past. What should we be concerned about during the survey work?

This is frequently addressed by chartered surveyors. Many homes can often hide roof maintenance problems. From valley gutters to sheathing, the roof structure as a whole must be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Somerton, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the chartered surveyors will look for a range of signs, including a poor asphalt covering.

Costly quotes for roofing jobs (such as repairing a bowing truss) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a builder in Somerton a quote for any suggested work.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

Can we get Flemish bond upkeep guidance for the Tudor house we're buying? Is brick more susceptible to the weather?

Somerton converted property with brick walls can suffer from a range of defects. This could be anything from spalling to DPC failure. For instance, patchwork cracks caused by tie failure. This cracking may only be visible internally, and is accompanied by an irregular wall surface and should be taken very seriously. Contact several local builders for quotes, including Lucas Steve of 44 Victoria Road, Waunarlwydd, Swansea, SA5 4SY on 01792 538950.

E.g. Monk bond, which is similar to Flemish bond, but with two long bricks between every short one, but it is strongly advised that professional advice be sought prior to attempting repairs.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Somerton and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same.

If the Somerton property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Somerton property's general condition in addition to advice on structural defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant Somerton House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Somerton? What should we expect a House Survey to include, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding, with shrinking of clay soil and soil swelling being relatively common. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar, such as cracks along the drawing room ceiling. Steps like monitoring the moisture content of the soil around the foundations, and taking steps to keep the level reasonably stable can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.



Roof defects identified during a survey

Damp in the attic has created issues for us in the past. What should we be concerned about during the survey work?

This is frequently addressed by chartered surveyors. Many homes can often hide roof maintenance problems. From valley gutters to sheathing, the roof structure as a whole must be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Somerton, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the chartered surveyors will look for a range of signs, including a poor asphalt covering.

Costly quotes for roofing jobs (such as repairing a bowing truss) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a builder in Somerton a quote for any suggested work.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

Can we get Flemish bond upkeep guidance for the Tudor house we're buying? Is brick more susceptible to the weather?

Somerton converted property with brick walls can suffer from a range of defects. This could be anything from spalling to DPC failure. For instance, patchwork cracks caused by tie failure. This cracking may only be visible internally, and is accompanied by an irregular wall surface and should be taken very seriously. Contact several local builders for quotes, including Lucas Steve of 44 Victoria Road, Waunarlwydd, Swansea, SA5 4SY on 01792 538950.

E.g. Monk bond, which is similar to Flemish bond, but with two long bricks between every short one, but it is strongly advised that professional advice be sought prior to attempting repairs.

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