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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 Home Survey do I need for my home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in St Albans

    The Homebuyer Report should be selected if purchasing a home built from standard materials i.e. tile & brick, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in St Albans

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in St Albans) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this survey for non standard property such as cellared houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in St Albans

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in St Albans and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the St Albans property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give a thorough analysis of the St Albans property's state of repair and it includes advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant St Albans Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

Can York stone-built property be a challenge. What potential issues should we be aware of, and what will the survey reveal?

Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Naylor Hill Sandstone to Rockingstone Sandstone. The problems which can plague poorly maintained stone vary considerably. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to houses in St Albans, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used around doors and window frames. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Asbestos roof tiles

There may be a danger of asbestos boilers concealed in the home. What is asbestos and does the St Albans HomeBuyer Report go into it?

Asbestos is a deleterious silicate material. Some types are found in the building materials including artex. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent heat resistance qualities and it may be found in the home appliances. Technically all forms are carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer or fibrosis if inhaled over sustained periods.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to remove asbestos. Professional advice should be sought ASAP. Never attempt to remove it yourself. Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. Surveyors will mention possible asbestos and will offer advice.

House Prices

There is a detached property in the centre of AL1 - St Albans priced at £485, 852. What will the St Albans RICS chartered surveyor consider when valuing house prices in St Albans on a home buyers survey ?

There are many factors that can add to or subtract from house prices, for example the state of the roof or the internal layout. One method is to set against prices achieved in the area for similar properties.

The average house price registered at the Land Registry between July and October in 2012 was £473, 452, which is £12, 400 less than the selling price (£398, 965 was the blended house/flat average). Kingsbury House, Branch Road, St Albans, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SX a detached home sold for £1, 040, 000 .

An impartial way to get an independent house valued is to commission a Homebuyer Report which includes a formal valuation by default. Your local surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 2011).

The chartered surveyor should actually visit the house in addition to considering any other things that might affect property values.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in St Albans and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same survey.

If the St Albans property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give a thorough analysis of the St Albans property's state of repair and it includes advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not get an instant St Albans Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

Can York stone-built property be a challenge. What potential issues should we be aware of, and what will the survey reveal?

Britain's varied geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Naylor Hill Sandstone to Rockingstone Sandstone. The problems which can plague poorly maintained stone vary considerably. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to houses in St Albans, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used around doors and window frames. You can ask the surveyor carrying out the survey for specific advice, but common maintenance suggestions include repointing mortar with a suitable material.



Asbestos roof tiles

There may be a danger of asbestos boilers concealed in the home. What is asbestos and does the St Albans HomeBuyer Report go into it?

Asbestos is a deleterious silicate material. Some types are found in the building materials including artex. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent heat resistance qualities and it may be found in the home appliances. Technically all forms are carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer or fibrosis if inhaled over sustained periods.

Should you find asbestos, you should be careful not to remove asbestos. Professional advice should be sought ASAP. Never attempt to remove it yourself. Surveyors will not confirm the existence asbestos on a survey. Surveyors will mention possible asbestos and will offer advice.

House Prices

There is a detached property in the centre of AL1 - St Albans priced at £485, 852. What will the St Albans RICS chartered surveyor consider when valuing house prices in St Albans on a home buyers survey ?

There are many factors that can add to or subtract from house prices, for example the state of the roof or the internal layout. One method is to set against prices achieved in the area for similar properties.

The average house price registered at the Land Registry between July and October in 2012 was £473, 452, which is £12, 400 less than the selling price (£398, 965 was the blended house/flat average). Kingsbury House, Branch Road, St Albans, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4SX a detached home sold for £1, 040, 000 .

An impartial way to get an independent house valued is to commission a Homebuyer Report which includes a formal valuation by default. Your local surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 2011).

The chartered surveyor should actually visit the house in addition to considering any other things that might affect property values.

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Recent St Albans Surveyor Reports

  • Driveway slope creates damp problems

    By Stewart Heasman November 14th, 2012

    The living room of this property was suffering extensive damp and water damage below a bay window at the front of the house. The main cause of this moisture build-up appeared to be the construction of an uneven paved area, used as a drive. The drive sloped downwards toward the front wall of...

  • Rising Damp Ruins Bathroom

    By Scott Oke November 7th, 2012

    This property, located near St Albans's town centre, suffered from Rising Damp [1] throughout the ground floor, with evidence of further damp affecting timbers in the loft space. Evidence of penetrating damp was particularly clear in the... [1] https://www.surveyorlocal.co.uk/glossary/rising-damp