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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 select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Swaffham

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if you are buying a home built from standard building materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Swaffham

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Swaffham) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor and is more exhaustive. Select this for an unconventional property, for example a thatched roof property.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Swaffham

    This is a professional valuation of the property. This is usually chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Swaffham and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same.

If the Swaffham property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any significant alterations on the Swaffham property, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give exhaustive analysis of the Swaffham property's state of repair and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Swaffham Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Shocking Electrics

When we went to see the home we are planning to move into we saw that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses; does Swaffham Homebuyer Report give details on on the electrical system?

When performing a Homebuyer Report in Swaffham a RICS surveyor should usually mention the state of the electrics if it is apparent that the electrics are in an unsafe state of repair. This will include a visual examination of the open parts of the wiring or fusebox as well as things, for example verifying the type of any electrical fittings in shower rooms or checking the condition of a representative sample of light fittings.

Verifying the existence of any documents from the most recent PIR carried out by an electrician will usually form part of the survey.

The IEE recommend an electrical check be conducted at least every 10 years (5 if letting out).

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Swaffham properties at risk, and does a HomeBuyer Report check flood damage?

Heavy rain, drains blocked with sewage or soil and burst pipes can cause flood damage. Those planning to buy in affected areas should weigh up their exposure. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the home in question is in danger. In addition, the HomeBuyer Report may outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep.Less expensive preventative measures include the installation of air brick covers. The property surveyor may ask the property owner or occupier if the house has previously flooded. Note that the response to such enquires should not be exclusively relied upon.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Swaffham home and am quite worried that there is a danger of subsidence. What should we expect a Home Buyers Survey to include?

The content of soil around the foundations of a property in Swaffham can have unwanted consequences. Issues range from sub-soil shrinkage to movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content, both of which can put a property's foundations under great strain. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable widening cracks, to complete structural failure.

Taking precautions, such as immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Swaffham and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is basically the same the same.

If the Swaffham property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any significant alterations on the Swaffham property, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give exhaustive analysis of the Swaffham property's state of repair and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Swaffham Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Shocking Electrics

When we went to see the home we are planning to move into we saw that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses; does Swaffham Homebuyer Report give details on on the electrical system?

When performing a Homebuyer Report in Swaffham a RICS surveyor should usually mention the state of the electrics if it is apparent that the electrics are in an unsafe state of repair. This will include a visual examination of the open parts of the wiring or fusebox as well as things, for example verifying the type of any electrical fittings in shower rooms or checking the condition of a representative sample of light fittings.

Verifying the existence of any documents from the most recent PIR carried out by an electrician will usually form part of the survey.



The IEE recommend an electrical check be conducted at least every 10 years (5 if letting out).

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Swaffham properties at risk, and does a HomeBuyer Report check flood damage?

Heavy rain, drains blocked with sewage or soil and burst pipes can cause flood damage. Those planning to buy in affected areas should weigh up their exposure. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the home in question is in danger. In addition, the HomeBuyer Report may outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep.Less expensive preventative measures include the installation of air brick covers. The property surveyor may ask the property owner or occupier if the house has previously flooded. Note that the response to such enquires should not be exclusively relied upon.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Swaffham home and am quite worried that there is a danger of subsidence. What should we expect a Home Buyers Survey to include?

The content of soil around the foundations of a property in Swaffham can have unwanted consequences. Issues range from sub-soil shrinkage to movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content, both of which can put a property's foundations under great strain. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable widening cracks, to complete structural failure.

Taking precautions, such as immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

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