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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 Building Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Watford

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected if buying a property built from conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Watford

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Watford) is also conducted by a RICS qualified surveyor and is more exhaustive. Select this for an unconventional property, for example stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Watford

    This is an impartial valuation . This is chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Watford and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Watford property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Watford property's general condition as well as information on defects and maintenance options .

For more information get a Watford Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a property built in the late 30s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be the source of maintenance problems? Can my Watford Home Survey investigate this?

Clay soil can create numerous issues for property owners. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. In Watford's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself., such as separation of the skirting board from the floor. 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. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Traditionally built property

I am buying an older farmstead in Watford. Will the house's age be a problem?

Use of traditional methods can occasionally give buyers second thoughts. Properties built using traditional methods can be costly to repair. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Traditional building materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of property in a conservation area. This may be a good opportunity to discuss lowering the purchase price to cover repair costs. Mention this to your Watford surveyor for more information.

Shocking Electrics

When I saw the mid-century home I am planning to move into it appeared that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses, will a Watford Homebuyer Report write anything on the general state of the electrical system?

When carrying out a Watford Building Survey a RICS surveyor will typically comment on the electrics if it is apparent that they are in an unsafe state.

This will include a general check of exposed sections of the wiring or fusebox on top of potential areas for concern such as confirming the state of the fixed appliances like heaters. Inspecting any evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring handled by a suitably qualified electrician will usually form part of the survey in Watford. Verifying the location of the documents from any recent PIR handled by an electrician will form part of the survey in Watford .

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Watford and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Watford property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Watford property's general condition as well as information on defects and maintenance options .

For more information get a Watford Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a property built in the late 30s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be the source of maintenance problems? Can my Watford Home Survey investigate this?

Clay soil can create numerous issues for property owners. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. In Watford's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself., such as separation of the skirting board from the floor. 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. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Traditionally built property

I am buying an older farmstead in Watford. Will the house's age be a problem?

Use of traditional methods can occasionally give buyers second thoughts. Properties built using traditional methods can be costly to repair. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Traditional building materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of property in a conservation area. This may be a good opportunity to discuss lowering the purchase price to cover repair costs. Mention this to your Watford surveyor for more information.

Shocking Electrics

When I saw the mid-century home I am planning to move into it appeared that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses, will a Watford Homebuyer Report write anything on the general state of the electrical system?

When carrying out a Watford Building Survey a RICS surveyor will typically comment on the electrics if it is apparent that they are in an unsafe state.

This will include a general check of exposed sections of the wiring or fusebox on top of potential areas for concern such as confirming the state of the fixed appliances like heaters. Inspecting any evidence of a test on the condition of the electrical wiring handled by a suitably qualified electrician will usually form part of the survey in Watford. Verifying the location of the documents from any recent PIR handled by an electrician will form part of the survey in Watford .

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