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We work with RICS qualified surveyors around the country who offer high quality property surveys at a great price. Surveyor Local gives you piece of mind about your future property, and offers RICS HomeBuyer Reports, Building Surveys and Property Valuations.

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On the next page, you will see quotes for a Building or HomeBuyer Survey, along with a Property Valuation.

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A Building or HomeBuyer Survey helps buyers make more informed decisions.

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Surveys can help buyers avoid costly repairs and negotiate a better purchase price.

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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 Survey is right for my house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in West Smithfield

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if purchasing a property made of standard materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in West Smithfield

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in West Smithfield) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor and is more detailed. Select this for unconventional such as stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in West Smithfield

    This is an independent valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in West Smithfield and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the West Smithfield property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey instead. This survey is less cheap, but it does provide you with comprehensive details of the West Smithfield property's condition along with information on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt get an instant West Smithfield House Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When I visited a sixties house I expect to buy I saw that there is an old fuse board ; will the surveyor report on the wiring and electrical system?

When performing a West Smithfield Home Survey a surveyor should remark on the overall electrical system if it is apparent that the electrics are in a dangerous condition. A Chartered surveyor is trained to provide detail on issues like verifying the condition of any fixed appliances, for example storage heaters or reporting on the condition of any visible wiring a representative sample of the range of light fittings and switch gear. Inspecting any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by an electrician should form part of the survey in West Smithfield.

The IEE advocate a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) be completed at least every 10 years (5 if renting out).

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

If we are purchasing in West Smithfield, what suggestions can you make for a 40s house built with English bond walls?

Brick-built West Smithfield structures demonstrate several benefits. Unfortunately, they also be subject to a number of issues. Your house surveyor should report on these, with solutions or likely results if they are not resolved. One serious matter is brick rot, resulting from decades of exposure to condensation or damp at ground level. Contact several local builders for quotes, including M A Brickwork of 13 Russet Way, Melbourn, Royston, SG8 6HF on 01763 230462.

Examples of decorative or unusual usage of brick include alternating courses of brick and stone, e.g. flint. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A house we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Will a HomeBuyer Report look into this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including moisture changes in the soil. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a property. For example, separation of the skirting board from the floor may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. Steps like immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. Parcels of sodden soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in West Smithfield and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the West Smithfield property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey instead. This survey is less cheap, but it does provide you with comprehensive details of the West Smithfield property's condition along with information on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt get an instant West Smithfield House Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Shocking Electrics

When I visited a sixties house I expect to buy I saw that there is an old fuse board ; will the surveyor report on the wiring and electrical system?

When performing a West Smithfield Home Survey a surveyor should remark on the overall electrical system if it is apparent that the electrics are in a dangerous condition. A Chartered surveyor is trained to provide detail on issues like verifying the condition of any fixed appliances, for example storage heaters or reporting on the condition of any visible wiring a representative sample of the range of light fittings and switch gear. Inspecting any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by an electrician should form part of the survey in West Smithfield.

The IEE advocate a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) be completed at least every 10 years (5 if renting out).



External brick wall issue identified during property survey

If we are purchasing in West Smithfield, what suggestions can you make for a 40s house built with English bond walls?

Brick-built West Smithfield structures demonstrate several benefits. Unfortunately, they also be subject to a number of issues. Your house surveyor should report on these, with solutions or likely results if they are not resolved. One serious matter is brick rot, resulting from decades of exposure to condensation or damp at ground level. Contact several local builders for quotes, including M A Brickwork of 13 Russet Way, Melbourn, Royston, SG8 6HF on 01763 230462.

Examples of decorative or unusual usage of brick include alternating courses of brick and stone, e.g. flint. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

A house we intend to buy is built on clay soil. Will a HomeBuyer Report look into this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including moisture changes in the soil. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a property. For example, separation of the skirting board from the floor may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. Steps like immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. Parcels of sodden soil can just as easily warp foundations, so care must be taken to ensure the overall moisture level of the clay soil around the foundations stays consistent.

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