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Surveys & Valuations

RICS Homebuyers and RICS Building surveys as well as residential valuations...

Residential Valuations

We carry out all types of residential valuations for a variety of clients, whether it be for homebuyers, homeowners, solicitors, individuals, housing associations, corporate clients or developers.

Residential Valuations are usually undertaken for people buying a property, to provide a professional opinion of current market value so you can decide if you wish to purchase a property at the agreed purchase price. This can be a stand-alone valuation or could be part of a more detailed survey such as the RICS Homebuyers Report or RICS Building Survey.

There are many other reasons why you made need a Residential Valuation. It could be for matrimonial purposes, a lease extension, building insurance, re-instatement cost, taxation, probate purposes, investment, auction acquisitions, shared equity, audits, Right to Buy, stair-casing, freehold acquisition and so the list goes on.

If you would like a quote and you are not sure what type of valuation you need or on what basis, call us and speak to one of our surveyors, if we can help we will.

All our residential valuations are carried out by RICS registered valuers.

We offer three main types of survey:

  1. The RICS Homebuyer Report
  2. The RICS Building survey
  3. A Specific Survey

The RICS Homebuyer Report is specifically designed for home buyers buying a conventional house, flat or bungalow which was built from the late Victorian period (late 1800’s) onwards and is in reasonable condition. It provides details of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property and/or details on defects that are considered serious enough to require repair or further investigation. The report also includes a valuation and an insurance reinstatement figure for the property.

The RICS Homebuyer Report will help you to make an informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying the property, what is a reasonable price to pay for the property and to consider what further advice you should take before committing to purchase the property.

The report is usually completed within 5 working days of the inspection, is approximately 20 pages in length and is laid out and designed in a reader friendly, standardised format.

The report provides far more detail on the property than a mortgage valuation but is not as in-depth as an RICS Building Survey.

The RICS Homebuyer Report is always carried out by an RICS registered valuer.

We are very happy to provide further, more detailed information including e-mailing survey information sheets and even a sample report if required.

Additional information can be found on the RICS website – visit www.rics.org/homesurveys

The next level of survey we offer is an RICS Building Survey (formally called a structural survey) which gives you everything that would be in the RICS Homebuyer Report (except a valuation, either for market value or re-instatement purposes although either/or can be a paid for as an add-on if required). It costs more than the RICS Homebuyer Report because it gives more detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property and more comprehensive information on defects and likely repairs. As we are such nice people we also include annotated colour photographs, providing more detail.

The RICS Building Survey is usually carried out on large, older or run down properties and/or on a building which is unusual or has had significant alterations or if you are planning major works.

The RICS Building Survey is always carried out by an RICS Registered Valuer in case you require a valuation as an add-on service.

The report is usually completed within 7 working days of the inspection. The length of the report is dependent on how many nasty things we find but is still designed in a reader friendly, standardised format.

We are very happy to provide further, more detailed information including e-mailing survey information sheets and even a sample report if required.

Additional information can be found on the RICS website – visit www.rics.org/homesurveys

This depends on you, tell us what you want or need or don’t know what you want or need and we’ll advise you as best we can.

If you need a survey that concentrates on a particular element or issue, a targeted report telling you what the likely cause of the problem is and recommendations to resolve the problem we’ll help if we can.

We inspect more damp and condensation problems than all the other problems put together!

For your information – we don’t offer the RICS Condition Reportwe don’t like it! – It’s too basic and tends to only be recommended by individual surveyors who are not RICS Registered Valuers (so they don’t have to pay those horrid valuation insurance premiums like us!).

+ 1. The RICS Homebuyer Report

The RICS Homebuyer Report is specifically designed for home buyers buying a conventional house, flat or bungalow which was built from the late Victorian period (late 1800’s) onwards and is in reasonable condition. It provides details of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property and/or details on defects that are considered serious enough to require repair or further investigation. The report also includes a valuation and an insurance reinstatement figure for the property.

The RICS Homebuyer Report will help you to make an informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying the property, what is a reasonable price to pay for the property and to consider what further advice you should take before committing to purchase the property.

The report is usually completed within 5 working days of the inspection, is approximately 20 pages in length and is laid out and designed in a reader friendly, standardised format.

The report provides far more detail on the property than a mortgage valuation but is not as in-depth as an RICS Building Survey.

The RICS Homebuyer Report is always carried out by an RICS registered valuer.

We are very happy to provide further, more detailed information including e-mailing survey information sheets and even a sample report if required.

Additional information can be found on the RICS website – visit www.rics.org/homesurveys

+ 2. The RICS Building survey

The next level of survey we offer is an RICS Building Survey (formally called a structural survey) which gives you everything that would be in the RICS Homebuyer Report (except a valuation, either for market value or re-instatement purposes although either/or can be a paid for as an add-on if required). It costs more than the RICS Homebuyer Report because it gives more detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property and more comprehensive information on defects and likely repairs. As we are such nice people we also include annotated colour photographs, providing more detail.

The RICS Building Survey is usually carried out on large, older or run down properties and/or on a building which is unusual or has had significant alterations or if you are planning major works.

The RICS Building Survey is always carried out by an RICS Registered Valuer in case you require a valuation as an add-on service.

The report is usually completed within 7 working days of the inspection. The length of the report is dependent on how many nasty things we find but is still designed in a reader friendly, standardised format.

We are very happy to provide further, more detailed information including e-mailing survey information sheets and even a sample report if required.

Additional information can be found on the RICS website – visit www.rics.org/homesurveys

+ 3. A Specific survey

This depends on you, tell us what you want or need or don’t know what you want or need and we’ll advise you as best we can.

If you need a survey that concentrates on a particular element or issue, a targeted report telling you what the likely cause of the problem is and recommendations to resolve the problem we’ll help if we can.

We inspect more damp and condensation problems than all the other problems put together!

+ The RICS Condition Report?

For your information – we don’t offer the RICS Condition Reportwe don’t like it! – It’s too basic and tends to only be recommended by individual surveyors who are not RICS Registered Valuers (so they don’t have to pay those horrid valuation insurance premiums like us!).