About residential Surveys and Valuations

We have several Surveyors, Building Engineers, and RICS Registered Valuers who are all trained to carry out the various types of condition based reports and valuation services offered by our practice. Michael Holden was formally a member of the RICS product development group for residential surveys. If you are unsure of the product that you require please do not hesitate to contact us and our admin team will be happy to talk you through our range of services to ensure you get the product that is right for you.

Building Surveys

The Building Survey is the most comprehensive Survey (also known as a ‘full structural survey’). This high-level inspection of a building covering defects, maintenance, refurbishment, and adaptations. This product is suitable for older and/or larger properties.

The Building Survey is a detailed report on the condition of a property and is the highest level of residential survey.

The report is bespoke and is normally produced in a word document with a schedule of photographs. Additional input by way of valuation, cost estimates for repairs, design work, briefing documentation, environmental reports, radon gas reports, etc can be provided.

Level 2 Reports

The Level 2 Report is a very popular product. It is aimed at properties that are reasonably modern in appearance and which are also thought to be in a reasonable order internally and externally. It is designed to provide a purchaser with an independent and thorough overview of a property concentrating on significant matters that may typically affect value and to enable them to make an informed decision whether to proceed or not. A surveyor undertaking a Level 2 Report should have the same knowledge of defects/conditions as those taking building surveys. Some client contact is to be expected but not as detailed as with a building survey. It contains a valuation and fire insurance reinstatement figure

Valuations

Our Residential Valuation services are as follows:

Help to buy Valuations

Help to Buy is the current equity loan assistance from the Home and Community Agency to buyers of properties in England and Wales. ‘With a Help to Buy: Equity Loan the Government lends you up to 20% of the cost of your newly built home, so you’ll only need a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest’ (helptobuy.gov).

Mortgage Valuations

When you purchase a property and require a mortgage the lender will commission a mortgage valuation. The mortgage valuation ISN’T a survey. It’s purpose is to advisor the lender of the value of the property and any significant defects which may effect it’s value as security for the proposed loan/mortgage. A mortgage valuation comprises of a concise inspection which typically takes between 30-45 minutes. If any significant defect/s are noted then the surveyor will suggest a retention of a portion of the loan to be released when the work’s done.

Right to buy/Right to acquire Valuations

RTB and RTA schemes are governed by the Housing Act 1985 (Act) and the Housing Act 1996. Qualifying tenants my serve notice on the landlord exercise their right to purchase the property in which they live. We have carried out hundreds of Right to buy/Right to acquire valuations across Lancashire and Merseyside.

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