RICS HomeBuyers (RICS Level 2 Survey)
The RICS HomeBuyer service is a popular report for buyers. It is an economic but detailed report recommended for conventional, newer homes, which are in a reasonable condition. It is less comprehensive than our Building Survey (RICS Level 3 Service). The focus is on assessing the general condition of the main internal and external elements of a property. The report clearly presents all findings in an easy to read format which allows you to make an informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying a property.
We offer two types of RICS HomeBuyers:
- RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey)
- RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation)
Both reports include:
- Description of the condition of each element of the property
- Colour-coded condition ratings
- Comments on defects, additional advice on repairs and maintenance and summary of condition ratings
Both reports do not include:
- Cost of estimates for repairs
- Detailed description of the construction of the building or detailed advice on specific defects
The RICS HomeBuyers (Survey) does not include a Market Valuation.
Building Surveys (RICS Level 3 Survey)
A Building Survey is the most detailed survey we offer. It is particularly suited to older buildings, unusual construction, or those with major extensions or alterations. It is also the best choice where you know there are significant defects that need attention.
The Building Survey report provides details on the materials and methods of construction, advice on defects and the appropriate repair options. Where the HomeBuyer Report is suited to modern properties of standard construction, a Building Survey is specifically designed for properties of virtually any age, style or condition. As a result, the Building Survey report is more detailed than a HomeBuyers (RICS Level 2 Survey).
If you have plans to alter the structure of the property this can often form part of the advice provided. If you plan to make a substantial investment in a property of age or character then this report is an important safeguard.
Purchasers of houses and flats may require simple re-assurance that their intended purchase is free from urgent or significant defect, or they may require a more detailed assessment of its physical condition.
Mortgage Valuation reports, prepared primarily for the lender, are not intended to serve these purposes. Frazers offer a range of survey reports to suit the differing needs of home purchasers and can also prepare RICS valuation reports, for home purchase and other purposes. Valuations can often be incorporated into survey reports.
All of Frazers Valuers are RICS Registered and monitored to ensure a high standard of integrity and professionalism.
Valuations For Shared Ownership Purposes
Frazers have been carrying out valuations for home owners, leaseholders and housing associations for over 25 years.
We are proud of our fully independent high quality service which we believe explains our ongoing involvement in this sector.
We are familiar with owners and association requests with regards to staircasing, resale and equity loan valuations.
We provide unbiased comprehensive RICS compliant valuations supported with comparable evidence of market transactions.
We are included on many housing associations panels and we are a Sector Supplier for the National Housing Federation.
To request and pay for a valuation please click on the VALUATION - Book Online tab in the menu above.
Schedules of Condition
Schedules of Condition are an essential benchmark at the time of taking up a lease on a commercial property, due to the maintenance responsibilities which are commonly placed on a tenant. Under the terms of a lease the tenant will be required to return the building to the landlord in no worse condition than when the lease was taken. The tenant is responsible for repairs, maintenance and even replacing parts of the building, fixtures or fittings.
Sometimes the tenant is required to improve the condition of the property during the course of the lease. A Schedule of Condition details the condition of the building and is always accompanied by a set of photographs.
Frazers can provide a Schedule of Condition both at the start and at the termination of the lease. The report will provide an accurate summary of the condition of the property together with any defects prior to occupation.
Professional Witness Reports
An Expert Witness is a witness, who by virtue of education, training, skill, or experience, is believed to have expertise and specialised knowledge in a particular subject beyond that of the average person, sufficient that others may officially and legally rely upon the witness’s specialised opinion.
Expert Witness are appointed by the courts during construction disputes to give an expert opinion and may also deliver expert evidence about facts from the particular case.
Chartered Building Surveyors like Frazers are therefore often employed as an ‘expert witness’ to offer opinion on issues in court, drawing from their own knowledge, training and experience.
Specialist Property Finding
In February 2008 Frazers formally expanded to provide a dedicated Property Finding service. The department specialise in identifying, negotiating and acquiring properties for clients with specific needs and disabilities, often as a result of accident or injury. As a firm of Chartered Surveyors we combine extensive knowledge of geographical locations and urban dynamics across the UK with Valuation and Survey experience.
Why use Frazers Property Finders?
- RICS accredited
- Extensive knowledge of geographical locations and urban dynamics
- Over 30 years Valuation and Surveying experience, acting on behalf of Clients with disabilities and specific requirements.
- Time & energy is saved - we deal with identifying and filtering of properties, negotiation and monitoring of the acquisition.
- Greater success rate - our professional knowledge and experience increases efficiency when identifying suitable areas and highlighting properties.
- Money saved - time and professional fees spent on unsuitable properties is avoided.
"I have been finding and securing properties for clients with specific requirements for over 10 years. I understand that having the right home following an accident or change in circumstances is fundamental and that without it, your life can feel like it's on hold. Having helped locate and acquire both rental and purchase properties for numerous clients over the years, I am confident that finding the right property is achievable and I welcome the challenge."Naomi Gould AssocRICS - Property Finder & RICS Registered Valuer