Ryedales provide professional services to most leading lending sources; property developers; local authority; land owners; national house builders. All our services are available to the private or commercial sector, are undertaken by our experienced and fully qualified valuers and chartered surveyors, and include the following;

  • RICS Homebuyers Reports
  • Building Surveys
  • Specific Structural Reports
  • Land Surveys
  • Matrimonial and Litigation Valuations
  • HMRC Probate Valuations
  • Valuations for Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax
  • Rent Reviews, Appraisals and Insurance Valuations
  • Expert witness and Expert opinion services
  • Land disputes including LCA (Land Compensation Act) negotiations.

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A building survey is a comprehensive inspection suitable for all properties but especially recommend for;

  • All listed buildings
  • Older properties
  • Any building constructed in a non-traditional way, regardless of its age.
  • Properties you are planning to renovate or alter in any way.
  • Properties which have already had extensive alterations.

A building survey includes the following;

  • All major and minor defects.
  • The implications of any defects and the possible cost of repairs.
  • Results of any testing or inspection on the structure for dampness and/or water penetration.
  • Comments on the existence and condition of damp-proofing, insulation and drainage (although the latter will not be tested).
  • Extensive technical information on the construction of the property and details regarding type and condition of materials used in construction
  • General information on the location.
  • Recommendations for further specialist inspections.

A building survey does not include a valuation although our surveyor would be able to provide a separate valuation report if requested.

A standard valuation is usually an inspection carried out on behalf of your mortgage lender to determine the amount and terms of a mortgage offer. Your mortgage lender will probably ask you to pay for the valuation and will send you a copy of the report. A valuation is NOT a survey. It’s a limited inspection to identify problems that may affect the security of your mortgage lenders loan. A property can have defects that are critical to a prospective buyer, but are not of concern to the mortgage lender and therefore will not appear in a valuation report. That is why you should not solely rely upon the limited information provided by a valuation when deciding whether or not to purchase a property.

The RICS Homebuyers Report is a service carried out to a standard format, approved by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is suitable for all properties built within the last 100 years, are of a conventional construction and in a habitable or reasonable condition.

A HomeBuyer Report focuses on matters that in the surveyor’s opinion may affect the value of the property if they are not addressed and includes the following information;

  • The property’s general condition. By applying condition ratings to elements of the building, the services and any garages and/or permanent outbuildings, the surveyor will inform you whether defects are serious or urgent.
  • Any significant defects found within accessible parts of the property, which may affect it’s valuation.
  • Urgent and significant matters that need assessing before entering into an exchange of contracts, including recommendations for any further specialist inspections.
  • Results of any testing of walls for dampness.
  • Comments on visually apparent damage to timbers including woodworm or dry and wet rot.
  • Comments on the existence and condition of damp proofing, insulation and drainage (although the latter will not be tested)
  • The market value of the property taking full consideration of the conditions identified with the report.
  • The recommended reinstatement cost for insurance purposes (the anticipated costs of re-constructed a building in the event of damage by an insured risk e.g. fire, flood, storm damage etc.). This should not be confused with the market value which may differ.
  • Any other advice you need to take before exchanging contracts.

Ask yourself the following questions; Are you buying wisely???  Overpriced or hidden defects???  Do you know the facts??? 

Should you require one of the above services or wish to discuss your specific requirements please email or call 01670 590400

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