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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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Which Home Survey is the right choice for my prospective home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Belvedere

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when buying a property made of conventional building materials such as tile and brick, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Belvedere

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Belvedere) will also be conducted by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this when buying a non standard property such as box frame construction houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Belvedere

    This is an impartial valuation . This is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Belvedere and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Belvedere property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap however it does offer comprehensive details of the Belvedere property's state of repair and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice get an instant Belvedere House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Chimney stacks

On a Belvedere HomeBuyer Report what does 'E1' refer to?

These elements should be examined from ground level if the roof is difficult to access. Creosote build-up in the chimney flue is an example.

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for house buyers deciding whether or not to purchase a residence. Red, amber and green ratings give house buyers indicate to what extent any problems or notable points may negatively impact the property. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Irrelevant subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a 1972-built apartment in Belvedere and noticed that the basement floor dipped in one corner. Is this a urgent danger, and what subsidence issues will the Building Survey consider?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree.

Subsidence-related cracks are generally wider at the top. In serious environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Landfill site near home

What should we be wary of when purchasing a house in the region a rubbish dump

Sites used for landfill take many forms e.g. domestic rubbish. Of course nobody wants to live near one (most people do live near one). Concerns might include chemicals like dioxins. Health problems for example birth defects have been linked to landfill sites .

Surveyors in Belvedere will notice structural issues resulting from the site. Your conveyancer will conduct conveyancing and environmental searches of the British Geological database in addition to Bexley Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Belvedere and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Belvedere property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap however it does offer comprehensive details of the Belvedere property's state of repair and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice get an instant Belvedere House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Chimney stacks

On a Belvedere HomeBuyer Report what does 'E1' refer to?

These elements should be examined from ground level if the roof is difficult to access. Creosote build-up in the chimney flue is an example.

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for house buyers deciding whether or not to purchase a residence. Red, amber and green ratings give house buyers indicate to what extent any problems or notable points may negatively impact the property. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Irrelevant subsections of the HomeBuyer Report, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a 1972-built apartment in Belvedere and noticed that the basement floor dipped in one corner. Is this a urgent danger, and what subsidence issues will the Building Survey consider?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree.

Subsidence-related cracks are generally wider at the top. In serious environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Landfill site near home

What should we be wary of when purchasing a house in the region a rubbish dump

Sites used for landfill take many forms e.g. domestic rubbish. Of course nobody wants to live near one (most people do live near one). Concerns might include chemicals like dioxins. Health problems for example birth defects have been linked to landfill sites .

Surveyors in Belvedere will notice structural issues resulting from the site. Your conveyancer will conduct conveyancing and environmental searches of the British Geological database in addition to Bexley Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

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