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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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Looking for a Home Survey ? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Bickley

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen when you are buying a property built from standard building materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Bickley

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Bickley) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more detailed. Select this when buying a non standard , for example wood frame buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Bickley

    This is an independent valuation . It is often chosen by cash purchasers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Bickley and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is basically the same the same.

If the Bickley property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any alterations on the Bickley property, you should you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Bickley property's condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a Bickley House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The property we plan to buy is built on clay soil. Does the House Survey cover this, and what defects will be reported on?

The content of soil around the foundations of a Bickley property will have an impact. Specific issues include considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a property's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly

and even dangerous structural damage. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying a property in Bickley but are worried about pests. Will the HomeBuyer Report investigate this?

Pests like wasps may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying in Bickley. Regrettably, pests can seriously reduce the value of a property and affect the health of residents. An affected home may not always be easy to identify.

For example, bed bugs do not live in mattresses, as in commonly thought, but in cracks in the bed frame, or around the room, and will feed on the host at night. Treatment for vermin may include destruction of tainted materials. If investigation does uncover a problem, consider speaking to the seller to ask that they deal with the issue prior to exchange.

Damaged Render

What defects will a Surveyor take into account on a roughcast rendered (stucco) regency house in Bickley which we wish to buy.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is in fact a sort of flat finish render. Typically it is applied to brick that sets to a smooth stone like surface. The effect is highly grand in appearance and is was often applied to Regency buildings. it can be problematic and Bickley surveyors frequently show any number of problems such as lateral visible cracking that follows the mortar lines between the brick

Another example of problems might be when water below flashings which results in the render detaching. Re-applying Stucco problems may be expensive as the skills are becoming rarer.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Bickley and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is basically the same the same.

If the Bickley property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any alterations on the Bickley property, you should you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Bickley property's condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a Bickley House Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The property we plan to buy is built on clay soil. Does the House Survey cover this, and what defects will be reported on?

The content of soil around the foundations of a Bickley property will have an impact. Specific issues include considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a property's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly



and even dangerous structural damage. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the property will be considered.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying a property in Bickley but are worried about pests. Will the HomeBuyer Report investigate this?

Pests like wasps may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying in Bickley. Regrettably, pests can seriously reduce the value of a property and affect the health of residents. An affected home may not always be easy to identify.

For example, bed bugs do not live in mattresses, as in commonly thought, but in cracks in the bed frame, or around the room, and will feed on the host at night. Treatment for vermin may include destruction of tainted materials. If investigation does uncover a problem, consider speaking to the seller to ask that they deal with the issue prior to exchange.

Damaged Render

What defects will a Surveyor take into account on a roughcast rendered (stucco) regency house in Bickley which we wish to buy.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is in fact a sort of flat finish render. Typically it is applied to brick that sets to a smooth stone like surface. The effect is highly grand in appearance and is was often applied to Regency buildings. it can be problematic and Bickley surveyors frequently show any number of problems such as lateral visible cracking that follows the mortar lines between the brick

Another example of problems might be when water below flashings which results in the render detaching. Re-applying Stucco problems may be expensive as the skills are becoming rarer.

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