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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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 HomeBuyers Survey is the best choice for my potential house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Brockley

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when you are purchasing a property constructed from conventional materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Brockley

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Brockley) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this for non standard property such as architecturally unusual homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Brockley

    This is an impartial valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Brockley and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Brockley property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any works or an extension, you should you go for a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Brockley property's state of repair as well as advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Brockley Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

We are buying a Brockley property with stone walls. What problems should we be aware of?

Buyers of a Grade I listed building should consider that any repairs are in keeping with the methods and materials used in the original construction. Buyers should also be aware that the potential severity of issues like algae will vary with the particular type of stone.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregular walls.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with a brick or rubble wall beneath. Repair advice often includes monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence information does the Brockley property survey include?

Movement of a house on a structural level is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. In addition, some homes in Brockley are constructed from a range of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

Subsidence can result from several issues, some common throughout Brockley. For example, water leaking from a cracked mains drainage pipe will clear away soil which supports the structure. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Signs of potential subsidence include rippling wallpaper that isn't caused by dampness.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Brockley properties at risk, and does a building survey look for any flood damage, or if other properties have been affected?

The impact of flooding, both in the region of Brockley and nationwide, is a serious concern for homeowners, and buyers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available. A flood risk alert service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst.

Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect home enables the building surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. The building surveyor may ask the property owner or occupier about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Brockley and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Brockley property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any works or an extension, you should you go for a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap but it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Brockley property's state of repair as well as advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Brockley Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

We are buying a Brockley property with stone walls. What problems should we be aware of?

Buyers of a Grade I listed building should consider that any repairs are in keeping with the methods and materials used in the original construction. Buyers should also be aware that the potential severity of issues like algae will vary with the particular type of stone.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than irregular walls.

Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with a brick or rubble wall beneath. Repair advice often includes monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence information does the Brockley property survey include?

Movement of a house on a structural level is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. In addition, some homes in Brockley are constructed from a range of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

Subsidence can result from several issues, some common throughout Brockley. For example, water leaking from a cracked mains drainage pipe will clear away soil which supports the structure. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Signs of potential subsidence include rippling wallpaper that isn't caused by dampness.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Brockley properties at risk, and does a building survey look for any flood damage, or if other properties have been affected?

The impact of flooding, both in the region of Brockley and nationwide, is a serious concern for homeowners, and buyers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available. A flood risk alert service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst.

Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect home enables the building surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. The building surveyor may ask the property owner or occupier about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

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