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  Mortgage Valuation
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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 Property Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Buckhurst Hill

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a home made of conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Buckhurst Hill

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Buckhurst Hill) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this for non standard property such as wood frame houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Buckhurst Hill

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . This report is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Buckhurst Hill and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is effectively the same survey.

If the Buckhurst Hill property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Buckhurst Hill property's condition as well as advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Buckhurst Hill Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The seller warned us that access to the roof of the home could be something to worry about, and we are wary of potential roofing issues. What should we investigate during the survey?

Questions like this are often asked of chartered surveyors by property purchasers who are aware that property could unfortunately be experiencing roofing woes, like damp. From the purlins to the ridge flashing, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Buckhurst Hill, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the chartered surveyors will look for a range of signs, including literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be

used. A roofing contractor in the local area with accreditation can provide a quote. Speak to Abbeywell Roofing of 165B Station Rd, London, E4 6AG on 0800-633 5290 for details.

Damage resulting from flooding

When planning to buy in Buckhurst Hill, should we be nervous about a flood risk, and will the surveyor search for possible flood damage?

Heavy rain, overflowing waterways, tidal activity and poor drainage can all result in extensive flood damage, and buyers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available. It is strongly recommended that precautions are taken, before any water damage happens, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. An awareness of characteristics of the Buckhurst Hill area likely to affect the Buckhurst Hill home also enables the property surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the agent, but this information may not be accurate.

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled property in Buckhurst Hill. Are there any major potential issues that we should be aware of, and what will the survey reveal?

If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by factors including displacement. Problems which impact stone-built Buckhurst Hill homes can vary greatly, with issues like displacement being quote common. Stone quarried in the area is common to local Buckhurst Hill homes, but some do also feature cut stone brought from outside the county. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. This external aspect will usually be supported by a rubble or brick wall. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include use of traditional methods to maintain older walls.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Buckhurst Hill and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is effectively the same survey.

If the Buckhurst Hill property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will offer a more detailed analysis of the Buckhurst Hill property's condition as well as advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Buckhurst Hill Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The seller warned us that access to the roof of the home could be something to worry about, and we are wary of potential roofing issues. What should we investigate during the survey?

Questions like this are often asked of chartered surveyors by property purchasers who are aware that property could unfortunately be experiencing roofing woes, like damp. From the purlins to the ridge flashing, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Buckhurst Hill, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the chartered surveyors will look for a range of signs, including literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended.

In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be



used. A roofing contractor in the local area with accreditation can provide a quote. Speak to Abbeywell Roofing of 165B Station Rd, London, E4 6AG on 0800-633 5290 for details.

Damage resulting from flooding

When planning to buy in Buckhurst Hill, should we be nervous about a flood risk, and will the surveyor search for possible flood damage?

Heavy rain, overflowing waterways, tidal activity and poor drainage can all result in extensive flood damage, and buyers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available. It is strongly recommended that precautions are taken, before any water damage happens, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. An awareness of characteristics of the Buckhurst Hill area likely to affect the Buckhurst Hill home also enables the property surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the agent, but this information may not be accurate.

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled property in Buckhurst Hill. Are there any major potential issues that we should be aware of, and what will the survey reveal?

If left in a poor state of repair, stone walls will suffer from structural issues caused by factors including displacement. Problems which impact stone-built Buckhurst Hill homes can vary greatly, with issues like displacement being quote common. Stone quarried in the area is common to local Buckhurst Hill homes, but some do also feature cut stone brought from outside the county. Ashlar courses are often used to finish more irregular stone walls. This external aspect will usually be supported by a rubble or brick wall. This can give rise to maintenance issues if either element of the wall has been treated with a non-breathable material. Guidelines for better stone wall upkeep include use of traditional methods to maintain older walls.

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