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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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Looking for a Home Survey ? Which of the 3 should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Charing Cross

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when you are buying a property constructed from standard materials such as brick & tile, not dilapidated and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Charing Cross

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Charing Cross) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more exhaustive. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. stone homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Charing Cross

    This is an independent valuation . This is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Charing Cross and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Charing Cross property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any major works, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give a thorough analysis of the Charing Cross property's state of repair as well as an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not get an instant Charing Cross Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact could wet conditions have on our new Charing Cross house, and does our Charing Cross property surveyor mention it? Are repairs going to be expensive?

Both in Charing Cross, and throughout the county, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it. Unfortunately the effect which wet weather has on a house is not given enough thought. If you have only visited the house on a clear day, problems are unlikely to be visible. Signs that drainage systems are blocked include streaks of dirt down the outside of guttering. Fortunately, guttering issues are quite easy to remedy, unless they are poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent has said subsidence is an issue impacting the home. What subsidence issues does the Surveyor report on?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. Buyers in Charing Cross should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. Less common than subsidence, but which can be as damaging to a home, heave occurs where the ground level moves upwards.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also undermine the foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

Shocking Electrics

When we viewed the building we want to lease it appeared that there is an unsafe electrical system, does a Homebuyer Report in Charing Cross go into detail on any faults with the electrics?

When performing a Homebuyer Report in Charing Cross your surveyor should usually comment on the electrics if it is apparent that they are in a poor state of repair. This will include a visual (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection view of the unconcealed areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. in addition to areas e.g. verifying the state of the visible wiring. Reporting on any documents from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the building will form part of the survey.

Confirming the existence of any documents from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the building will usually form part of the survey.

The IEE recommend a check to confirm whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition be completed every ten years (or every 5 if letting).

HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Charing Cross and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Charing Cross property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any major works, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give a thorough analysis of the Charing Cross property's state of repair as well as an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not get an instant Charing Cross Home Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what impact could wet conditions have on our new Charing Cross house, and does our Charing Cross property surveyor mention it? Are repairs going to be expensive?

Both in Charing Cross, and throughout the county, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it. Unfortunately the effect which wet weather has on a house is not given enough thought. If you have only visited the house on a clear day, problems are unlikely to be visible. Signs that drainage systems are blocked include streaks of dirt down the outside of guttering. Fortunately, guttering issues are quite easy to remedy, unless they are poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent has said subsidence is an issue impacting the home. What subsidence issues does the Surveyor report on?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. Buyers in Charing Cross should be aware, however, that there is a difference between subsidence and benign settlement. Less common than subsidence, but which can be as damaging to a home, heave occurs where the ground level moves upwards.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also undermine the foundations. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.

Shocking Electrics

When we viewed the building we want to lease it appeared that there is an unsafe electrical system, does a Homebuyer Report in Charing Cross go into detail on any faults with the electrics?

When performing a Homebuyer Report in Charing Cross your surveyor should usually comment on the electrics if it is apparent that they are in a poor state of repair. This will include a visual (i.e. without undoing fittings) inspection view of the unconcealed areas of the wiring, fusebox etc. in addition to areas e.g. verifying the state of the visible wiring. Reporting on any documents from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the building will form part of the survey.

Confirming the existence of any documents from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by a suitably qualified electrician on the building will usually form part of the survey.

The IEE recommend a check to confirm whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition be completed every ten years (or every 5 if letting).

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