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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 building survey do I need for my planned house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Chelsea

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen when purchasing a home made of standard building materials such as tile and brick, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Chelsea

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Chelsea) will also be carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this for unconventional such as stone wall homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Chelsea

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Chelsea and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Chelsea property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give a more detailed analysis of the Chelsea property's state of repair in addition to more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Chelsea Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a home in Chelsea and spotted that the living room floor was uneven. What can be done to resolve subsidence if subsidence is found during the HomeBuyer Report?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a building which compromises its structural integrity. Most buildings may suffer some degree of superficial cracks. New buildings in Chelsea and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible. Heave is less common, and may result from the removal of a tree or shrub and the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth.

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe or mains pipe will wash away the earth protecting the building's foundations. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Inside, keep an eye out for rippling wallpaper that isn't caused by dampness.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. 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. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Damaged Render

What will a Chartered Surveyor look for on a stucco rendered house in Chelsea.

Stucco is just a form of render. Normally stucco render is applied to brick that dries to a smooth stone like appearance. The effect is highly attractive and is found on Victorian and Regency buildings. it can be prone to defect and Surveyors in Chelsea commonly discover issues such as lateral cracking that describes the mortar joints underneath. Other issues can possibly result be when moisture below DPCs that results in large areas of detachment requiring raking back and reapplying. Resolving problems with stucco can be difficult as the skills are getting more difficult to find.

Gas flame

Will a surveyor check out the state of repair of the gas supply?

Yes. The surveyor will locate and visually check out the easily accessible parts of the gas system. A surveyor will want to inspect gas heaters at the building, as well as gas related appliances or installations e.g. ventilation of flue (if blocked). External fittings or covers won't be taken off. Gas can be fatal and if there are any concerns about gas fittings or if you smell gas, call a gas engineer.

West London based local companies include Brian Braithwaite of 490, Kings Road, London Tel. 07976 942736 and Hansens Kitchen Equipment Ltd of 306, Fulham Road, Chelsea, London Tel. 02073516933.

The 1998 Gas Safety Regulations stipulate that all landlords must to complete appliance and installation inspections every 12 months. Non compliance penalties are severe .

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Chelsea and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Chelsea property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does give a more detailed analysis of the Chelsea property's state of repair in addition to more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details you can get an instant Chelsea Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a home in Chelsea and spotted that the living room floor was uneven. What can be done to resolve subsidence if subsidence is found during the HomeBuyer Report?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a building which compromises its structural integrity. Most buildings may suffer some degree of superficial cracks. New buildings in Chelsea and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible. Heave is less common, and may result from the removal of a tree or shrub and the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth.

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe or mains pipe will wash away the earth protecting the building's foundations. By reducing the volume of the subsoil, the earth is more readily displaced by the weight of the property. Inside, keep an eye out for rippling wallpaper that isn't caused by dampness.



Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of cases of subsidence are caused by tree roots taking the moisture out of the soil. 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. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

Damaged Render

What will a Chartered Surveyor look for on a stucco rendered house in Chelsea.

Stucco is just a form of render. Normally stucco render is applied to brick that dries to a smooth stone like appearance. The effect is highly attractive and is found on Victorian and Regency buildings. it can be prone to defect and Surveyors in Chelsea commonly discover issues such as lateral cracking that describes the mortar joints underneath. Other issues can possibly result be when moisture below DPCs that results in large areas of detachment requiring raking back and reapplying. Resolving problems with stucco can be difficult as the skills are getting more difficult to find.

Gas flame

Will a surveyor check out the state of repair of the gas supply?

Yes. The surveyor will locate and visually check out the easily accessible parts of the gas system. A surveyor will want to inspect gas heaters at the building, as well as gas related appliances or installations e.g. ventilation of flue (if blocked). External fittings or covers won't be taken off. Gas can be fatal and if there are any concerns about gas fittings or if you smell gas, call a gas engineer.

West London based local companies include Brian Braithwaite of 490, Kings Road, London Tel. 07976 942736 and Hansens Kitchen Equipment Ltd of 306, Fulham Road, Chelsea, London Tel. 02073516933.

The 1998 Gas Safety Regulations stipulate that all landlords must to complete appliance and installation inspections every 12 months. Non compliance penalties are severe .

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