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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 Building Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Chiswick

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice if planning to buy a property constructed from standard materials such as brick and tile, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Chiswick

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Chiswick) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor but is more detailed. Select this for non standard e.g. cellared homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Chiswick

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Chiswick and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Chiswick property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will give an in-depth analysis of the Chiswick property's general condition along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Chiswick Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent mentioned subsidence may be a problem. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related defects will my HomeBuyer Report consider?

Subsidence is movement in a house's foundations. Generally, subsidence can be repaired quite easily. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new house after six months in order to repair settlement damage.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the brickwork or walls on the outside may indicate subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. 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 tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Stone block wall damage

We are purchasing an 1840s conversion with stone walls. Are there specific potential issues to bear in mind, and what will the survey reveal?

Purchasers in Chiswick should be aware that stone walls can be much weaker than they appear. Issues including cracks affect many stone-walled Chiswick houses. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. You can request advice on the specific steps to be taken when a problem is identified.

Common guidance may include clearing of ivy-like plant life and weeds.

The sheer breadth of varying stone materials can make it difficult for purchasers to correctly identify the particular stone used in the building of a home. Quarries in Chiswick should be able to supply local stone.

Gas flame

Will a chartered surveyor check the serviceability of the gas appliances?

Your RICS surveyor will visually inspect the easily accessible parts of the gas system. A surveyor will want to inspect gas heaters where relevant, as well as gas affiliated gas fittings in the home for example - chimney breasts or flues. A Chiswick local surveyor won't remove the fittings and he or she won't carry out any tests of any kind on the functionality of the gas system. Needless to say, gas is potentially dangerous, should there be any worries relating to gas installations or if you smell the distinctive smell of gas, call a gas safe engineer.

Gas Safe firms in Chiswick include G Relf of 111 Rannoch Road, Hammersmith, London Tel. 07903563705 and SW Energy and Heating of 14A, Musard Road, London Tel. 07900246151.

The regulations obligate landlords to commission appliance and installation inspections annually and punishments for failure to comply are severe .

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Chiswick and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Chiswick property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS advise you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will give an in-depth analysis of the Chiswick property's general condition along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Chiswick Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The estate agent mentioned subsidence may be a problem. How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related defects will my HomeBuyer Report consider?

Subsidence is movement in a house's foundations. Generally, subsidence can be repaired quite easily. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new house after six months in order to repair settlement damage.

New cracks wider than 3mm to the brickwork or walls on the outside may indicate subsidence. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Peat is normally stable when sat below the water table, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. 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 tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Stone block wall damage

We are purchasing an 1840s conversion with stone walls. Are there specific potential issues to bear in mind, and what will the survey reveal?

Purchasers in Chiswick should be aware that stone walls can be much weaker than they appear. Issues including cracks affect many stone-walled Chiswick houses. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. You can request advice on the specific steps to be taken when a problem is identified.

Common guidance may include clearing of ivy-like plant life and weeds.

The sheer breadth of varying stone materials can make it difficult for purchasers to correctly identify the particular stone used in the building of a home. Quarries in Chiswick should be able to supply local stone.

Gas flame

Will a chartered surveyor check the serviceability of the gas appliances?

Your RICS surveyor will visually inspect the easily accessible parts of the gas system. A surveyor will want to inspect gas heaters where relevant, as well as gas affiliated gas fittings in the home for example - chimney breasts or flues. A Chiswick local surveyor won't remove the fittings and he or she won't carry out any tests of any kind on the functionality of the gas system. Needless to say, gas is potentially dangerous, should there be any worries relating to gas installations or if you smell the distinctive smell of gas, call a gas safe engineer.

Gas Safe firms in Chiswick include G Relf of 111 Rannoch Road, Hammersmith, London Tel. 07903563705 and SW Energy and Heating of 14A, Musard Road, London Tel. 07900246151.

The regulations obligate landlords to commission appliance and installation inspections annually and punishments for failure to comply are severe .

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