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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 property survey do I need for my prospective property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Clapham

    The Homebuyer Report should be selected if purchasing a property constructed from standard materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Clapham

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Clapham) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor and is more thorough. Choose this option when buying a non standard , for example stone slab roof buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Clapham

    This is a professional valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Clapham and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Clapham property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any works or an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap but it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Clapham property's condition as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Clapham Home Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a 1983-built house in Clapham and noticed cracks along the garage ceiling. What subsidence issues will the home survey reveal?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement generally happens in new structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree and its root network no longer draws water from the subsoil.

Cracks are a clear indication of subsidence. Fortunately, these are in many cases benign. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees,

for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. 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 surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Can I get an independent and professional valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for site clearance)

The Homebuyer Report contains an independent valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate. To fully consider the property's value the surveyor will refer to local Clapham market factors and other considerations about the property e.g. number of bedrooms Your Clapham surveyor will also consider materials used and will make certain key assumptions like there are no dangerous materials. Surveyors will disregard things like furnishings.

Further area conjectures, such as stairway access to a flat or water and drainage connectivity, are made in addition to any environmental concerns like mining activity, also being considered.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

External walls

On the HomeBuyer Report, what are the usual Condition rating 3 defects affecting main walls?

Red, or condition rating 3, defects are serious, or require immediate attention. Defects marked in red may also need further inspection by an expert. The format of the RICS HomeBuyer Report is clear and easy to read. As buyers in Clapham are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Foundations and possible defects within the walls will not be investigated. The damp proof course is also covered under Section E4. An improperly end bearing lintel is an example of a Section E defect.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Clapham and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Clapham property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any works or an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap but it does provide you with a thorough analysis of the Clapham property's condition as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get an instant Clapham Home Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are buying a 1983-built house in Clapham and noticed cracks along the garage ceiling. What subsidence issues will the home survey reveal?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement generally happens in new structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree and its root network no longer draws water from the subsoil.

Cracks are a clear indication of subsidence. Fortunately, these are in many cases benign. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees,



for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. 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 surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Can I get an independent and professional valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for site clearance)

The Homebuyer Report contains an independent valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate. To fully consider the property's value the surveyor will refer to local Clapham market factors and other considerations about the property e.g. number of bedrooms Your Clapham surveyor will also consider materials used and will make certain key assumptions like there are no dangerous materials. Surveyors will disregard things like furnishings.

Further area conjectures, such as stairway access to a flat or water and drainage connectivity, are made in addition to any environmental concerns like mining activity, also being considered.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

External walls

On the HomeBuyer Report, what are the usual Condition rating 3 defects affecting main walls?

Red, or condition rating 3, defects are serious, or require immediate attention. Defects marked in red may also need further inspection by an expert. The format of the RICS HomeBuyer Report is clear and easy to read. As buyers in Clapham are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Foundations and possible defects within the walls will not be investigated. The damp proof course is also covered under Section E4. An improperly end bearing lintel is an example of a Section E defect.

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