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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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What Survey should I pick for my potential house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Colindale

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if buying a property constructed from standard materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Colindale

    The Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Colindale) will also be conducted by a RICS surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this survey for unconventional e.g. architecturally unusual or older homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Colindale

    This is an impartial valuation . It is typically chosen by cash purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Colindale and which one would be cheaper?

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

If the Colindale property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any significant alterations, you should you select a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap however it does give exhaustive analysis of the Colindale property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get an instant Colindale House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Colindale subsidence has been a concern. What can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree and the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In severe temperatures, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.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. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Traditionally built property

We are buying a converted barn. Will the age of the property be a problem?

A building's age can create difficulties for an owner. Houses featuring traditional methods can be expensive to repair. You should bear in mind that specialist expertise may be needed. Traditional materials may also need to be sourced.

Landfill site near home

What should I be wary of when buying a home proximate to a rubbish landfill

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes e.g. commercial waste material disposal. Nobody would want to live near one (80% of people live under 2km away from one). Risks might include methane gas generation. Potential health concerns such as spina bifida have been associated with landfill sites .

Colindale surveyors will notice structural problems connected with the landfill. Your conveyancing solicitor will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the British Geological database as well as Brent Local Authority and advise you .

HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Colindale and which one would be cheaper?

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

If the Colindale property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any significant alterations, you should you select a Building Survey instead. This option is less cheap however it does give exhaustive analysis of the Colindale property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get an instant Colindale House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Colindale subsidence has been a concern. What can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree and the plant stops drawing moisture from the earth.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In severe temperatures, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.



Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.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. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Traditionally built property

We are buying a converted barn. Will the age of the property be a problem?

A building's age can create difficulties for an owner. Houses featuring traditional methods can be expensive to repair. You should bear in mind that specialist expertise may be needed. Traditional materials may also need to be sourced.

Landfill site near home

What should I be wary of when buying a home proximate to a rubbish landfill

Sites used for landfill come in many shapes and sizes e.g. commercial waste material disposal. Nobody would want to live near one (80% of people live under 2km away from one). Risks might include methane gas generation. Potential health concerns such as spina bifida have been associated with landfill sites .

Colindale surveyors will notice structural problems connected with the landfill. Your conveyancing solicitor will commission conveyancing and environmental searches of the British Geological database as well as Brent Local Authority and advise you .

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