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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Crystal Palace

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice when you are purchasing a home made of standard building materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Crystal Palace

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Crystal Palace) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor and is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional , for example wychert homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Crystal Palace

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Crystal Palace and of the 3, which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Crystal Palace property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any significant alterations on the Crystal Palace property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Crystal Palace property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Crystal Palace Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

A local warned us about pests affecting some homes - Will a residential surveyor look into this?

Be aware that your solicitor's forms may not ask about this issue.

Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can seriously reduce the value of a property. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. As an example, bed bugs do not live in mattresses, as in commonly thought, but in cracks in the bed frame, or around the room, and will feed on the host at night. Remedies to vermin can include chemical treatment and removal or excision of affected timber. Contact a specialist, e.g. Rentokil Initial UK Ltd (London) (South), Units 8, 9 & E Broomsleigh Bus Park, Worsley Bridge Road, London (South), SE26 5BN, or call 0800 917 1987, to discuss remedial options.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw cracks along the sitting room ceiling, is this subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related matters will the Surveyor review?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures experience some minor cracking.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high sand, gravel or chalk content, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. 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. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying in Crystal Palace, and the house's foundations have been built on clay soil. Will a House Survey look into this?

Factors from mould to groundwater flooding can cause high maintenance costs for a home-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of numerous issues, with sub-soil shrinkage and consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss being relatively common. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. For example, warping of floorboards may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like ensuring that the ground level declines away from the house. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Crystal Palace and of the 3, which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Crystal Palace property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any significant alterations on the Crystal Palace property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Crystal Palace property's state of repair along with more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Crystal Palace Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

A local warned us about pests affecting some homes - Will a residential surveyor look into this?

Be aware that your solicitor's forms may not ask about this issue.

Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can seriously reduce the value of a property. It is vital that buyers consider this oft-overlooked aspect when making an offer.

Signs may not be evident for weeks or months. As an example, bed bugs do not live in mattresses, as in commonly thought, but in cracks in the bed frame, or around the room, and will feed on the host at night. Remedies to vermin can include chemical treatment and removal or excision of affected timber. Contact a specialist, e.g. Rentokil Initial UK Ltd (London) (South), Units 8, 9 & E Broomsleigh Bus Park, Worsley Bridge Road, London (South), SE26 5BN, or call 0800 917 1987, to discuss remedial options.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw cracks along the sitting room ceiling, is this subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what subsidence-related matters will the Surveyor review?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures experience some minor cracking.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high sand, gravel or chalk content, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It is vital to arrest any further movement, or risk of movement. 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. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying in Crystal Palace, and the house's foundations have been built on clay soil. Will a House Survey look into this?

Factors from mould to groundwater flooding can cause high maintenance costs for a home-owner. Clay-rich soil, for example, is a potential source of numerous issues, with sub-soil shrinkage and consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss being relatively common. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. For example, warping of floorboards may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like ensuring that the ground level declines away from the house. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

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