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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 choose for my property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Downe

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen if buying a property constructed from conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Downe

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Downe) is also carried out by a RICS surveyor and is more comprehensive. Choose this for unconventional e.g. granite wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Downe

    This is an impartial valuation of the property. It is usually chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Downe and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Downe property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any works or an extension on the property, you should you choose a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Downe property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Downe Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a flat in Downe and noticed that the sitting room door frame was skewed, could this be evidence of subsidence? What can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle beneath the structure's own weight. In some older homes cracks appear in Summer that close up in the Winter when the materials absorb moisture.

Subsidence results from a range of factors. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, undermine foundations to cause subsidence, particularly in clay-rich soil, as water is drawn out of the soil by plant life. In serious weather, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however. Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Underpinning could be the only option in

some cases, unfortunately. 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.

Building Surveys on houses

Do we need to upgrade to a full structural survey when looking into a substantially modified fifties property near Downe as opposed to a HomeBuyer Report?

Sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as a Full Structural Survey by some, it is now defunct and and has been reclassified by RICS and the right term is now the Building Survey. When purchasing an altered house like an older house - it is the right home survey to purchase. Around 3 days following a thorough site survey of the accessible areas of the house a written report (digital and written copy) will be emailed (pdf format) and posted to the prospective buyer running through in depth and crucial information in relation to the materials used for the construction of the house. There are certain limitations with any survey because a RICS surveyor wont be able to open up the fabric of the of the Downe house e.g. undoing electrical fittings.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The next-door neighbour said that the had been a problem with dry rot. What should we keep an eye out for during the investigation?

This often causes anxiety for house purchasers who have had to shell out for major repairs in the past. Houses across Downe can still be subject to roofing woes. From sheathing to ceiling joists, the whole roof must be reviewed. Your chartered surveyors may then recommend that some faults need urgent attention.

High quotes for roofing jobs (such as re-covering asphalt) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A local contractor with a good reference can provide a quote.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Downe and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Downe property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any works or an extension on the property, you should you choose a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Downe property's condition as well as more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Downe Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a flat in Downe and noticed that the sitting room door frame was skewed, could this be evidence of subsidence? What can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle beneath the structure's own weight. In some older homes cracks appear in Summer that close up in the Winter when the materials absorb moisture.

Subsidence results from a range of factors. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, undermine foundations to cause subsidence, particularly in clay-rich soil, as water is drawn out of the soil by plant life. In serious weather, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however. Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Underpinning could be the only option in



some cases, unfortunately. 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.

Building Surveys on houses

Do we need to upgrade to a full structural survey when looking into a substantially modified fifties property near Downe as opposed to a HomeBuyer Report?

Sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as a Full Structural Survey by some, it is now defunct and and has been reclassified by RICS and the right term is now the Building Survey. When purchasing an altered house like an older house - it is the right home survey to purchase. Around 3 days following a thorough site survey of the accessible areas of the house a written report (digital and written copy) will be emailed (pdf format) and posted to the prospective buyer running through in depth and crucial information in relation to the materials used for the construction of the house. There are certain limitations with any survey because a RICS surveyor wont be able to open up the fabric of the of the Downe house e.g. undoing electrical fittings.

Roof defects identified during a survey

The next-door neighbour said that the had been a problem with dry rot. What should we keep an eye out for during the investigation?

This often causes anxiety for house purchasers who have had to shell out for major repairs in the past. Houses across Downe can still be subject to roofing woes. From sheathing to ceiling joists, the whole roof must be reviewed. Your chartered surveyors may then recommend that some faults need urgent attention.

High quotes for roofing jobs (such as re-covering asphalt) may have scared off some homeowners from carrying out necessary work. In extreme cases, this may be the reason for the sale, so buyers must be vigilant and employ the services of a qualified surveyor before the exchange of contracts. A local contractor with a good reference can provide a quote.

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