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  Mortgage Valuation
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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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Looking for a Home Buyers Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Downham

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice if buying a property constructed from standard building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and build after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Downham

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Downham) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more exhaustive. Opt for this when buying a non standard property such as granite wall buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Downham

    This is an impartial valuation . This is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Downham and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Downham property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Downham property's state of repair as well as an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Downham Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying a home in Downham but are worried about vermin. Should we get a chartered surveyor?

Pests like mice may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying in Downham. Pests quite literally come in all shapes and sizes, and can be more difficult to treat than many buyers realise. Evidence may not be easy to find. As an example, silverfish are common in damp kitchens and bathrooms, but only appear at night, and can therefore be difficult to spot. Treatment for pests may include use of insecticides and destruction of tainted materials. If you strongly suspect an issue with mice, or any pest, speak to your surveyor

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

I've put in an offer in Downham. What suggestions can a Downham property surveyor make?

Downham brick-walled homes can indicate a number of issues. These can include inadequate damp-proofing or spalling. For example, sulphate attack, caused by moisture interacting with sulphates in cement, and will destroy the structural integrity of the wall and may require immediate attention. Contact several local builders for quotes, including Illustrious Construction of 23/Manford Court/Manford Way, Chigwell, IG7 4DP on 07960 227640.

Styles of brickwork can range from the relatively common, like Dutch bond, which is similar to English bond, to the rare, such herringbone bond, which has a distinctive L-shaped pattern.

If the Downham surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw evidence of that the garage floor dipped in one corner when we last viewed the flat. What can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the property survey?

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. The builder will likely return to a new house after time has passed in order to make repairs.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe or mains pipe will wash away the earth protecting the building's foundations. This can effectively reduce the volume of the soil surrounding the structure, meaning it can no longer support the weight of the building. Signs of potential subsidence include new or growing cracks in exterior brickwork.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.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. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Downham and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Downham property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any major works, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it will give you a more detailed analysis of the Downham property's state of repair as well as an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Downham Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Timber damage by insect larvae

We are buying a home in Downham but are worried about vermin. Should we get a chartered surveyor?

Pests like mice may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying in Downham. Pests quite literally come in all shapes and sizes, and can be more difficult to treat than many buyers realise. Evidence may not be easy to find. As an example, silverfish are common in damp kitchens and bathrooms, but only appear at night, and can therefore be difficult to spot. Treatment for pests may include use of insecticides and destruction of tainted materials. If you strongly suspect an issue with mice, or any pest, speak to your surveyor

External brick wall issue identified during property survey


I've put in an offer in Downham. What suggestions can a Downham property surveyor make?

Downham brick-walled homes can indicate a number of issues. These can include inadequate damp-proofing or spalling. For example, sulphate attack, caused by moisture interacting with sulphates in cement, and will destroy the structural integrity of the wall and may require immediate attention. Contact several local builders for quotes, including Illustrious Construction of 23/Manford Court/Manford Way, Chigwell, IG7 4DP on 07960 227640.

Styles of brickwork can range from the relatively common, like Dutch bond, which is similar to English bond, to the rare, such herringbone bond, which has a distinctive L-shaped pattern.

If the Downham surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw evidence of that the garage floor dipped in one corner when we last viewed the flat. What can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the property survey?

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. The builder will likely return to a new house after time has passed in order to make repairs.

Subsidence can be caused by a range of factors. For example, water leaking from a broken drainpipe or mains pipe will wash away the earth protecting the building's foundations. This can effectively reduce the volume of the soil surrounding the structure, meaning it can no longer support the weight of the building. Signs of potential subsidence include new or growing cracks in exterior brickwork.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.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. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

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