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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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What building survey is right for my planned house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Golders Green

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when purchasing a property made of standard building materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Golders Green

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Golders Green) is also carried out by a RICS surveyor and is more exhaustive. Opt for this survey for non standard , for example thatched homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Golders Green

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Golders Green and which would be cheaper?

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

If the Golders Green property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, you should you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Golders Green property's general condition in addition to information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Golders Green Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Our agent warned us that access to the loft could be time consuming to arrange, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What does a building surveyor look into during the survey?

This is frequently addressed by building surveyors. Homes throughout Golders Green could unfortunately be experiencing issues with the roof like. All parts of the roof must be considered during the survey. This can include anything from wind braces to fascias. Your building surveyors may then recommend that some faults need urgent attention.

The expense of replacing rotten rafters or soffits, or other major roof work, means that some owners put it off for as long as possible. This is a false economy, as such issues can lead to more severe

general structural problems. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. However, buyers should endeavour to compare a number of quotes to find the best deal.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there may be a danger of asbestos insulation situated in the flat. What is asbestos and how is it remedied?

Asbestos is a noxious silicate material of several naturally occurring materials. Some types are found in the building materials for example fire blankets.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent sound absorption properties, it may be found in walls. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. If discovered, one must be careful on no account to displace asbestos and professional advice must be taken ASAP.

Surveyors do not test for asbestos on a survey. Surveyors will note possible asbestos and will suggest further investigation.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the RICS Surveyor look for on a stipple rendered (stucco) home in Golders Green that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is actually just smooth type of render. Commonly stucco is applied to brick (sometimes also ceilings) that dries to a smooth flat finish. Stucco render is very grand in appearance and is often found on Victorian and Georgian homes for example. Stucco is often problematic and Surveyors frequently reveal issues for example, horizontal cracking that follows the lines of mortar in the brickwork.

Another example of problems associated with stucco could be when water gets in below flashings which causes the render detaching. Fixing problems with stucco can be difficult and costly as craftsmen are becoming more difficult to find.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Golders Green and which would be cheaper?

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

If the Golders Green property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, you should you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Golders Green property's general condition in addition to information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more details why not get an instant Golders Green Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Roof defects identified during a survey

Our agent warned us that access to the loft could be time consuming to arrange, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What does a building surveyor look into during the survey?

This is frequently addressed by building surveyors. Homes throughout Golders Green could unfortunately be experiencing issues with the roof like. All parts of the roof must be considered during the survey. This can include anything from wind braces to fascias. Your building surveyors may then recommend that some faults need urgent attention.

The expense of replacing rotten rafters or soffits, or other major roof work, means that some owners put it off for as long as possible. This is a false economy, as such issues can lead to more severe



general structural problems. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. However, buyers should endeavour to compare a number of quotes to find the best deal.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there may be a danger of asbestos insulation situated in the flat. What is asbestos and how is it remedied?

Asbestos is a noxious silicate material of several naturally occurring materials. Some types are found in the building materials for example fire blankets.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent sound absorption properties, it may be found in walls. Technically all forms including Chrysotile are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. If discovered, one must be careful on no account to displace asbestos and professional advice must be taken ASAP.

Surveyors do not test for asbestos on a survey. Surveyors will note possible asbestos and will suggest further investigation.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the RICS Surveyor look for on a stipple rendered (stucco) home in Golders Green that I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is actually just smooth type of render. Commonly stucco is applied to brick (sometimes also ceilings) that dries to a smooth flat finish. Stucco render is very grand in appearance and is often found on Victorian and Georgian homes for example. Stucco is often problematic and Surveyors frequently reveal issues for example, horizontal cracking that follows the lines of mortar in the brickwork.

Another example of problems associated with stucco could be when water gets in below flashings which causes the render detaching. Fixing problems with stucco can be difficult and costly as craftsmen are becoming more difficult to find.

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