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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 Survey is right for my intended home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Highams Park

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when planning to purchase a home made of standard building materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Highams Park

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Highams Park) will also be conducted by a RICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. timber frame houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Highams Park

    This is an impartial valuation . It is usually chosen by cash purchasers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Highams Park and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Highams Park property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out major works, RICS advise you select a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, however it does offer a more detailed analysis of the Highams Park property's state of repair as well as including information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Highams Park House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

External walls

For the Highams Park HomeBuyer Report what does 'E4 - Main walls' refer to?

Foundations and possible defects within the walls will not be investigated. If hidden issues with the walls or foundations are suspected, a more comprehensive structural survey may be advised. Observations on the Damp Proof Course are also reported here. Rot, fire or insect damage to a lintel, for example, would be reported here.

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, with a minimum of technical jargon. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate to what extent any problems or notable points may negatively impact the property. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Highams Park? Can the Highams Park HomeBuyer Report investigate this?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a house, with subsidence being a common example. In Highams Park's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable cracked plaster, to complete structural failure. Steps like taking care not to let plant life, including some as bushes and trees, take root close to the property can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Conservation area

Will there be any considerations we would be advised to look into if buying a house in Highams Park near a conservation area, particularly in respect of to house prices?

There are around ten thousand of conservation areas in the UK which are governed by the local council.

Home Buyers Surveys in Highams Park are required by RICS to possess sufficient knowledge of relevant local factors and any bearing they have with the property. Prices is, more often than not, higher which is down to conservation areas being largely unspoilt

RICS surveyors are expected advise whether the building is/might be is so classified and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your Homebuyer Report will recommend further investigations are carried out by your legal representation. Unapproved developments that do not have Local Authority approval may also be reported in the Highams Park survey but these are really more a concern for your legal representative.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Highams Park and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Highams Park property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out major works, RICS advise you select a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, however it does offer a more detailed analysis of the Highams Park property's state of repair as well as including information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a Highams Park House Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

External walls

For the Highams Park HomeBuyer Report what does 'E4 - Main walls' refer to?

Foundations and possible defects within the walls will not be investigated. If hidden issues with the walls or foundations are suspected, a more comprehensive structural survey may be advised. Observations on the Damp Proof Course are also reported here. Rot, fire or insect damage to a lintel, for example, would be reported here.

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, with a minimum of technical jargon. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate to what extent any problems or notable points may negatively impact the property. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Highams Park? Can the Highams Park HomeBuyer Report investigate this?

Soil composition can have a great impact on a house, with subsidence being a common example. In Highams Park's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable cracked plaster, to complete structural failure. Steps like taking care not to let plant life, including some as bushes and trees, take root close to the property can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Conservation area

Will there be any considerations we would be advised to look into if buying a house in Highams Park near a conservation area, particularly in respect of to house prices?

There are around ten thousand of conservation areas in the UK which are governed by the local council.

Home Buyers Surveys in Highams Park are required by RICS to possess sufficient knowledge of relevant local factors and any bearing they have with the property. Prices is, more often than not, higher which is down to conservation areas being largely unspoilt

RICS surveyors are expected advise whether the building is/might be is so classified and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your Homebuyer Report will recommend further investigations are carried out by your legal representation. Unapproved developments that do not have Local Authority approval may also be reported in the Highams Park survey but these are really more a concern for your legal representative.

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