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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 Survey ? Which one should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Highgate

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice when you are purchasing a home built from standard materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Highgate

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Highgate) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more detailed. Select this for unconventional e.g. timber frame properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Highgate

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same.

If the Highgate property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Highgate property's general condition in addition to advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Highgate Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw cracks down the gable wall, is this subsidence? What can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Generally, a builder will return to a new house after time has passed in order to make repairs.

Subsidence can result from several issues, some common throughout Highgate. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, impacting the property's structure in clay-rich soil, as water is drawn out of the soil by shrubs and trees. In extreme conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. 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, with no underpinning required.

In serious cases, underpinning may be required. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Stone block wall damage

I am purchasing a property in Highgate and the vendor has informed us that it has been constructed with York stone. Are there specific related issues to consider, and what does the survey cover?

There are a wide range of defects and issues associated with stone-built property, and the defects impacting a type of stone will vary according to its properties. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay. Purchasers renovating Highgate homes should be aware that stone matching services are available, which may be necessary for listed buildings. To source stone quarried in Highgate, you can contact local suppliers.

External walls

In the HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of an red light rating defects for 'E4 - Main walls' ?

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. The damp proof course is also covered under Section E4. Efflorescence is an example. A condition rating of three is used to emphasise the most crucial repairs. They can include defects which compromise the structural integrity of a house.

HomeBuyer Report

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

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same.

If the Highgate property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the Highgate property's general condition in addition to advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Highgate Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We saw cracks down the gable wall, is this subsidence? What can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Generally, a builder will return to a new house after time has passed in order to make repairs.

Subsidence can result from several issues, some common throughout Highgate. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, impacting the property's structure in clay-rich soil, as water is drawn out of the soil by shrubs and trees. In extreme conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution. 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, with no underpinning required.



In serious cases, underpinning may be required. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Stone block wall damage

I am purchasing a property in Highgate and the vendor has informed us that it has been constructed with York stone. Are there specific related issues to consider, and what does the survey cover?

There are a wide range of defects and issues associated with stone-built property, and the defects impacting a type of stone will vary according to its properties. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay. Purchasers renovating Highgate homes should be aware that stone matching services are available, which may be necessary for listed buildings. To source stone quarried in Highgate, you can contact local suppliers.

External walls

In the HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of an red light rating defects for 'E4 - Main walls' ?

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. The damp proof course is also covered under Section E4. Efflorescence is an example. A condition rating of three is used to emphasise the most crucial repairs. They can include defects which compromise the structural integrity of a house.

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