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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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Need a Home Survey ? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Kennington

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if buying a property constructed from standard materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Kennington

    The RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Kennington) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this for unconventional , for example granite wall properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Kennington

    This is an independent valuation . This report is typically chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Kennington and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Kennington property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it does offer a thorough analysis of the Kennington property's state of repair as well as an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details get a Kennington House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Conservatory

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Kennington residential property what can 'E7' refer to?

A fairly common example may be rot and insect damage to conservatory joists. E7 elements are visually inspected. The type and condition of these parts will also be mentioned in the report. The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, with a minimum of technical jargon. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. The HomeBuyer Report has a standard format, which the surveyor will complete according to the nuances of the particular Kennington property, omitting sections as necessary.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the mid 50s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be a source of difficulty? Can a Property Survey investigate this?

The adverse impact clay soil can have on a home can be significant. Specific problems include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Given the moisture content does have such a great affect of clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a home's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage.

Taking precautions, such as after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled property. Which major potential issues should we consider, and what will the survey reveal?

The sturdy appearance of stone walls may hide serious concerns. Problems which impact stone-built Kennington homes can vary greatly, with issues like mould being quote common. 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. Choice of stone will impact the lifespan of a structure, for example, slate is far more water-resistant than many other stones. Repair advice often includes clearance of nearby trees and plants. Pulling these up can cause more damage, so your surveyor may recommend a specialist perform the work.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I have a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a home in Kennington and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same survey.

If the Kennington property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap but it does offer a thorough analysis of the Kennington property's state of repair as well as an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details get a Kennington House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Conservatory

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Kennington residential property what can 'E7' refer to?

A fairly common example may be rot and insect damage to conservatory joists. E7 elements are visually inspected. The type and condition of these parts will also be mentioned in the report. The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, with a minimum of technical jargon. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. The HomeBuyer Report has a standard format, which the surveyor will complete according to the nuances of the particular Kennington property, omitting sections as necessary.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the mid 50s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to be a source of difficulty? Can a Property Survey investigate this?

The adverse impact clay soil can have on a home can be significant. Specific problems include consolidation, or the change in volume of soil resulting from water loss, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Given the moisture content does have such a great affect of clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a home's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage.

Taking precautions, such as after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.

Stone block wall damage

I am buying a stone-walled property. Which major potential issues should we consider, and what will the survey reveal?

The sturdy appearance of stone walls may hide serious concerns. Problems which impact stone-built Kennington homes can vary greatly, with issues like mould being quote common. 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. Choice of stone will impact the lifespan of a structure, for example, slate is far more water-resistant than many other stones. Repair advice often includes clearance of nearby trees and plants. Pulling these up can cause more damage, so your surveyor may recommend a specialist perform the work.

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