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Homebuyer
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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 Building Survey? Which one should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Kensington

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when purchasing a home made of conventional materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Kensington

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Kensington) will also be conducted by a RICS chartered surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this for an unconventional property, for example mundic properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Kensington

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Kensington and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same survey.

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

If you are thinking about whether to make substantial modifications, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Kensington property's condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Kensington Home Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

We're purchasing in Kensington. Is there a flood risk, and will the chartered surveyor investigate any flood damage?

A wide variety of factors can cause water damage caused by flooding, from inadequate drainage to tidal activity; sensible owners and buyers in Kensington are right to consider precautions.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. An awareness of characteristics of the Kensington area likely to affect the residential property also enables the surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the residents, but this information may not be accurate.

According to the Environment Agency, no flood warnings were found for Kensington.

*Data correct 04/01/13

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The handmade bricks on this Victorian terrace appears to have several cracks. What are the possible consequences?

Brick flats in Kensington will be affected by diverse problems, ranging from spalling to efflorescence. For example, thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs and may require immediate attention.

To arrange a quote for repairs, contact a local specialist, e.g. Gratino Joe at 54 Greenlea Court, Huddersfield, HD5 8QA on 01484 543558.

Styles of brickwork can range from the relatively common, like Dutch bond, which is similar to English bond, to the rare, such Scottish bond features five courses (rows) of long-oriented bricks then one row of short faced bricks, before repeating the pattern. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What effect does clay soil have on a home's foundations? Does the House Survey cover this?

The content of soil around the foundations of a house will have an impact, with compression of layers of the sub-soil and considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content being relatively common. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable warping of floorboards, to complete structural failure. A Kensington surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Kensington and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same survey.

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

If you are thinking about whether to make substantial modifications, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Kensington property's condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt get a Kensington Home Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

We're purchasing in Kensington. Is there a flood risk, and will the chartered surveyor investigate any flood damage?

A wide variety of factors can cause water damage caused by flooding, from inadequate drainage to tidal activity; sensible owners and buyers in Kensington are right to consider precautions.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. An awareness of characteristics of the Kensington area likely to affect the residential property also enables the surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the residents, but this information may not be accurate.

According to the Environment Agency, no flood warnings were found for Kensington.



*Data correct 04/01/13

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The handmade bricks on this Victorian terrace appears to have several cracks. What are the possible consequences?

Brick flats in Kensington will be affected by diverse problems, ranging from spalling to efflorescence. For example, thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs and may require immediate attention.

To arrange a quote for repairs, contact a local specialist, e.g. Gratino Joe at 54 Greenlea Court, Huddersfield, HD5 8QA on 01484 543558.

Styles of brickwork can range from the relatively common, like Dutch bond, which is similar to English bond, to the rare, such Scottish bond features five courses (rows) of long-oriented bricks then one row of short faced bricks, before repeating the pattern. Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What effect does clay soil have on a home's foundations? Does the House Survey cover this?

The content of soil around the foundations of a house will have an impact, with compression of layers of the sub-soil and considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content being relatively common. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable warping of floorboards, to complete structural failure. A Kensington surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

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