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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 Property Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Kingston upon Thames

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a property constructed from standard building materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Kingston upon Thames

    A Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Kingston upon Thames) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this when buying a non standard , for example timber frame buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Kingston upon Thames

    This is an independent valuation . This is often chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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Home Buyers Survey Kingston upon Thames

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Kingston upon Thames and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Kingston upon Thames property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations on the property, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it does give exhaustive analysis of the Kingston upon Thames property's condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain a Kingston upon Thames Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled properties create issues for purchasers? What related issues must we watch out for?

Ranging from Wroxton Limestone to Stoke Hall Sandstone, the stone used in a home's structure will impact maintenance. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include stone faces. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to properties, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used in the construction of doors and windows. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar. There are two kinds of lime-based mortar, hydraulic and non-hydraulic. It essential that the type of mortar be identified before any work be attempted. Property surveys should give some repair guidance, like repointing of loose or crumbling mortar. If you are planning to renovate, consider that services to match stone types are available. Contact the British Geological Survey for more detail. Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.

House Prices

There is a detached house in KT2 on for £555, 920. What will a Kingston upon Thames RICS chartered surveyor take into account when valuing house prices in Kingston upon Thames ?

There are a huge number of issues that can add to or subtract from property values e.g. whether the property is mortgageable or the height of ceilings. One method is to analyse house values achieved in Kingston upon Thames at the same time for similar houses.

The average house price paid between Jul and Oct 2012 was £548, 320, which is £7, 600 less than the price you are intending to pay. The house/flat average was £418, 110. 90, Elm Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Kingston Upon Thames, Kingston Upon Thames, Greater London, KT2 6HU a detached house sold for £68, 000 .

The best way for you to get an independent home valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report which includes a Property Valuation Report as part of the service. Your qualified RICS surveyor will be accredited under the Valuer Registration Scheme. The scheme is intended to raise consumer confidence and improves standards.

A chartered surveyor will always attend home as well as considering any other factors that can affect property values.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the property survey?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under their own weight.

A relatively small number of issues are usually found to be the cause of movement to a property. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and begin to slide downward. Signs of potential subsidence include doors and windows that are more difficult to open.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Kingston upon Thames and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is essentially the same level of survey.

If the Kingston upon Thames property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations on the property, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it does give exhaustive analysis of the Kingston upon Thames property's condition in addition to advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain a Kingston upon Thames Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled properties create issues for purchasers? What related issues must we watch out for?

Ranging from Wroxton Limestone to Stoke Hall Sandstone, the stone used in a home's structure will impact maintenance. Faults common to poorly maintained stone walls can include stone faces. Irregular stone walls are not uncommon to properties, but dressed (cut) stone may also be used in the construction of doors and windows. Both regular or irregular stone can be mortared with lime-based mortar. There are two kinds of lime-based mortar, hydraulic and non-hydraulic. It essential that the type of mortar be identified before any work be attempted. Property surveys should give some repair guidance, like repointing of loose or crumbling mortar. If you are planning to renovate, consider that services to match stone types are available. Contact the British Geological Survey for more detail. Locally mined or quarried stone may also be available.



House Prices

There is a detached house in KT2 on for £555, 920. What will a Kingston upon Thames RICS chartered surveyor take into account when valuing house prices in Kingston upon Thames ?

There are a huge number of issues that can add to or subtract from property values e.g. whether the property is mortgageable or the height of ceilings. One method is to analyse house values achieved in Kingston upon Thames at the same time for similar houses.

The average house price paid between Jul and Oct 2012 was £548, 320, which is £7, 600 less than the price you are intending to pay. The house/flat average was £418, 110. 90, Elm Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Kingston Upon Thames, Kingston Upon Thames, Greater London, KT2 6HU a detached house sold for £68, 000 .

The best way for you to get an independent home valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report which includes a Property Valuation Report as part of the service. Your qualified RICS surveyor will be accredited under the Valuer Registration Scheme. The scheme is intended to raise consumer confidence and improves standards.

A chartered surveyor will always attend home as well as considering any other factors that can affect property values.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What can be done to fix subsidence if subsidence is found during the property survey?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. New properties, for example, will need to settle under their own weight.

A relatively small number of issues are usually found to be the cause of movement to a property. One such issue is that soil on sloping ground is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer can sometimes become unstable and begin to slide downward. Signs of potential subsidence include doors and windows that are more difficult to open.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

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