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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 Home Buyers Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Lewisham

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected if planning to purchase a property built from conventional building materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Lewisham

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Lewisham) is also conducted by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor and is more thorough. Opt for this survey for non standard e.g. thatched roof homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Lewisham

    This is a professional valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Lewisham and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Lewisham property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Lewisham property's general condition and it includes information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Lewisham House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

We're purchasing in Lewisham. Is there a flood risk, and will the RICS surveyor look for flooding damage?

A wide variety of factors can cause flood damage, from inadequate drainage to tidal activity, and insurance premiums. can be significantly affected for properties in flood-risk areas. The Environment Agency maintain a flood warning service, with regular updated risk assessments. In addition, the house survey may advise on needed maintenance.The house survey will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. The house surveyor may ask the current owner about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Lewisham has been worth checking. How could this affect the property, and what solutions are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence may be confused with settlement. Settlement does happen in newly constructed buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months.

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, damaging the structure, particularly in clay-rich soil, as moisture is taken up from the ground by trees. Signs of potential subsidence include rippling wallpaper that isn't caused by dampness.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. 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. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. 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 intending to put an offer in on a Lewisham property constructed Wooton stone. Which major matters should we consider, and what will the survey reveal?

Britain's range of geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Ham Hill Middle Bed Limestone to Peakmoor Sandstone. Defects affecting stone-built buildings can vary, weathered stone being relatively common. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. Repair advice often includes repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.

To source a specific stone material, get in touch with a local mason or walling contractor. For example, Wards Antique Fireplaces, 417 Hither Green La, London, SE13 6TR (Phone: 020 8697 6003) may be able to assist.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in Lewisham and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Lewisham property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, it would be better that you choose a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Lewisham property's general condition and it includes information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Lewisham House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage resulting from flooding

We're purchasing in Lewisham. Is there a flood risk, and will the RICS surveyor look for flooding damage?

A wide variety of factors can cause flood damage, from inadequate drainage to tidal activity, and insurance premiums. can be significantly affected for properties in flood-risk areas. The Environment Agency maintain a flood warning service, with regular updated risk assessments. In addition, the house survey may advise on needed maintenance.The house survey will also include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. The house surveyor may ask the current owner about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Lewisham has been worth checking. How could this affect the property, and what solutions are to available to resolve this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence may be confused with settlement. Settlement does happen in newly constructed buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, which will cease after a matter of months.

Subsidence is the result of a number of common issues. The roots of [trees and bushes], for example, damaging the structure, particularly in clay-rich soil, as moisture is taken up from the ground by trees. Signs of potential subsidence include rippling wallpaper that isn't caused by dampness.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. 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. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning the foundations will usually stop the foundations from further movement. It is, however, a time-consuming and costly process. 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 intending to put an offer in on a Lewisham property constructed Wooton stone. Which major matters should we consider, and what will the survey reveal?

Britain's range of geology has encouraged the use of many varieties of stone, from Ham Hill Middle Bed Limestone to Peakmoor Sandstone. Defects affecting stone-built buildings can vary, weathered stone being relatively common. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. Repair advice often includes repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Ask your surveyor for clarification if you are in doubt as to likely maintenance, particularly if the house in question is listed or located in a conservation area.

To source a specific stone material, get in touch with a local mason or walling contractor. For example, Wards Antique Fireplaces, 417 Hither Green La, London, SE13 6TR (Phone: 020 8697 6003) may be able to assist.

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