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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
  Mortgage
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 should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in London

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if you are purchasing a home made of conventional building materials such as brick & tile, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in London

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in London) will also be carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more detailed. Select this survey for non standard e.g. stone buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in London

    This is an independent valuation . This is usually chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in London and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is effectively the same survey.

If the London property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make significant alterations, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, however it does give you comprehensive details of the London property's general condition and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant London Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How important is it to check drainage? If there is necessary work, will they be troublesome to fix?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the impact heavy rainfall can have on property is overlooked by buyers. If you have only seen the residence on a sunny day, defects may not have been obvious. Signs that rainwater goods are at risk include flaking or efflorescence on external walls, and may lead to damp and mould. Whether buying in London or elsewhere, difficult rainwater goods does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often

simple to resolve, if maintenance is taken seriously. If untreated or poorly maintained, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

Traditionally built property

I am buying a 18th Century converted cow-house in London. What should be budgeted for repairs?

For traditionally-built London property, age can create issues for homeowners. Homes built using traditional methods can be costly to upkeep. You should be aware that specialist knowledge may be needed. Traditional materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of a home in one of London's conservation areas. This may mean that it is all the more vital that you get a building survey prior to exchanging. Discuss this with your surveyor for further advice. Erected between 1589 and 1538, Essex Lodge in Newnham is a traditional house of the time.

Gas flame

Does the local surveyor check the safety of the gas appliances?

Your qualified surveyor will visually look at any easily accessible parts of the system. A surveyor will want to inspect the mains gas installation at the building, in addition to gas associated installations, for instance chimney breasts or flues. External covers will not be detached. Gas can be deadly, should you have any concerns about gas, contact a gas safe engineer immediately.

Gas Safe certified UK based local companies include Snowik Limited of Unit 8, Windsor Park Industrial Estate, 50 Windsor Avenue, Wimbledon, London Tel. 08453720050 and Ryszard Bochentin of Flat 5, Trinity Court, London, . Tel. 0844 8127 347.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in London and which would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a Building Survey but is effectively the same survey.

If the London property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make significant alterations, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap, however it does give you comprehensive details of the London property's general condition and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant London Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

How important is it to check drainage? If there is necessary work, will they be troublesome to fix?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the impact heavy rainfall can have on property is overlooked by buyers. If you have only seen the residence on a sunny day, defects may not have been obvious. Signs that rainwater goods are at risk include flaking or efflorescence on external walls, and may lead to damp and mould. Whether buying in London or elsewhere, difficult rainwater goods does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often



simple to resolve, if maintenance is taken seriously. If untreated or poorly maintained, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

Traditionally built property

I am buying a 18th Century converted cow-house in London. What should be budgeted for repairs?

For traditionally-built London property, age can create issues for homeowners. Homes built using traditional methods can be costly to upkeep. You should be aware that specialist knowledge may be needed. Traditional materials may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of a home in one of London's conservation areas. This may mean that it is all the more vital that you get a building survey prior to exchanging. Discuss this with your surveyor for further advice. Erected between 1589 and 1538, Essex Lodge in Newnham is a traditional house of the time.

Gas flame

Does the local surveyor check the safety of the gas appliances?

Your qualified surveyor will visually look at any easily accessible parts of the system. A surveyor will want to inspect the mains gas installation at the building, in addition to gas associated installations, for instance chimney breasts or flues. External covers will not be detached. Gas can be deadly, should you have any concerns about gas, contact a gas safe engineer immediately.

Gas Safe certified UK based local companies include Snowik Limited of Unit 8, Windsor Park Industrial Estate, 50 Windsor Avenue, Wimbledon, London Tel. 08453720050 and Ryszard Bochentin of Flat 5, Trinity Court, London, . Tel. 0844 8127 347.

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    By Stewart Heasman May 29th, 2013

      This building has stone solid walls approximately 500mm to 700 mm thick. The construction appears to be based on random stone construction. The technique used, is to build the inner and outer “leaves” and to fill the central cavity with rubble and an ash lime mortar to provide a...

  • Missing restraint leads to roof spread

    By Scott Oke January 9th, 2013

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  • Timber cladding decay and repair

    By Stewart Heasman December 11th, 2012

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  • Scaffolding needed to fix parapet coping on London home

    By Stewart Heasman December 3rd, 2012

    A routine home buyers survey of the roof and parapet walls revealed missing coping at the apex of the pitched roof parapet on this London house. Coping (coping stones or coping units) are typically non porous caps that protect exposed masonry such as garden or parapet walls from the...

  • What are flashings and what do they do?

    By  November 19th, 2012

    Flashings are the junctions between the roof slopes and adjoining abutments and they are generally formed from lead.  The picture was taken on a recent survey and shows the sort of things we surveyors are on the look out for when carrying out a survey. In the case of this London...

  • Blocked drain potentially serious implications

    By  November 12th, 2012

        This London property is connected to the public sewer and the drainage system. Drainage consists of a separate drain for both surface water (for example rainwater, water from yard drains) and foul water (waste water from WCs, baths, showers sinks,...

  • Ever wondered where mice and vermin get in?

    By  November 12th, 2012

    Most Londoners are well aware that the vermin (mice, rats etc) population is on the increase. Extensive development often disturbs the habitats of mice driving them to look for new places to inhabit. Many argue that the falling standards of refuse collection are also to blame....

  • Wall ties are not always cause for concern

    By Martin Tate November 7th, 2012

    A  recent survey revealed the existence of some form of structural tie has been installed along the line of the stone arch to the old barn doors (the photograph shows the bolt ends) and it is likely this was done to provide an element of additional lateral tie between the original...

  • Excessive loading has led to split roof struts

    By Martin Tate October 5th, 2012

    A recent roof inspection during a Building Survey on this property revealed that two of the struts had split due to their size and the additional and excessive loading that the roof was exerting. Although not totally visible in the photo above, the splits were deep enough to compromise the struts...

  • Chimney has stack of problems

    By  September 28th, 2012

    There are chimney stacks on the roof slopes of this London home. The mortar joints are beginning to erode and some future re-pointing will be required. Due to an unsuitable vantage point, we were unable to inspect the haunching on the chimney. The chimney pots appear to be in...