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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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Looking for a Building Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Mitcham

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected if planning to purchase a home constructed from conventional building materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Mitcham

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Mitcham) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this survey when buying a non standard , for example stone slab roof homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Mitcham

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Mitcham and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Mitcham property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any alterations, you should you commission a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will offer comprehensive details of the Mitcham property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant Mitcham Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Conservation area

Will there be any things I should be aware of if planning to buy a property in Mitcham in conservation area ?

There are over 9, 000 official conservation areas in the UK which are governed by the local authority. Mitcham surveyors are required by RICS to have sufficient knowledge of local area issues and the connection may have on the home. House prices will be inflated owing to them being preserved.

Surveyors are expected report if the property looks to be so designated and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your Mitcham Homebuyer Report will advise suitable questions are conducted by your legal adviser. Unauthorised changes that do not have Local Authority approval will also be reported in the Mitcham survey, however these should be investigated by your conveyancer.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The agent suggested subsidence could be a concern impacting the apartment. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture builds up in the soil, causing the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

In some cases, subsidence or movement is challenging to identify, due to the fact that the usual signs could easily be as the result of several factors. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the RICS Surveyor be looking for on a stipple rendered (stucco) Victorian detached house in Mitcham that I wish to buy.

Stucco is in fact just a kind of smooth render. Normally it is layered over brick to form an even finish. The effect is very aesthetic and is found on Victorian houses for example. it can be problematic and Surveyors in Mitcham sometimes reveal defects which can include trapped moisture leading to internal damp problems

Another example of problems associated with stucco could involve sulphate attack from sulphates absorbed from brickwork. Re-applying problems can be dear as skilled tradesmen are becoming harder to find.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we have a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in Mitcham and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Mitcham property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out any alterations, you should you commission a Building Survey instead. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will offer comprehensive details of the Mitcham property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain an instant Mitcham Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Conservation area

Will there be any things I should be aware of if planning to buy a property in Mitcham in conservation area ?

There are over 9, 000 official conservation areas in the UK which are governed by the local authority. Mitcham surveyors are required by RICS to have sufficient knowledge of local area issues and the connection may have on the home. House prices will be inflated owing to them being preserved.

Surveyors are expected report if the property looks to be so designated and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of your Mitcham Homebuyer Report will advise suitable questions are conducted by your legal adviser. Unauthorised changes that do not have Local Authority approval will also be reported in the Mitcham survey, however these should be investigated by your conveyancer.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The agent suggested subsidence could be a concern impacting the apartment. How could this affect the property, and what can be done to remedy subsidence if it is identified?

Movement of a structure on a structural level is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed moisture builds up in the soil, causing the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

In some cases, subsidence or movement is challenging to identify, due to the fact that the usual signs could easily be as the result of several factors. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. As an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the RICS Surveyor be looking for on a stipple rendered (stucco) Victorian detached house in Mitcham that I wish to buy.

Stucco is in fact just a kind of smooth render. Normally it is layered over brick to form an even finish. The effect is very aesthetic and is found on Victorian houses for example. it can be problematic and Surveyors in Mitcham sometimes reveal defects which can include trapped moisture leading to internal damp problems

Another example of problems associated with stucco could involve sulphate attack from sulphates absorbed from brickwork. Re-applying problems can be dear as skilled tradesmen are becoming harder to find.

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