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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.

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.

Damage resulting from flooding

What's the danger of flooding in Mitcham. Can a Mitcham surveyor investigate water damage, or whether flooding has affected nearby homes?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m properties are exposed to water damage caused by flooding; sensible owners and house purchasers in Mitcham are right to consider precautions. A flood warning service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency. Flood water can enter a residence through several routes, including seepage through external walls. An awareness of characteristics of the Mitcham area likely to affect the residence also enables the property surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk, the data used to compile third-party flood assessments also takes into account flood defences and historic claims.

No flood alerts were made for Mitcham, according to the Environment Agency.

*This information correct - 04/01/13

Shocking Electrics

When we were shown the house we want to acquire, the agent said that there were damaged electrical sockets, will a Mitcham survey advise the general state of the electrical system?

When performing a Home Survey in Mitcham the surveyor will usually make a note on the electrics if it is obvious that the electrics are in a dangerous state. He or she should also focus on possible problems relating to things like verifying the state of the fitted appliances like storage heaters or checking the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings and switch gear. Inspecting the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by a suitably qualified electrician should be part of the Homebuyer report in Mitcham.

The IEE advocate that an electrical system check should be carried out every 10 years (5 if letting).

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.

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.

Damage resulting from flooding

What's the danger of flooding in Mitcham. Can a Mitcham surveyor investigate water damage, or whether flooding has affected nearby homes?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m properties are exposed to water damage caused by flooding; sensible owners and house purchasers in Mitcham are right to consider precautions. A flood warning service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency. Flood water can enter a residence through several routes, including seepage through external walls. An awareness of characteristics of the Mitcham area likely to affect the residence also enables the property surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk, the data used to compile third-party flood assessments also takes into account flood defences and historic claims.

No flood alerts were made for Mitcham, according to the Environment Agency.

*This information correct - 04/01/13

Shocking Electrics

When we were shown the house we want to acquire, the agent said that there were damaged electrical sockets, will a Mitcham survey advise the general state of the electrical system?

When performing a Home Survey in Mitcham the surveyor will usually make a note on the electrics if it is obvious that the electrics are in a dangerous state. He or she should also focus on possible problems relating to things like verifying the state of the fitted appliances like storage heaters or checking the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings and switch gear. Inspecting the documents from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by a suitably qualified electrician should be part of the Homebuyer report in Mitcham.

The IEE advocate that an electrical system check should be carried out every 10 years (5 if letting).

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