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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 HomeBuyers Survey should I choose for my potential house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in New Eltham

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice if purchasing a home made of standard 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 New Eltham

    The RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in New Eltham) is also conducted by a RICS accredited surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this for an unconventional property, for example architecturally unusual houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in New Eltham

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in New Eltham and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the New Eltham property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any major works, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the New Eltham property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant New Eltham Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have heard that subsidence in New Eltham has been an issue. What can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the property survey?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property. In general, homes in New Eltham are built with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

In clay soil regions, a dry spell will lower the water table. This dries out, causing the clay to contract, putting a strain on the foundations and causing movement. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which begins to rot, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought.

Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A New Eltham surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Shocking Electrics

When I viewed the thirties house I want to move into, the agent said that there were damaged electrical sockets, does a surveyor advise the wiring and fusebox?

When performing a Homebuyer Report in New Eltham a qualified surveyor will usually comment on the electrics if it is clear that they are in a poor state of repair. He or she should also give detail on things like examining the state of repair of any fixed electrical appliances e.g. storage radiators. A check for the documents from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by an electrician will be part of the survey. Looking at any evidence of the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will usually form part of the survey.

The IEE suggest that a Periodic Inspection be conducted at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Does the New Eltham HomeBuyer Report cover this, and what defects will be reported on?

There are more than a handful of issues associated with clay soil, with subsidence being a common example. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. Signs like sticking doors or small cracks in the kitchen wall can be early indications of very serious structural issues.

Taking precautions, such as swift repair of any collapsed drains, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in New Eltham and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey but is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the New Eltham property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any major works, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap however it does give you a more detailed analysis of the New Eltham property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant New Eltham Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have heard that subsidence in New Eltham has been an issue. What can be done to remedy subsidence if subsidence is found during the property survey?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the property. In general, homes in New Eltham are built with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

In clay soil regions, a dry spell will lower the water table. This dries out, causing the clay to contract, putting a strain on the foundations and causing movement. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which begins to rot, can also destabilise all or part of a foundation. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found.This need not be expensive.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought.



Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Unfortunately, even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can in rare cases take months. A New Eltham surveyor can offer some advice and guidance if this may be the case.

Shocking Electrics

When I viewed the thirties house I want to move into, the agent said that there were damaged electrical sockets, does a surveyor advise the wiring and fusebox?

When performing a Homebuyer Report in New Eltham a qualified surveyor will usually comment on the electrics if it is clear that they are in a poor state of repair. He or she should also give detail on things like examining the state of repair of any fixed electrical appliances e.g. storage radiators. A check for the documents from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by an electrician will be part of the survey. Looking at any evidence of the most recent Periodic Inspection Report carried out by a suitably qualified electrician will usually form part of the survey.

The IEE suggest that a Periodic Inspection be conducted at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Does the New Eltham HomeBuyer Report cover this, and what defects will be reported on?

There are more than a handful of issues associated with clay soil, with subsidence being a common example. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. Signs like sticking doors or small cracks in the kitchen wall can be early indications of very serious structural issues.

Taking precautions, such as swift repair of any collapsed drains, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

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