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

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in North West London

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen if you are buying a property built from conventional materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in North West London

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in North West London) will also be conducted by a RICS chartered surveyor and is more exhaustive. Opt for this survey when buying a non standard , for example stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in North West London

    This is an impartial valuation . It is typically chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in North West London and which one is cheaper?

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

If the North West London property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make an extension, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it does give a more detailed analysis of the North West London property's general condition along with advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get a North West London House Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a flood risk in North West London, and will the house surveyor check flooding, or whether flooding has affected nearby homes?

Flooding has become a serious concern, more so after it was reported that last year was the second wettest on record (source: The Met Office), and owning a residence in or near a high-risk area can mean higher insurance premiums. The Environment Agency maintain a flood danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments.

Flood water can enter a home through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. An awareness of characteristics of the North West London area likely to affect the home also enables the residential surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The residential surveyor may ask the current owner if the home has previously flooded. Note that the response to such enquires should not be exclusively relied upon.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We noticed a gap below the skirting board in the lounge when we last viewed the house. What are the risks, and what options are to available to fix this?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures will experience cracking at some stage. In some older structures cracks may be visible in the Summer months that close up in the Winter when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

Subsidence-related cracks are commonly wider at the top than at the bottom. Inside, keep an eye out for fresh cracks in brick or plaster.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Conservation area

Are there any potential pitfalls I need to be wary of if buying a house in North West London in a conservation area?

There are many thousands official conservation areas throughout the country which are governed by the local council.

Home Buyers Surveys in North West London are required by RICS to have knowledge of local area factors and any bearing they have with the property and its value. House prices is, more often than not, enhanced as a result of them resisting change. However many of them are falling into have fallen into poor condition for example - out of keeping extensions

Surveyors can be expected to inform you if the home looks to be so designated and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a North West London Homebuyer Report will recommend further investigations are carried out by your legal adviser. Unapproved adjustments to the building should be noted in the survey, however these should be concern for your lawyer.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in North West London and which one is cheaper?

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

If the North West London property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make an extension, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap, however it does give a more detailed analysis of the North West London property's general condition along with advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not get a North West London House Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a flood risk in North West London, and will the house surveyor check flooding, or whether flooding has affected nearby homes?

Flooding has become a serious concern, more so after it was reported that last year was the second wettest on record (source: The Met Office), and owning a residence in or near a high-risk area can mean higher insurance premiums. The Environment Agency maintain a flood danger alert service, with regular updated risk assessments.

Flood water can enter a home through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. An awareness of characteristics of the North West London area likely to affect the home also enables the residential surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The residential surveyor may ask the current owner if the home has previously flooded. Note that the response to such enquires should not be exclusively relied upon.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We noticed a gap below the skirting board in the lounge when we last viewed the house. What are the risks, and what options are to available to fix this?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures will experience cracking at some stage. In some older structures cracks may be visible in the Summer months that close up in the Winter when the materials draw in water, but cracks like these are generally benign.

Subsidence-related cracks are commonly wider at the top than at the bottom. Inside, keep an eye out for fresh cracks in brick or plaster.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Conservation area

Are there any potential pitfalls I need to be wary of if buying a house in North West London in a conservation area?

There are many thousands official conservation areas throughout the country which are governed by the local council.

Home Buyers Surveys in North West London are required by RICS to have knowledge of local area factors and any bearing they have with the property and its value. House prices is, more often than not, enhanced as a result of them resisting change. However many of them are falling into have fallen into poor condition for example - out of keeping extensions

Surveyors can be expected to inform you if the home looks to be so designated and the Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a North West London Homebuyer Report will recommend further investigations are carried out by your legal adviser. Unapproved adjustments to the building should be noted in the survey, however these should be concern for your lawyer.

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