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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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What Home Survey should I choose for my potential property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Norwood

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when planning to buy a home built from standard materials such as brick and tile, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Norwood

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Norwood) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more exhaustive. Select this survey for unconventional such as cellared buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Norwood

    This is an impartial valuation . This is usually chosen by cash purchasers or someone 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 property in Norwood and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Norwood property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, however it does give you comprehensive details of the Norwood property's general condition and it includes advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Norwood Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Norwood, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. Which issues relating to the loft will be investigated when the survey is carried out?

This often causes anxiety for purchasers who know how costly roofing work can be. Many properties can be blighted by damage to the roof, including. From the concrete tiles to the parapet walls, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. Flat roofs can also be a nuisance, caused by factors like being literally flat, as opposed to on a small incline so that water can drain correctly.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Norwood, but it is a health and safety necessity. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable roofing contractor in Norwood.

Damage resulting from flooding

When planning to buy in Norwood, should we be uneasy about a flood risk, and will the home buyers survey look for signs of water damage?

The lives of many property owners in Norwood and across the UK have suffered as a result of floods, and owning a property in or near a high-risk area can mean higher insurance premiums. The Environment Agency maintain a flood warning service, with regular updated risk assessments, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the house or on adjacent sites. Also included on Environment Agency's flood warning are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

Near Norwood, the Chaffinch Brook and St James Stream at Elmers End and Upper Elmers End, including South Norwood Country Park, London Boroughs of Bromley and Croydon status was recently updated by the Environment Agency.

*Information correct 04/01/13

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Norwood house and am quite worried that there is a danger of subsidence. Does a Property Survey discuss soil composition the report, and what defects will be reported on?

The content of soil around the foundations of a Norwood home will have an impact, with sub-soil shrinkage and soil swelling being relatively common. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Norwood home's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage.

Taking precautions, such as after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building, 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 select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a property in Norwood and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Norwood property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, however it does give you comprehensive details of the Norwood property's general condition and it includes advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Norwood Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Roof defects identified during a survey

We are buying a loft-conversion in Norwood, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. Which issues relating to the loft will be investigated when the survey is carried out?

This often causes anxiety for purchasers who know how costly roofing work can be. Many properties can be blighted by damage to the roof, including. From the concrete tiles to the parapet walls, the status of the whole roof should be reviewed. Flat roofs can also be a nuisance, caused by factors like being literally flat, as opposed to on a small incline so that water can drain correctly.

It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Norwood, but it is a health and safety necessity. A quote for the work could be sought from a reliable roofing contractor in Norwood.



Damage resulting from flooding

When planning to buy in Norwood, should we be uneasy about a flood risk, and will the home buyers survey look for signs of water damage?

The lives of many property owners in Norwood and across the UK have suffered as a result of floods, and owning a property in or near a high-risk area can mean higher insurance premiums. The Environment Agency maintain a flood warning service, with regular updated risk assessments, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the house or on adjacent sites. Also included on Environment Agency's flood warning are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

Near Norwood, the Chaffinch Brook and St James Stream at Elmers End and Upper Elmers End, including South Norwood Country Park, London Boroughs of Bromley and Croydon status was recently updated by the Environment Agency.

*Information correct 04/01/13

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I am purchasing a Norwood house and am quite worried that there is a danger of subsidence. Does a Property Survey discuss soil composition the report, and what defects will be reported on?

The content of soil around the foundations of a Norwood home will have an impact, with sub-soil shrinkage and soil swelling being relatively common. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Norwood home's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage.

Taking precautions, such as after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building, 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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