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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 building survey is the right choice for my intended house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Notting Hill

    The Homebuyer Report should be chosen if planning to buy a home made of conventional building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Notting Hill

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Notting Hill) is also conducted by a RICS surveyor and is more thorough. Opt for this for unconventional e.g. timber wall properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Notting Hill

    This is an independent valuation . This is often chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Notting Hill and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Notting Hill property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Notting Hill property's condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Notting Hill Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

External walls

In the HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of an red light rating defects for 'E4 - Main walls' ?

The surveyor's report on the condition of the external walls will consider all visible defects. Damp proofing, including the DPC, is also included here. Bricks that are too close to the soil level without proper damp-proofing is an example. The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, unlike some more complex survey reports. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 to show how serious the issues which the surveyor has discovered actually are. Red, or condition rating 3, defects are serious, or require immediate attention. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour commented that there is a possibility of damaged blue asbestos ceiling boards present in building. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a deleterious fibrous material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials e.g. walls.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has very good sound absorption properties, it may be found in wall panelling.

All forms including white are deadly and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. If found, care should be taken on no account to break asbestos and expert advice must be taken as soon as possible.

Surveyors cannot verify the presence of asbestos during a Notting Hill building survey. They will report on suspected asbestos and should recommend relevant tests.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does a Building survey in Notting Hill include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for site clearance) and how is it calculated?

A Homebuyer Report will contain a valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard. When calculating the property's value your RICS valuer will take into account awareness of the Notting Hill property market as well as other factors relating to the property for instance: accommodation The RICS surveyor will also consider materials used and will use other assumptions, for example there are no damaging materials. Surveyors don't value certain things like furnishings, for example curtains.

Further area conjectures, for example issues with access, are made in addition to any local environmental problems like intrusive noises or smells, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Notting Hill and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Notting Hill property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any substantial modifications, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Notting Hill property's condition in addition to advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a Notting Hill Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

External walls

In the HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of an red light rating defects for 'E4 - Main walls' ?

The surveyor's report on the condition of the external walls will consider all visible defects. Damp proofing, including the DPC, is also included here. Bricks that are too close to the soil level without proper damp-proofing is an example. The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to be user-friendly, unlike some more complex survey reports. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 to show how serious the issues which the surveyor has discovered actually are. Red, or condition rating 3, defects are serious, or require immediate attention. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given.



Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour commented that there is a possibility of damaged blue asbestos ceiling boards present in building. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a deleterious fibrous material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White are often building materials e.g. walls.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has very good sound absorption properties, it may be found in wall panelling.

All forms including white are deadly and may lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. If found, care should be taken on no account to break asbestos and expert advice must be taken as soon as possible.

Surveyors cannot verify the presence of asbestos during a Notting Hill building survey. They will report on suspected asbestos and should recommend relevant tests.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does a Building survey in Notting Hill include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for site clearance) and how is it calculated?

A Homebuyer Report will contain a valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard. When calculating the property's value your RICS valuer will take into account awareness of the Notting Hill property market as well as other factors relating to the property for instance: accommodation The RICS surveyor will also consider materials used and will use other assumptions, for example there are no damaging materials. Surveyors don't value certain things like furnishings, for example curtains.

Further area conjectures, for example issues with access, are made in addition to any local environmental problems like intrusive noises or smells, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

A Building Survey won't include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee by request. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

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