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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 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.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A builder has suggested subsidence is a concern. What are the risks, and what subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor examine?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement does occur in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, but this should settle after a short while. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree.

Cracks that appear without warning could indicate subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. 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. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Landfill site near home

What should I be fearful of when buying a home in the region a rubbish tip

Sites used for landfill take many forms for example: inert rubbish. Nobody would want to live near one (most people do live within 1.5m of one!). Risks include complex organic chemicals. Health issues for example birth defects have been associated with landfill sites .

Notting Hill RICS surveyors will consider structural issues linked to the landfill. Your lawyer will carry out environmental searches of the Environmental Agency data sets and Westminster Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is it recommended that we check gutters? Will the Notting Hill surveyor report on this? And could it affect the property value?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the effect which rainfall has on houses in Notting Hill is usually overlooked. If you have only visited the house you are buying in dry conditions, defects may not have been obvious. Signs that downspouts are worth a closer look include a waterlogged garden. This could then result in damage to foundations.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to repair fairly cheaply. If poorly maintained, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

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.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A builder has suggested subsidence is a concern. What are the risks, and what subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor examine?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement does occur in newer homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, but this should settle after a short while. Heave is less common, and is caused by the death or removal of a large shrub or tree.

Cracks that appear without warning could indicate subsidence. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then decomposes, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.



Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. 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. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

Landfill site near home

What should I be fearful of when buying a home in the region a rubbish tip

Sites used for landfill take many forms for example: inert rubbish. Nobody would want to live near one (most people do live within 1.5m of one!). Risks include complex organic chemicals. Health issues for example birth defects have been associated with landfill sites .

Notting Hill RICS surveyors will consider structural issues linked to the landfill. Your lawyer will carry out environmental searches of the Environmental Agency data sets and Westminster Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is it recommended that we check gutters? Will the Notting Hill surveyor report on this? And could it affect the property value?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the effect which rainfall has on houses in Notting Hill is usually overlooked. If you have only visited the house you are buying in dry conditions, defects may not have been obvious. Signs that downspouts are worth a closer look include a waterlogged garden. This could then result in damage to foundations.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to repair fairly cheaply. If poorly maintained, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

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