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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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Looking for a Home Buyers Survey? Which one should you opt for?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Osterley Park

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to buy a property made of standard materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Osterley Park

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Osterley Park) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this for unconventional , for example a thatched roof property.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Osterley Park

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This report is usually chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Osterley Park and of the 3, which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Osterley Park property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give exhaustive analysis of the Osterley Park property's condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Osterley Park Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rain an issue in Osterley Park, and does our home buyers survey mention it? Could damaged downspouts lower the property value?

As a frequent surveyor of houses in the area, I find it strange that the effect which heavy rainfall has on your property is not given the attention it deserves. One indication that drainage are damaged is mildew or damp in the roof, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve for a reasonable cost, unless they are not unblocked on a regular basis. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We found cracks across the render on the outside walls, is this subsidence? What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to remedy this?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. Recently built homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. In some older homes cracks appear in the Summer which, as it gets colder, will close up when the materials absorb moisture.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high gravel content, as this soil is more easily washed away by flooding. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Traditionally built property

I am purchasing an old renovated farmhouse. What consequences will the structure have on repairs?

A property's age can create issues for homeowners, and Osterley Park property employing traditional methods can be a chore to repair. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. .

Construction materials, such as original bricks, may also need to be sourced. This can mean it is a good idea to discuss current upkeep needs with the seller. If you plan to make alterations to a period property, discuss options with your building surveyor for further advice.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we choose a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a property in Osterley Park and of the 3, which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, however it is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Osterley Park property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, you should you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give exhaustive analysis of the Osterley Park property's condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice you can get an instant Osterley Park Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is rain an issue in Osterley Park, and does our home buyers survey mention it? Could damaged downspouts lower the property value?

As a frequent surveyor of houses in the area, I find it strange that the effect which heavy rainfall has on your property is not given the attention it deserves. One indication that drainage are damaged is mildew or damp in the roof, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to resolve for a reasonable cost, unless they are not unblocked on a regular basis. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We found cracks across the render on the outside walls, is this subsidence? What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to remedy this?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, but some degree of movement will always occur. Recently built homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. In some older homes cracks appear in the Summer which, as it gets colder, will close up when the materials absorb moisture.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high gravel content, as this soil is more easily washed away by flooding. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the water level falls and the soil dries out, this organic matter will decompose. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Traditionally built property

I am purchasing an old renovated farmhouse. What consequences will the structure have on repairs?

A property's age can create issues for homeowners, and Osterley Park property employing traditional methods can be a chore to repair. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. .

Construction materials, such as original bricks, may also need to be sourced. This can mean it is a good idea to discuss current upkeep needs with the seller. If you plan to make alterations to a period property, discuss options with your building surveyor for further advice.

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