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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 Property Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Otford

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice if planning to purchase a home constructed from conventional materials such as tile & brick, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Otford

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Otford) is also carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this when buying a non standard property such as stone slab roof homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Otford

    This is an independent valuation . It is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Otford and of the 3, which one would be the cheapest?

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

If the Otford property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any major works on the property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap but it will give you comprehensive details of the Otford property's state of repair as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Otford Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses in Otford generate lots of maintenance costs for a new owner? Are there specific factors to bear in mind, and what will the survey reveal?

Buyers of a stone-built listed building should consider that upkeep respects the original fabric of the property. This is monitored by the local council. Issues including delaminated render affect many stone-walled buildings in Otford. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as repointing of loose or crumbling mortar.

The sheer breadth of varying stone materials can make it difficult for purchasers to correctly identify the particular stone used in the building of a home. Quarries in Otford should be able to supply local stone.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Borough Green Sandpits Ltd, Platt Industrial Estate, Maidstone Rd, Platt, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8JL, quarrying Sand, for details. Call 01732 885563 for more information.

Shocking Electrics

When we saw the unmodernised property we want to move into, it appeared that there is an unsafe electrical system - will the Otford surveyor write anything on any faults with the electrics?

When performing a Homebuyer Report in Otford the home surveyor will usually add detail on the overall electrical system if it is obvious that the electrics are in a hazardous state.

This will include a non invasive inspection of the superficial parts of the wiring or fusebox and other areas e.g. making sure that supplementary bonding is in the correct place. A check for the documents from any recent PIR carried out by a suitably qualified electrician should usually form part of the Homebuyer report in Otford. Inspecting the documentation from the most recent PIR handled by a suitably qualified electrician will usually be part of the Homebuyer report in Otford .

The Institute of Electrical Engineers advise that a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) need be completed every 10 years (or every 5 if letting out).

Traditionally built property

I am purchasing a dovecot. What effect will the age have on regular maintenance?

Many purchasers would like to own property with real personality. For traditionally-built Otford property, age, however, can often be problematic, and Buildings built with traditional methods can be a drain to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Especially for listed buildings, Traditional materials may be required. This may end up costing more than initially budgeted. If you have doubts, speak to your Otford surveyor for further advice.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Otford and of the 3, which one would be the cheapest?

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

If the Otford property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any major works on the property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap but it will give you comprehensive details of the Otford property's state of repair as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Otford Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses in Otford generate lots of maintenance costs for a new owner? Are there specific factors to bear in mind, and what will the survey reveal?

Buyers of a stone-built listed building should consider that upkeep respects the original fabric of the property. This is monitored by the local council. Issues including delaminated render affect many stone-walled buildings in Otford. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as repointing of loose or crumbling mortar.



The sheer breadth of varying stone materials can make it difficult for purchasers to correctly identify the particular stone used in the building of a home. Quarries in Otford should be able to supply local stone.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Borough Green Sandpits Ltd, Platt Industrial Estate, Maidstone Rd, Platt, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8JL, quarrying Sand, for details. Call 01732 885563 for more information.

Shocking Electrics

When we saw the unmodernised property we want to move into, it appeared that there is an unsafe electrical system - will the Otford surveyor write anything on any faults with the electrics?

When performing a Homebuyer Report in Otford the home surveyor will usually add detail on the overall electrical system if it is obvious that the electrics are in a hazardous state.

This will include a non invasive inspection of the superficial parts of the wiring or fusebox and other areas e.g. making sure that supplementary bonding is in the correct place. A check for the documents from any recent PIR carried out by a suitably qualified electrician should usually form part of the Homebuyer report in Otford. Inspecting the documentation from the most recent PIR handled by a suitably qualified electrician will usually be part of the Homebuyer report in Otford .

The Institute of Electrical Engineers advise that a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) need be completed every 10 years (or every 5 if letting out).

Traditionally built property

I am purchasing a dovecot. What effect will the age have on regular maintenance?

Many purchasers would like to own property with real personality. For traditionally-built Otford property, age, however, can often be problematic, and Buildings built with traditional methods can be a drain to upkeep. It is often the case that specialist knowledge is necessary. Especially for listed buildings, Traditional materials may be required. This may end up costing more than initially budgeted. If you have doubts, speak to your Otford surveyor for further advice.

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