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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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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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.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be the cause of many issues for Otford house? Does the House Survey cover this?

The adverse impact clay soil can have on a home can be significant, with groundwater level variations and considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content being relatively common. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. Signs like sticking doors can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Otford, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the home. 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.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour commented that there could be some brown asbestos roof tiles affecting the house. What is asbestos and how is it remedied?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous mineral of several naturally occurring materials. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials for example insulating board. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good fire retarding properties, it may be found in coatings spayed on beams.

All forms are ultimately potentially deadly and may lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods.

If discovered, one must be careful never to displace the asbestos and professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. You should never attempt to handle it yourself.

Surveyors do not tell you whether there is asbestos on a Otford survey. They will report on possible asbestos and should inform you of the options.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Do I need to consider gutters? Also, if there is a problem, will they be expensive to fix?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the impact high levels of rainfall can have on buildings is not considered by home buyers. For example, spalling masonry suggest that the downspouts are blocked.

Whether buying in Otford or elsewhere, difficult downspouts does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to remedy, unless they are poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

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.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be the cause of many issues for Otford house? Does the House Survey cover this?

The adverse impact clay soil can have on a home can be significant, with groundwater level variations and considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content being relatively common. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. Signs like sticking doors can be an early warning, suggesting severe underlying structural deficiencies. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Otford, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the home. 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.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour commented that there could be some brown asbestos roof tiles affecting the house. What is asbestos and how is it remedied?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous mineral of several naturally occurring materials. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials for example insulating board. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good fire retarding properties, it may be found in coatings spayed on beams.

All forms are ultimately potentially deadly and may lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods.

If discovered, one must be careful never to displace the asbestos and professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. You should never attempt to handle it yourself.

Surveyors do not tell you whether there is asbestos on a Otford survey. They will report on possible asbestos and should inform you of the options.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Do I need to consider gutters? Also, if there is a problem, will they be expensive to fix?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the impact high levels of rainfall can have on buildings is not considered by home buyers. For example, spalling masonry suggest that the downspouts are blocked.

Whether buying in Otford or elsewhere, difficult downspouts does not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to remedy, unless they are poorly maintained. The damage will steadily get harder to remedy, so do not be tempted to ignore the signs.

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