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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 I select for my planned property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Ponders End

    The Homebuyer Report should be selected when planning to purchase a home made of standard building materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Ponders End

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Ponders End) will also be carried out by a RICS qualified surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this for non standard , for example thatched properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Ponders End

    This is an impartial valuation . This is often chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Ponders End and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Ponders End property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap however it will offer a thorough analysis of the Ponders End property's condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant Ponders End Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

External walls

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Ponders End residential property what does a green light rating mean for 'E4 - Main walls' ?

All visible issues relating to the outside elevations and foundations are checked, an in-depth building survey may be required if serious foundational issues are suspected. Observations on the Damp Proof Course are also reported here. Missing bricks, for example, would be reported here.

RICS created the HomeBuyer Report to give purchasers a clear and easy to read report on the condition of the home they plan to buy, unlike some more complex survey reports. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. A condition rating of 1 states that no repair work is needed. This rating does not, however, mean that no future maintenance is required. Regular upkeep may still be appropriate or even necessary. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a home in Ponders End and noticed cracks down the gable wall, could this be evidence of subsidence? What options are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement usually occurs in recently built homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle.

Cracks that appear without warning may suggest movement and subsidence. Signs of potential subsidence include new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. 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. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The brick chimney on this home in Ponders End looks in bad shape. What are the possible consequences?

Brick-built Ponders End flats feature several advantages in comparison to other forms of building. Unfortunately, they also be subject to a number of issues. The chartered surveyor would usually include these, with directions for remedy. One problem often found is diagonal cracking caused by ground movement.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider ornate Della Robbia bond paving. The apparent simplicity of brick repairs compared to plumbing or rewiring can lead to a DIY effort making a situation worse. Seek advice before undertaking such work, and do not disregard your surveyors advice.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Ponders End and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Ponders End property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any major works, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap however it will offer a thorough analysis of the Ponders End property's condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant Ponders End Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

External walls

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Ponders End residential property what does a green light rating mean for 'E4 - Main walls' ?

All visible issues relating to the outside elevations and foundations are checked, an in-depth building survey may be required if serious foundational issues are suspected. Observations on the Damp Proof Course are also reported here. Missing bricks, for example, would be reported here.

RICS created the HomeBuyer Report to give purchasers a clear and easy to read report on the condition of the home they plan to buy, unlike some more complex survey reports. Your property surveyor will mark each aspect of the property included in Section E with either a green, orange or red rating, to indicate the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. A condition rating of 1 states that no repair work is needed. This rating does not, however, mean that no future maintenance is required. Regular upkeep may still be appropriate or even necessary. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a home in Ponders End and noticed cracks down the gable wall, could this be evidence of subsidence? What options are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement usually occurs in recently built homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle.

Cracks that appear without warning may suggest movement and subsidence. Signs of potential subsidence include new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. 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. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The brick chimney on this home in Ponders End looks in bad shape. What are the possible consequences?

Brick-built Ponders End flats feature several advantages in comparison to other forms of building. Unfortunately, they also be subject to a number of issues. The chartered surveyor would usually include these, with directions for remedy. One problem often found is diagonal cracking caused by ground movement.

For buyers interested in less common uses of brick, consider ornate Della Robbia bond paving. The apparent simplicity of brick repairs compared to plumbing or rewiring can lead to a DIY effort making a situation worse. Seek advice before undertaking such work, and do not disregard your surveyors advice.

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