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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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What building survey should I pick for my intended property purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Purley

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if you are purchasing a property built from standard building materials such as brick and tile, in reasonable repair and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Purley

    The RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Purley) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor and is more comprehensive. Select this for unconventional e.g. wood frame houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Purley

    This is an independent valuation . It is typically chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Purley and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Purley property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any works or an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give an in-depth analysis of the Purley property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more details get a Purley Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor suggested subsidence is a concern. What subsidence-related defects will my property survey review?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement will occur in newly constructed buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. Less common than subsidence, but which can be as damaging to a home, heave describes the movement of earth upwards.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high sand content, as this soil is more easily washed away by flooding. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose 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.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Purley properties at risk, and does a property surveyor inquire into flooding damage?

Flooding has blighted the lives of thousands of homeowners in Purley and across the country, and home purchasers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure.

Flood water can enter a Purley property through several routes, including badly fitted air bricks. Less expensive preventative measures include the installation of air brick covers. The surveyor may ask the estate agent if the Purley property has previously flooded. Note that the response to such enquires should not be exclusively relied upon.

The Environment Agency have updated the status for the River Thames at Purley Village, near Purley, to 'No warnings'.

*04/01/2013

Conservatory

For the Purley HomeBuyer Report, what impact will a Condition rating 2 have on conservatory and porches?

A condition rating of two means that the element covered will need work at some point. The condition of this particular aspect of the property is unlikely to require urgent work, however. RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate the seriousness of any issues included in the survey.

E7 elements are visually inspected. Any signs of inappropriate use, such as using a conservatory as a bedroom or kitchen will also be mentioned in the report. Steps or landing areas which are settling or heaving is an example.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Purley and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Purley property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any works or an extension, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give an in-depth analysis of the Purley property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more details get a Purley Home Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The vendor suggested subsidence is a concern. What subsidence-related defects will my property survey review?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement will occur in newly constructed buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The building's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. Less common than subsidence, but which can be as damaging to a home, heave describes the movement of earth upwards.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a high sand content, as this soil is more easily washed away by flooding. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose 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.



Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.Though tree roots are often the cause, removal of this plant life may make the problem worse, so professional advice should be sought. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Damage resulting from flooding

Are Purley properties at risk, and does a property surveyor inquire into flooding damage?

Flooding has blighted the lives of thousands of homeowners in Purley and across the country, and home purchasers cannot know that insurance against flooding will continue to be available.

As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure.

Flood water can enter a Purley property through several routes, including badly fitted air bricks. Less expensive preventative measures include the installation of air brick covers. The surveyor may ask the estate agent if the Purley property has previously flooded. Note that the response to such enquires should not be exclusively relied upon.

The Environment Agency have updated the status for the River Thames at Purley Village, near Purley, to 'No warnings'.

*04/01/2013

Conservatory

For the Purley HomeBuyer Report, what impact will a Condition rating 2 have on conservatory and porches?

A condition rating of two means that the element covered will need work at some point. The condition of this particular aspect of the property is unlikely to require urgent work, however. RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate the seriousness of any issues included in the survey.

E7 elements are visually inspected. Any signs of inappropriate use, such as using a conservatory as a bedroom or kitchen will also be mentioned in the report. Steps or landing areas which are settling or heaving is an example.

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