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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 Home Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Richmond Upon Thames

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when purchasing a home built from conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Richmond Upon Thames

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Richmond Upon Thames) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Choose this survey when buying a non standard e.g. stone houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Richmond Upon Thames

    This is a professional valuation . This report is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Richmond Upon Thames and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is essentially the same.

If the Richmond Upon Thames property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any major works, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it does offer a thorough analysis of the Richmond Upon Thames property's general condition as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Richmond Upon Thames House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Chimney stacks

In the HomeBuyer Report, what effect can a green light rating have on chimney stacks?

The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand. As buyers in Richmond Upon Thames are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. The report uses colour coded condition ratings to give house purchasers a clear understanding of the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Aspects of the property in good or excellent condition are marked as 'green' with a condition rating of 1. Elements of Section E marked as condition rating 1 may however still require regular maintenance. Not inspected' is used to indicate those subsections of Section E which do not apply to the Richmond Upon Thames residence. 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.

These elements are visually reviewed from the ground if the roof is difficult to access. A missing or cracked chimney cap would be reported here, for example.

Stone block wall damage

Will a residential property with stone walls cause issues? What should we be particularly aware of?

Stone walls are often ignored by home buyers due to their apparent strength and solidity. Defects such as algae affect many stone-walled Richmond Upon Thames buildings. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. 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. Maintenance tips include monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change.

Damage resulting from flooding

When intending to purchase in Richmond Upon Thames, should we be nervous about a flood risk, and will the HomeBuyer Report check signs of flooding, or whether flooding has affected other houses on the street?

A wide variety of factors can cause flooding damage, from inadequate drainage to tidal activity, and the value of a home in an at-risk area may be impacted. It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes. In addition, the HomeBuyer Report may outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep.Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect home enables the RICS surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. Also included on Environment Agency's flood warning are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Richmond Upon Thames and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey but is essentially the same.

If the Richmond Upon Thames property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any major works, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it does offer a thorough analysis of the Richmond Upon Thames property's general condition as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Richmond Upon Thames House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Chimney stacks

In the HomeBuyer Report, what effect can a green light rating have on chimney stacks?

The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand. As buyers in Richmond Upon Thames are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. The report uses colour coded condition ratings to give house purchasers a clear understanding of the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Aspects of the property in good or excellent condition are marked as 'green' with a condition rating of 1. Elements of Section E marked as condition rating 1 may however still require regular maintenance. Not inspected' is used to indicate those subsections of Section E which do not apply to the Richmond Upon Thames residence. 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.



These elements are visually reviewed from the ground if the roof is difficult to access. A missing or cracked chimney cap would be reported here, for example.

Stone block wall damage

Will a residential property with stone walls cause issues? What should we be particularly aware of?

Stone walls are often ignored by home buyers due to their apparent strength and solidity. Defects such as algae affect many stone-walled Richmond Upon Thames buildings. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. 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. Maintenance tips include monitoring of natural wear, watching for signs of sudden or severe change.

Damage resulting from flooding

When intending to purchase in Richmond Upon Thames, should we be nervous about a flood risk, and will the HomeBuyer Report check signs of flooding, or whether flooding has affected other houses on the street?

A wide variety of factors can cause flooding damage, from inadequate drainage to tidal activity, and the value of a home in an at-risk area may be impacted. It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes. In addition, the HomeBuyer Report may outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep.Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect home enables the RICS surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. Also included on Environment Agency's flood warning are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

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