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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 is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Sevenoaks

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when buying a property built from standard building materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Sevenoaks

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Sevenoaks) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this when buying a non standard property such as box frame construction homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Sevenoaks

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . This is usually chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Sevenoaks and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Sevenoaks property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it does provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Sevenoaks property's general condition and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Sevenoaks Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence-related matters will the Property Surveyor look into?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes will experience cracking at some stage. New buildings in Sevenoaks and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a greater-than-average concentration of sand, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks.

This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate and how does the surveyor work it out?

A Homebuyer Report on a Sevenoaks property will include an impartial valuation and a reinstatement cost. To ascertain the correct valuation your chartered surveyor will take into account awareness of the Sevenoaks property market and other considerations about the property for instance: size The RICS surveyor will also consider style of architecture and will draw upon key assumptions such as the ground is not land filled.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The valuation also assumes that there is an absence of any expensive legal problems for example the possibility of legal enquiries revealing legal issue that might affect value. Such concerns will be unravelled by your conveyancing solicitor.

Additional local Sevenoaks area conjectures, like connection to sewers, are made in addition to environmental problems like busy roads, which will also be factored in.

Damage resulting from flooding

Would our house surveyor check for flooding?

Soil-clogged drainage, rain and overflowing steams can all result in extensive flood damage, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. A flood danger alert service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures. An awareness of characteristics of the Sevenoaks area likely to affect the residence also enables the home surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The home surveyor will usually recommend that the property buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Sevenoaks and which one is cheaper?

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

If the Sevenoaks property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any an extension, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap but it does provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Sevenoaks property's general condition and it includes advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Sevenoaks Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence-related matters will the Property Surveyor look into?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a home which compromises its structural integrity. Most homes will experience cracking at some stage. New buildings in Sevenoaks and properties with new structural alterations will be particularly susceptible.

This issue can occur in areas with soil with a greater-than-average concentration of sand, as this soil is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. In some cases, the presence of buried organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also destabilise parts of the property's foundations. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks.



This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

As well as reporting on condition, will I get a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate and how does the surveyor work it out?

A Homebuyer Report on a Sevenoaks property will include an impartial valuation and a reinstatement cost. To ascertain the correct valuation your chartered surveyor will take into account awareness of the Sevenoaks property market and other considerations about the property for instance: size The RICS surveyor will also consider style of architecture and will draw upon key assumptions such as the ground is not land filled.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The valuation also assumes that there is an absence of any expensive legal problems for example the possibility of legal enquiries revealing legal issue that might affect value. Such concerns will be unravelled by your conveyancing solicitor.

Additional local Sevenoaks area conjectures, like connection to sewers, are made in addition to environmental problems like busy roads, which will also be factored in.

Damage resulting from flooding

Would our house surveyor check for flooding?

Soil-clogged drainage, rain and overflowing steams can all result in extensive flood damage, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. A flood danger alert service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency, and a property surveyor will advise on repairs or preventative measures. An awareness of characteristics of the Sevenoaks area likely to affect the residence also enables the home surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. The home surveyor will usually recommend that the property buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

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