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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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Need a Property Survey ? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in South Croydon

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when purchasing a property made of conventional building materials i.e. brick and tile, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in South Croydon

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in South Croydon) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard e.g. stone wall homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in South Croydon

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . It is typically chosen by cash buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in South Croydon and which is cheaper?

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

If the South Croydon property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will give a thorough analysis of the South Croydon property's general condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant South Croydon Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are purchasing a 17th Century cottage in South Croydon. What impact will the age have on regular maintenance?

Vernacular architecture can create difficulties for an owner, and Property constructed with traditional methods can be difficult to repair. It is often the case that expert knowledge is necessary. Especially for listed property, Traditional materials may be required.

Stone block wall damage

Will a house with stone walls create issues? Which major defects should we consider?

There is a long list of defects and issues associated with stone-built property. Defects affecting stone-built homes in South Croydon can vary, delamination being relatively common.

Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify fast replacement of any stones which have become loose.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The home we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. Does a South Croydon Home Buyers Survey discuss soil composition the report?

A common source of queries that surveyors face from home buyers is subsidence, particularly in areas where the soil is rich in clay. Specific issues include movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a property in South Croydon and which is cheaper?

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

If the South Croydon property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will give a thorough analysis of the South Croydon property's general condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get an instant South Croydon Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are purchasing a 17th Century cottage in South Croydon. What impact will the age have on regular maintenance?

Vernacular architecture can create difficulties for an owner, and Property constructed with traditional methods can be difficult to repair. It is often the case that expert knowledge is necessary. Especially for listed property, Traditional materials may be required.



Stone block wall damage

Will a house with stone walls create issues? Which major defects should we consider?

There is a long list of defects and issues associated with stone-built property. Defects affecting stone-built homes in South Croydon can vary, delamination being relatively common.

Stone walls are either regular (cut) or irregular in structure, each of which will provoke particular concerns. These walls will need frequent upkeep.

Ask you surveyor for details, but the report may specify fast replacement of any stones which have become loose.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The home we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. Does a South Croydon Home Buyers Survey discuss soil composition the report?

A common source of queries that surveyors face from home buyers is subsidence, particularly in areas where the soil is rich in clay. Specific issues include movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building. If you are particularly concerned about a crack or other sign of movement, the surveyor can also report on whether it is recent, or an indication of much earlier subsidence.

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