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Valuation
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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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Which Home Survey do I need for my potential house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in South Hornchurch

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice if purchasing a property constructed from conventional building materials such as tile and brick, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in South Hornchurch

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in South Hornchurch) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Choose this for unconventional such as stone slab roof or older houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in South Hornchurch

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in South Hornchurch and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the South Hornchurch property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the South Hornchurch property's state of repair and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a South Hornchurch House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Can your HomeBuyer Report consider this?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Specific problems include considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a building. Visible results may be anything from cracks along the drawing room wall to sticking window frames. Steps like after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a house in South Hornchurch and spotted that the sitting room floor was uneven, could this be evidence of subsidence? What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to remedy this?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight. Many homes in South Hornchurch are erected with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

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 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 soil dries, this organic matter will rot. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

Damage resulting from flooding

When buying in South Hornchurch, should we be worried about a flood risk, and will the house surveyor consider possible flooding damage?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m homes are in danger of flood damage. Both home buyers and home owners in areas in danger of flooding are right to be worried. A flood risk alert service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency.

Flood water can enter a house through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. Less expensive preventative measures include the installation of air brick covers. The house surveyor will usually recommend that the home buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I choose a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in South Hornchurch and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the South Hornchurch property is a flat or maisonette, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the South Hornchurch property's state of repair and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a South Hornchurch House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The house I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Can your HomeBuyer Report consider this?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Specific problems include considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a building. Visible results may be anything from cracks along the drawing room wall to sticking window frames. Steps like after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are purchasing a house in South Hornchurch and spotted that the sitting room floor was uneven, could this be evidence of subsidence? What are the risks, and what solutions are to available to remedy this?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a house, but some degree of movement will always occur. Newer homes, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight. Many homes in South Hornchurch are erected with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

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 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 soil dries, this organic matter will rot. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

Damage resulting from flooding

When buying in South Hornchurch, should we be worried about a flood risk, and will the house surveyor consider possible flooding damage?

The Law Society estimate that 2.2m homes are in danger of flood damage. Both home buyers and home owners in areas in danger of flooding are right to be worried. A flood risk alert service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency.

Flood water can enter a house through a number of routes, including air bricks, poorly fitted doors and windows, and seepage through external walls. Less expensive preventative measures include the installation of air brick covers. The house surveyor will usually recommend that the home buyers seek legal advice on any related information mentioned in the report.

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