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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 HomeBuyers Survey should I choose for my property purchase in South Kensington?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in South Kensington

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if purchasing a property made of standard building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in South Kensington

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in South Kensington) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor and is more thorough. Select this for unconventional such as stone slab roof houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in South Kensington

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

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HomeBuyer Report

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

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

If the South Kensington property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it does provide you with comprehensive details of the South Kensington property's condition as well as advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details get a South Kensington Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have heard that clay soil can cause problems for properties in South Kensington. Can we expect the HomeBuyer Report to mention this, and what defects will be reported on?

Clay soil can create a range of issues for home owners, with shrinking of clay soil and considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content being relatively common. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a home, such as small cracks in the drawing room ceiling. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the home will be considered. If soil moisture levels must

be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Conservatory

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in South Kensington, what might 'E7 - Conservatory and porches' refer to?

The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand. Three colour coded ratings give an understanding of the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. The structured format for the HomeBuyer Report is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any buyers. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property. This section covers conservatories and porches. The type and condition of these parts should also be reported on. Steps or landing areas which are settling or heaving, for example, is included in Section E.

Landfill site near home

What should we be worried about when buying a maisonette proximate to a rubbish landfill

Landfill Sites come in many shapes and sizes for example: commercial refuse disposal. Understandably, no one would want to live near one (80% of people live under 2km away from one). Worries might include leaking underground tanks from petrol stations for example .

Surveyors will note structural issues resulting from the landfill. Your lawyer will carry out conveyancing and environmental searches of the Landmark databases and Kensington and Chelsea Local Authority and advise you .

HomeBuyer Report

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

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

If the South Kensington property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension, it would be better that you select a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it does provide you with comprehensive details of the South Kensington property's condition as well as advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details get a South Kensington Home Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have heard that clay soil can cause problems for properties in South Kensington. Can we expect the HomeBuyer Report to mention this, and what defects will be reported on?

Clay soil can create a range of issues for home owners, with shrinking of clay soil and considerable shifts in soil volume caused by variable moisture content being relatively common. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a home, such as small cracks in the drawing room ceiling. During the HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey, the effect that the soil make up could have on the home will be considered. If soil moisture levels must



be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.

Conservatory

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in South Kensington, what might 'E7 - Conservatory and porches' refer to?

The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand. Three colour coded ratings give an understanding of the severity of defects uncovered during the survey. In some cases, an element covered under Section E may be marked as NI, or 'Not inspected'. The structured format for the HomeBuyer Report is intended to produce a useful and comprehensive survey for any buyers. As a result, some sections are omitted where they do not apply to the surveyed property. This section covers conservatories and porches. The type and condition of these parts should also be reported on. Steps or landing areas which are settling or heaving, for example, is included in Section E.

Landfill site near home

What should we be worried about when buying a maisonette proximate to a rubbish landfill

Landfill Sites come in many shapes and sizes for example: commercial refuse disposal. Understandably, no one would want to live near one (80% of people live under 2km away from one). Worries might include leaking underground tanks from petrol stations for example .

Surveyors will note structural issues resulting from the landfill. Your lawyer will carry out conveyancing and environmental searches of the Landmark databases and Kensington and Chelsea Local Authority and advise you .

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