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  Mortgage Valuation
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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 Buyers Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in South London

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice when buying a property made of conventional building materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable order and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in South London

    A RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in South London) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS accredited surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this for unconventional such as cellared buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in South London

    This is an impartial valuation . It is often chosen by cash buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in South London and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the South London property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will offer comprehensive details of the South London property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get a South London Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the South London Surveyor consider on a roughcast rendered (stucco) regency semi detached home in South London.

Stucco is really a kind of smooth render. Normally it is layered over underlying brick to form a flat surface, often then trowled to give the appearance of stone blocks. Stucco render is very grand in appearance and is found on Georgian homes. It used to contain lime (to make it workable) in it in addition to a plastic under mesh to stop cracks. it can be problematic and South London Homebuyer Reports commonly focus on any number of problems like trapped moisture leading to damp problems which need attention. Other potential problems could be when the render has been taken down to ground level and bypasses the DPC or Damp Proof Course. Re-covering problems with stucco may be expensive as craftsmen are becoming rarer.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

I've put in an offer in South London. What advice would a South London property surveyor give? Does render make a difference?

Brick-constructed converted property in South London demonstrate several benefits compared to other types of construction, but they can also suffer from both minor and serious issues. These can include lack of a damp proof course or cracks. For example, diagonal cracking caused by ground movement and may require immediate attention. Clack Fencing Ltd at 2 Briton Close, South Croydon, CR2 0JH should give an estimate for any work. Call them on 020 86571389.

E.g. Monk bond, which is similar to Flemish bond, but with two long bricks between every short one.

Overgrown flat roof with weeds

On a South London HomeBuyer Report can you give examples of Condition rating 2 defects affecting 'E2 - Roof coverings' ?

As part of Section E, E2 reports on flat and sloped roof issues. These are checked, provided that access is possible. A ponding asphalt roof is one example.

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for house purchasers deciding whether or not to purchase a home. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate how concerning each aspect of the report is. Defects which need some attention are rated 'amber' or condition rating 2. In contrast to more serious, 'red' rated, defects, these issues do not require immediate attention. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific South London house or flat being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. If a South London house or flat does not have a porch or conservatory, for example, these aspects of the report will be omitted.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in South London and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the South London property is a flat, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension, RICS recommend you book a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will offer comprehensive details of the South London property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get a South London Home Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the South London Surveyor consider on a roughcast rendered (stucco) regency semi detached home in South London.

Stucco is really a kind of smooth render. Normally it is layered over underlying brick to form a flat surface, often then trowled to give the appearance of stone blocks. Stucco render is very grand in appearance and is found on Georgian homes. It used to contain lime (to make it workable) in it in addition to a plastic under mesh to stop cracks. it can be problematic and South London Homebuyer Reports commonly focus on any number of problems like trapped moisture leading to damp problems which need attention. Other potential problems could be when the render has been taken down to ground level and bypasses the DPC or Damp Proof Course. Re-covering problems with stucco may be expensive as craftsmen are becoming rarer.



External brick wall issue identified during property survey

I've put in an offer in South London. What advice would a South London property surveyor give? Does render make a difference?

Brick-constructed converted property in South London demonstrate several benefits compared to other types of construction, but they can also suffer from both minor and serious issues. These can include lack of a damp proof course or cracks. For example, diagonal cracking caused by ground movement and may require immediate attention. Clack Fencing Ltd at 2 Briton Close, South Croydon, CR2 0JH should give an estimate for any work. Call them on 020 86571389.

E.g. Monk bond, which is similar to Flemish bond, but with two long bricks between every short one.

Overgrown flat roof with weeds

On a South London HomeBuyer Report can you give examples of Condition rating 2 defects affecting 'E2 - Roof coverings' ?

As part of Section E, E2 reports on flat and sloped roof issues. These are checked, provided that access is possible. A ponding asphalt roof is one example.

RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, unlike less prescriptive surveys. These may offer more complex detail, but they are also less useful for house purchasers deciding whether or not to purchase a home. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate how concerning each aspect of the report is. Defects which need some attention are rated 'amber' or condition rating 2. In contrast to more serious, 'red' rated, defects, these issues do not require immediate attention. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific South London house or flat being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. If a South London house or flat does not have a porch or conservatory, for example, these aspects of the report will be omitted.

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