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Valuation
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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 Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in South Ockendon

    A Homebuyer Report is the right choice when purchasing a home constructed from standard materials i.e. brick and tile, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in South Ockendon

    A RICS Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in South Ockendon) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more detailed. Opt for this when buying a non standard property such as stone properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in South Ockendon

    This is a professional valuation of the property. This is often chosen by cash buyers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in South Ockendon and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is basically the same the same.

If the South Ockendon property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any major works on the property, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the South Ockendon property's condition along with information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a South Ockendon Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect can heavy rainfall have on a South Ockendon house? If there is a problem, will they be disruptive to fix?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the effect which rain has on homes is not given enough thought. One indication that drainage systems are damaged is streaks of dirt down the outside of guttering, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Whether buying in South Ockendon or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix. If untreated or poorly maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? Is this a urgent risk, and what options are to available to remedy this?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. In some older homes cracks are revealed in warmer weather which will close up again as the weather cools when the materials absorb moisture. These cracks are usually completely harmless.

Subsidence is not always easy to identify, as the things which a surveyor will look for could easily be caused by other factors. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Building Surveys on flats 1

We are purchasing an extended period flat property - should I opt for a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey. Go for a RICS Building Survey for the flat referred to. The HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough if investigating a post fifties unmodified property of normal building materials. Over and above house surveys, flats make a full survey more complicated - so the surveyor is only authorised check out the area within identifiable boundary of the flat,, he may provide an opinion shared areas such as such as the drains.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a home in South Ockendon and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is basically the same the same.

If the South Ockendon property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any major works on the property, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is less cheap, but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the South Ockendon property's condition along with information on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain a South Ockendon Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect can heavy rainfall have on a South Ockendon house? If there is a problem, will they be disruptive to fix?

Rainfall is a fact of life in the UK, however, the effect which rain has on homes is not given enough thought. One indication that drainage systems are damaged is streaks of dirt down the outside of guttering, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Whether buying in South Ockendon or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to fix. If untreated or poorly maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? Is this a urgent risk, and what options are to available to remedy this?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. In some older homes cracks are revealed in warmer weather which will close up again as the weather cools when the materials absorb moisture. These cracks are usually completely harmless.

Subsidence is not always easy to identify, as the things which a surveyor will look for could easily be caused by other factors. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will rot. This causes the volume of soil to reduce so that foundations can crush the subsoil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, to remedy both the causes of the subsidence and the resulting damage to the property itself.

Building Surveys on flats 1

We are purchasing an extended period flat property - should I opt for a full structural survey?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey. Go for a RICS Building Survey for the flat referred to. The HomeBuyer Report is detailed enough if investigating a post fifties unmodified property of normal building materials. Over and above house surveys, flats make a full survey more complicated - so the surveyor is only authorised check out the area within identifiable boundary of the flat,, he may provide an opinion shared areas such as such as the drains.

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