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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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Looking for a Property Survey ? Which one should you opt for?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in St Mary Cray

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when planning to buy a property made of conventional building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in St Mary Cray

    The Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in St Mary Cray) is also carried out by a RICS surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this when buying a non standard property such as mundic houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in St Mary Cray

    This is an impartial valuation . It is often chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in St Mary Cray and which would be cheaper?

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

If the St Mary Cray property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any works or an extension, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will give you a thorough analysis of the St Mary Cray property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a St Mary Cray House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

House Prices

I intend to buy a detached house in BR5. It is on the market for £208, 507. What factors will St Mary Cray RICS chartered surveyor evaluate during a professional valuation ?

Any number of issues that can affect house prices ranging from the length of lease to whether there are any conservation area infringements. It is useful to set against house values achieved in the nearby area for similar properties.

The average house price completed between Jul and Oct 2012 was £233, 407, which is £24, 900 more than the price you are intending to pay. The combined house/flat average was £221, 712. 12, Eldred Drive, Orpington, Bromley, Greater London, BR5 4PF a detached home sold for £272, 000 .

The most reliable way for home buyers to get a formal property valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report which includes a professional valuation as standard. Your RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 30 April 2011).

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying in St Mary Cray, and the home's foundations have been built on clay soil. Will the St Mary Cray Property Survey consider this?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including groundwater level variations. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a house. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a home's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. There is a real benefit in booking a St Mary Cray surveyor to carry out your Home Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Roof defects identified during a survey

A leaky roof caused problems at our old property, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What should we do about roof repairs?

St Mary Cray houses in good condition can be hiding serious difficulties with the roof, for example, missing tiles. Every element should be checked, e.g. eaves, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.

Repairs can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a roofing contractor in St Mary Cray a quote for any suggested work.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in St Mary Cray and which would be cheaper?

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

If the St Mary Cray property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any works or an extension, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will give you a thorough analysis of the St Mary Cray property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a St Mary Cray House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

House Prices

I intend to buy a detached house in BR5. It is on the market for £208, 507. What factors will St Mary Cray RICS chartered surveyor evaluate during a professional valuation ?

Any number of issues that can affect house prices ranging from the length of lease to whether there are any conservation area infringements. It is useful to set against house values achieved in the nearby area for similar properties.

The average house price completed between Jul and Oct 2012 was £233, 407, which is £24, 900 more than the price you are intending to pay. The combined house/flat average was £221, 712. 12, Eldred Drive, Orpington, Bromley, Greater London, BR5 4PF a detached home sold for £272, 000 .



The most reliable way for home buyers to get a formal property valuation is to get a Homebuyer Report which includes a professional valuation as standard. Your RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 30 April 2011).

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying in St Mary Cray, and the home's foundations have been built on clay soil. Will the St Mary Cray Property Survey consider this?

Clay soil-related issues can work slowly over many years, or can arise without warning after a bout of extreme weather or flooding. Subsidence is one obvious concern, but there are others, including groundwater level variations. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a house. Expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a home's foundations, forcing them inward. Where the foundation walls have insufficient support, they will bow and crack. This can result in costly and even dangerous structural damage. There is a real benefit in booking a St Mary Cray surveyor to carry out your Home Survey, familiar with local soil composition, and who has witnessed the effects first-hand. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Roof defects identified during a survey

A leaky roof caused problems at our old property, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance. What should we do about roof repairs?

St Mary Cray houses in good condition can be hiding serious difficulties with the roof, for example, missing tiles. Every element should be checked, e.g. eaves, and where the matter is serious, it should be rectified promptly.

Repairs can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a roofing contractor in St Mary Cray a quote for any suggested work.

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