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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 property survey should I pick for my house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Streatham

    The RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when planning to buy a home constructed from standard building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Streatham

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Streatham) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard property such as wychert buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Streatham

    This is an independent valuation . This is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Streatham and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Streatham property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Streatham property's state of repair and it includes advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Streatham House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a house in Streatham and spotted that the cellar floor dipped in one corner. What possible solutions are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement does happen in new homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. In general, homes are constructed from a range of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In extreme environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough

to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Traditionally built property

What do I need to investigate when purchasing an older property? Will the structure's age be an issue?

For traditionally-built Streatham property, age can concern buyers. Buildings built using traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be a chore to upkeep. You should consider that specialist knowledge may be needed. Traditional materials may also need to be sourced. This can end up costing more than initially budgeted.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The property we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. Will the Streatham Building Survey look into this?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil, with subsidence being a common example. Drought, for instance, can have a measurable contracting effect on clay soil, compromising the property's structural integrity and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property, such as a sticking door in the drawing room. Steps like avoiding planting trees too near the house, and pruning where necessary 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.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in Streatham and which one is the cheapest?

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

If the Streatham property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any substantial modifications, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap, but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Streatham property's state of repair and it includes advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a Streatham House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We are planning to buy a house in Streatham and spotted that the cellar floor dipped in one corner. What possible solutions are to available to fix this?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement does happen in new homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. In general, homes are constructed from a range of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

Collapsed drains, including mains drains, can cause subsidence by washing away or loosening subsoil. This is an example of groundwater subsidence. In extreme environmental conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough



to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Beech and sycamore trees, for example, should be planted at least 15m from a property. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Using large concrete pins, placed beneath current foundations and extending deep into the ground, underpinning is expensive, totalling £1000s, but it can be very effective. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Traditionally built property

What do I need to investigate when purchasing an older property? Will the structure's age be an issue?

For traditionally-built Streatham property, age can concern buyers. Buildings built using traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be a chore to upkeep. You should consider that specialist knowledge may be needed. Traditional materials may also need to be sourced. This can end up costing more than initially budgeted.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The property we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. Will the Streatham Building Survey look into this?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil, with subsidence being a common example. Drought, for instance, can have a measurable contracting effect on clay soil, compromising the property's structural integrity and potentially leading to very noticeable effects within the property, such as a sticking door in the drawing room. Steps like avoiding planting trees too near the house, and pruning where necessary 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.

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