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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 Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Tonbridge

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if planning to buy a property built from standard materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Tonbridge

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Tonbridge) is also carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this when buying a non standard property such as stone wall houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Tonbridge

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Tonbridge and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same survey.

If the Tonbridge property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension, you should you choose a Building Survey instead. The Building Survey is not as cheap, but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Tonbridge property's state of repair and it includes more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Tonbridge Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are purchasing an older cottage in Tonbridge. Will upkeep costs be higher?

Many buyers in Tonbridge plan to buy a home with character. Use of traditional methods, however, can sometimes be an issue. Tonbridge homes featuring traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be costly to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Construction materials, such as matching stone or wood, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Grade I listed property. This may mean long-term upkeep. If the structure you are buying may require specialist maintenance, contact your Tonbridge surveyor for more information.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Will my survey give a property valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a garage) and how is it worked out

The Homebuyer Report contains an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost. To be able to determine the value of the property your surveyor will use awareness of the Tonbridge property market and other things about the property e.g. number of bedrooms The surveyor will also consider certain fixtures and fittings and will make certain key assumptions such as the property is connected to mains services such as gas.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee ; call for more info. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor also assumes that there aren't any serious legal issues e.g. planning permissions being in order. Advice should be sought from your conveyancing solicitor.

Additional local area conjectures, for example water and drainage connectivity, are made in addition to local environmental issues like railways, also being considered.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder has said subsidence may be worth checking. What subsidence information does the Tonbridge Building Survey include?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement usually occurs in new structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact.

Subsidence can result from several issues, some common throughout Tonbridge. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and begin to slide downward. In severe weather, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. 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. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a house in Tonbridge and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey but is essentially the same survey.

If the Tonbridge property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to carry out an extension, you should you choose a Building Survey instead. The Building Survey is not as cheap, but it does give you a thorough analysis of the Tonbridge property's state of repair and it includes more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Tonbridge Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Traditionally built property

My partner and I are purchasing an older cottage in Tonbridge. Will upkeep costs be higher?

Many buyers in Tonbridge plan to buy a home with character. Use of traditional methods, however, can sometimes be an issue. Tonbridge homes featuring traditional or "vernacular" techniques can be costly to maintain. It is often the case that specialist expertise is necessary. Construction materials, such as matching stone or wood, may also need to be sourced, particularly in the case of Grade I listed property. This may mean long-term upkeep. If the structure you are buying may require specialist maintenance, contact your Tonbridge surveyor for more information.



RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Will my survey give a property valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of rebuilding a garage) and how is it worked out

The Homebuyer Report contains an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost. To be able to determine the value of the property your surveyor will use awareness of the Tonbridge property market and other things about the property e.g. number of bedrooms The surveyor will also consider certain fixtures and fittings and will make certain key assumptions such as the property is connected to mains services such as gas.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee ; call for more info. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The surveyor also assumes that there aren't any serious legal issues e.g. planning permissions being in order. Advice should be sought from your conveyancing solicitor.

Additional local area conjectures, for example water and drainage connectivity, are made in addition to local environmental issues like railways, also being considered.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder has said subsidence may be worth checking. What subsidence information does the Tonbridge Building Survey include?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Subsidence is sometimes referred to as settlement, but this is incorrect. Settlement usually occurs in new structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. Their weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact.

Subsidence can result from several issues, some common throughout Tonbridge. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer could then become unsteady and begin to slide downward. In severe weather, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence.

Identifying what has caused the subsidence is a necessary first step. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. 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. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

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