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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 Survey should I select for my planned home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Upminster Common

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen if planning to purchase a property made of standard building materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Upminster Common

    A Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Upminster Common) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS qualified surveyor but is more exhaustive. Opt for this for unconventional such as a thatched roof property.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Upminster Common

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation . It is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Upminster Common and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Upminster Common property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it does offer a thorough analysis of the Upminster Common property's condition and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Upminster Common Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is heavy rain an issue in Upminster Common? Could it affect the property value?

As a frequent surveyor of houses in the area, I find it strange that rain and the effect it can have on a residence are not considered by house purchasers. As an example, spalling masonry suggest that the drainage systems are under performing.

The good news is that this is usually easy to resolve for a reasonable cost. If left untreated, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Upminster Common? Can we expect the Building Survey to mention this?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! A Upminster Common surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Upminster Common has been a problem. What subsidence issues will the Building Survey investigate?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures may suffer some degree of superficial cracks, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations. Additionally, most homes in Upminster Common are erected with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Surface cracks not caused by subsidence can be repaired with filler and repainted. Inside the house, keep an eye out for doors and windows which stick.

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. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. 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. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Upminster Common and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.

If the Upminster Common property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out major works, RICS recommend you select a Building Survey. This option is less cheap, however it does offer a thorough analysis of the Upminster Common property's condition and it includes information on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Upminster Common Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is heavy rain an issue in Upminster Common? Could it affect the property value?

As a frequent surveyor of houses in the area, I find it strange that rain and the effect it can have on a residence are not considered by house purchasers. As an example, spalling masonry suggest that the drainage systems are under performing.

The good news is that this is usually easy to resolve for a reasonable cost. If left untreated, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Upminster Common? Can we expect the Building Survey to mention this?

Without due care and attention, foundations dug into clay soil can quickly suffer adverse affects. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including severe changes in the water table level. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! A Upminster Common surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. If soil water levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is also important. Your surveyor may be able to offer practical suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have read that subsidence in Upminster Common has been a problem. What subsidence issues will the Building Survey investigate?

Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures may suffer some degree of superficial cracks, especially new homes or recent extensions or major alterations. Additionally, most homes in Upminster Common are erected with a variety of materials, and these will have varying rates of shrinkage.

Surface cracks not caused by subsidence can be repaired with filler and repainted. Inside the house, keep an eye out for doors and windows which stick.

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. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. 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. A surveyor will be able to recommend who to speak to about the best course of action, when it comes to tree removal.

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