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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 Building Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Wandsworth

    A Homebuyer Report should be chosen if you are purchasing a property constructed from conventional materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable order and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Wandsworth

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Wandsworth) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard property such as stone wall homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Wandsworth

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Wandsworth and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same.

If the Wandsworth property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS advise you select a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap, but it does provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Wandsworth property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant Wandsworth Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence issues does the Surveyor report on?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Subsidence may be confused with settlement. Settlement does occur in new structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Less common than subsidence, heave describes the movement of earth upwards.

Non-structural cracks not caused by subsidence can be filled and repainted. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to

stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

Damaged Render

What sort of thing will the Property Surveyor be looking for on a stipple rendered (stucco) Victorian home in Wandsworth.

Stucco is just a kind of render. Commonly stucco is applied to brick hardens to form a smooth and attractive finish. It is very aesthetic and is was often applied to Victorian and Georgian houses. It is very like plaster in its nature. It can contain lime (to make it workable) in it as well as a grid underneath to help stop cracks. Stucco is often problematic and Surveyors commonly focus on any number of problems for example trapped water resulting in problems with damp.

Another example of problems may be when the render has been taken down to ground level and bypasses the Damp Proof Course (DPC). Re-covering Stucco problems may be surprisingly expensive as the skills are becoming rarer.

For a local expert try St Johns Builders London, 100a, Mitcham Rd, London, SW17 9NG Tel. 020 8682 3387

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The stretcher bond walls on this Wandsworth property needs work. What are the possible consequences?

Brick properties indicate several common problems. This could be anything from badly applied render to frost damaged pointing. Such defects will be discussed in the report. One defect surveyors of brick property frequently address is thermal movement, caused by more extreme temperature variation, and resulting in vertical cracks.

To arrange a quote for repairs, contact a local specialist, e.g. D W Brickwork at 22 Parkfield Cr, Ruislip, HA4 0RB on 020 8423 1284.

For example, stretcher bond or shiner bond are both used in Wandsworth properties.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a property in Wandsworth and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey, although it is effectively the same.

If the Wandsworth property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any alterations, RICS advise you select a Building Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap, but it does provide you with an in-depth analysis of the Wandsworth property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more information why not obtain an instant Wandsworth Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

What is subsidence? What subsidence issues does the Surveyor report on?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a structure and its foundations. Subsidence may be confused with settlement. Settlement does occur in new structures, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. Less common than subsidence, heave describes the movement of earth upwards.

Non-structural cracks not caused by subsidence can be filled and repainted. In some cases, the presence of organic material, which then rots or breaks down, can also undermine the foundations. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to



stabilise the home, with no underpinning required. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.

Damaged Render

What sort of thing will the Property Surveyor be looking for on a stipple rendered (stucco) Victorian home in Wandsworth.

Stucco is just a kind of render. Commonly stucco is applied to brick hardens to form a smooth and attractive finish. It is very aesthetic and is was often applied to Victorian and Georgian houses. It is very like plaster in its nature. It can contain lime (to make it workable) in it as well as a grid underneath to help stop cracks. Stucco is often problematic and Surveyors commonly focus on any number of problems for example trapped water resulting in problems with damp.

Another example of problems may be when the render has been taken down to ground level and bypasses the Damp Proof Course (DPC). Re-covering Stucco problems may be surprisingly expensive as the skills are becoming rarer.

For a local expert try St Johns Builders London, 100a, Mitcham Rd, London, SW17 9NG Tel. 020 8682 3387

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

The stretcher bond walls on this Wandsworth property needs work. What are the possible consequences?

Brick properties indicate several common problems. This could be anything from badly applied render to frost damaged pointing. Such defects will be discussed in the report. One defect surveyors of brick property frequently address is thermal movement, caused by more extreme temperature variation, and resulting in vertical cracks.

To arrange a quote for repairs, contact a local specialist, e.g. D W Brickwork at 22 Parkfield Cr, Ruislip, HA4 0RB on 020 8423 1284.

For example, stretcher bond or shiner bond are both used in Wandsworth properties.

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