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Homebuyer
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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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What building survey do I need for my potential home purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in West Barnes

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when buying a home constructed from standard building materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in West Barnes

    The Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in West Barnes) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Opt for this when buying a non standard , for example mundic buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in West Barnes

    This is a professional valuation . This is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in West Barnes and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same.

If the West Barnes property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give a more detailed analysis of the West Barnes property's condition as well as information on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant West Barnes Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour stated there may be a danger of an asbestos fireplace at the house. What is asbestos and what are the risks?

Asbestos is a noxious fibrous mineral of several naturally occurring materials. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials such as gutters. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good sound absorption properties, it may be found in eaves. Technically all forms are ultimately pernicious and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. If discovered, one must be careful on no account to remove the asbestos. Professional advice should be sought without delay.

Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a survey. However they will mention possible asbestos and should inform you of the options.

Shocking Electrics

When we went to see a sixties house we expect to buy we saw that there is an old fuse board - does a West Barnes survey write anything on the electrical system?

When preparing a West Barnes Homebuyer Report a RICS surveyor will mention the overall electrical system if it is obvious that they are in a hazardous state of repair. A Surveyor should also focus on issues like verifying the state of any fitted electrical appliances, for example storage radiators or checking the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings and switch gear.

Confirming the existence of any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by an electrician should usually be part of the survey.

The IEE advise a Periodic Inspection be conducted at least every 10 years (5 if letting).

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Chartered Surveyor be focused on, on a roughcast rendered (stucco) Victorian home in West Barnes.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is really dense solid render. Typically stucco render is applied to underlying red brick hardens to a smooth and even finish. Stucco is very beautiful and is often found on Victorian and Georgian houses. Stucco is often prone to defect and West Barnes surveyors frequently discover defects for instance dampness trapped behind paint (assuming painted) which cannot escape leading to worsening damp issues

Another example of problems might be when dampness beneath flashings that causes detachment. Resolving problems with stucco may be difficult and costly as craftsmen are getting harder to find.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in West Barnes and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same.

If the West Barnes property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any an extension, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give a more detailed analysis of the West Barnes property's condition as well as information on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain an instant West Barnes Home Survey Quote or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour stated there may be a danger of an asbestos fireplace at the house. What is asbestos and what are the risks?

Asbestos is a noxious fibrous mineral of several naturally occurring materials. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials such as gutters. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good sound absorption properties, it may be found in eaves. Technically all forms are ultimately pernicious and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. If discovered, one must be careful on no account to remove the asbestos. Professional advice should be sought without delay.



Surveyors cannot test for asbestos on a survey. However they will mention possible asbestos and should inform you of the options.

Shocking Electrics

When we went to see a sixties house we expect to buy we saw that there is an old fuse board - does a West Barnes survey write anything on the electrical system?

When preparing a West Barnes Homebuyer Report a RICS surveyor will mention the overall electrical system if it is obvious that they are in a hazardous state of repair. A Surveyor should also focus on issues like verifying the state of any fitted electrical appliances, for example storage radiators or checking the condition of any visible wiring a sample of light fittings and switch gear.

Confirming the existence of any documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical installations conducted by an electrician should usually be part of the survey.

The IEE advise a Periodic Inspection be conducted at least every 10 years (5 if letting).

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Chartered Surveyor be focused on, on a roughcast rendered (stucco) Victorian home in West Barnes.

Stucco (aka pargetting) is really dense solid render. Typically stucco render is applied to underlying red brick hardens to a smooth and even finish. Stucco is very beautiful and is often found on Victorian and Georgian houses. Stucco is often prone to defect and West Barnes surveyors frequently discover defects for instance dampness trapped behind paint (assuming painted) which cannot escape leading to worsening damp issues

Another example of problems might be when dampness beneath flashings that causes detachment. Resolving problems with stucco may be difficult and costly as craftsmen are getting harder to find.

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