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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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Need a Building Survey? Which one should you opt for?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in West Malling

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if purchasing a home built from conventional building materials i.e. tile & brick, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in West Malling

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in West Malling) will also be carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more thorough. Opt for this survey for unconventional e.g. thatched or older homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in West Malling

    This is an independent valuation . This is often chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing 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 West Malling and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the West Malling property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make major works on the West Malling property, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap however it will offer a thorough analysis of the West Malling property's condition along with advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more information you can get a West Malling Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there may be a risk of asbestos sealant present in the flat. Which types of asbestos are a concern?

Asbestos is a pernicious substance of several naturally occurring materials. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials such as pipe insulation.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent heat resistance qualities and it may be found in paper lining. Technically all forms are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to disturb the asbestos. Professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. Never endeavour to remove it yourself. Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will report on potential asbestos and will recommend professional testing.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What effect does clay soil have on a house's foundations? Can we expect the West Malling Home Buyers Survey to mention this?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including groundwater level variations. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs, such as minor wall cracks in the living room. A West Malling surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Shocking Electrics

When I viewed the building I intend to purchase, the agent said that there were damaged electrical sockets; does Homebuyer Report in West Malling report on the electrics?

When performing a Building Survey in West Malling the RICS surveyor will typically comment on the state of the electrics if it looks like the electrics are in an unsafe state. A Chartered surveyor is required to report on possible problems relating to things like inspecting the state of any fitted appliances e.g. storage radiators or verifying the condition of a representative sample of light fittings. Inspecting any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by an electrician will form part of the survey.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) suggest an electrical check should be carried out at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to have a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey on a home in West Malling and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey and is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the West Malling property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make major works on the West Malling property, it would be better that you commission a Building Survey. This survey is less cheap however it will offer a thorough analysis of the West Malling property's condition along with advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more information you can get a West Malling Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there may be a risk of asbestos sealant present in the flat. Which types of asbestos are a concern?

Asbestos is a pernicious substance of several naturally occurring materials. Chrysotile (White), Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue) are often building materials such as pipe insulation.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has excellent heat resistance qualities and it may be found in paper lining. Technically all forms are carcinogenic and can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods.

Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to disturb the asbestos. Professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. Never endeavour to remove it yourself. Surveyors will not test for asbestos on a survey. Your surveyor will report on potential asbestos and will recommend professional testing.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What effect does clay soil have on a house's foundations? Can we expect the West Malling Home Buyers Survey to mention this?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil. Subsidence is a major concern, but there are others, including groundwater level variations. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs, such as minor wall cracks in the living room. A West Malling surveyor will take into account and clay soil related concerns, and advise accordingly. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Shocking Electrics

When I viewed the building I intend to purchase, the agent said that there were damaged electrical sockets; does Homebuyer Report in West Malling report on the electrics?

When performing a Building Survey in West Malling the RICS surveyor will typically comment on the state of the electrics if it looks like the electrics are in an unsafe state. A Chartered surveyor is required to report on possible problems relating to things like inspecting the state of any fitted appliances e.g. storage radiators or verifying the condition of a representative sample of light fittings. Inspecting any documents from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring conducted by an electrician will form part of the survey.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) suggest an electrical check should be carried out at least every 10 years (or every 5 if letting).

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