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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 Buyers Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Westminster

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice when planning to buy a property made of standard building materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable repair and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Westminster

    The RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Westminster) is also carried out by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this for non standard property such as thatched properties.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Westminster

    This is a professional surveyor valuation . This is typically chosen by cash purchasers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Westminster and which is cheaper?

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

If the Westminster property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make an extension on the property, you should you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Westminster property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Westminster Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there could be quantities of white asbestos roof gutters in the home. What is asbestos?

Asbestos was not fully prohibited until the late nineties therefore properties constructed prior to 1999 may contain asbestos. Asbestos is a pernicious substance of several naturally occurring materials. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White may be in building materials for example roof tiles. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic including tensile strength properties, it may be found in roof gutters. Most of it was sourced from the US.

All forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact breathing in a one fibre is not fatal.

If discovered, one must be careful however, not to move it. Professional advice must be taken ASAP. Removing it asbestos can be costly but absolutely must be completed by trained experts.

Westminster Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos as part of the survey. Your Westminster surveyor should note possible asbestos and will advise accordingly.

Shocking Electrics

When I was shown the unmodernised property I expect to acquire it appeared that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses - will a Homebuyer Report in Westminster go into detail on the wiring and electrical system?

When performing a Westminster Building Survey your surveyor should usually report on the condition of the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in a hazardous state of repair.

This should include a visual inspection of open or exposed parts of the wiring or fusebox in addition to things, for example inspecting the category of electrical fittings in shower rooms or reporting on the condition of a representative sample of light fittings. Looking at any documents from any recent PIR handled by a suitably qualified electrician should usually form part of the Homebuyer report in Westminster.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a risk of flooding in Westminster, and can a Westminster home buyers survey check for any flood damage?

Overflowing rivers, rain and tides can all result in extensive flood damage; sensible owners and home purchasers in Westminster are right to consider precautions. It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the Westminster home or on adjacent sites. The property surveyor may ask the property owner or occupier about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to opt for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Westminster and which is cheaper?

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

If the Westminster property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction, you should go for a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make an extension on the property, you should you book a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with exhaustive analysis of the Westminster property's state of repair as well as more detailed advice on defects , repairs as well as maintenance options .

If in doubt why not obtain a Westminster Homebuyers Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Asbestos roof tiles

I suspect there could be quantities of white asbestos roof gutters in the home. What is asbestos?

Asbestos was not fully prohibited until the late nineties therefore properties constructed prior to 1999 may contain asbestos. Asbestos is a pernicious substance of several naturally occurring materials. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White may be in building materials for example roof tiles. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has a range of useful characteristic including tensile strength properties, it may be found in roof gutters. Most of it was sourced from the US.

All forms including white ( Chrysotile) are ultimately carcinogenic and may lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods. In fact breathing in a one fibre is not fatal.

If discovered, one must be careful however, not to move it. Professional advice must be taken ASAP. Removing it asbestos can be costly but absolutely must be completed by trained experts.



Westminster Surveyors will not verify the presence of asbestos as part of the survey. Your Westminster surveyor should note possible asbestos and will advise accordingly.

Shocking Electrics

When I was shown the unmodernised property I expect to acquire it appeared that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses - will a Homebuyer Report in Westminster go into detail on the wiring and electrical system?

When performing a Westminster Building Survey your surveyor should usually report on the condition of the electrics if it appears that the electrics are in a hazardous state of repair.

This should include a visual inspection of open or exposed parts of the wiring or fusebox in addition to things, for example inspecting the category of electrical fittings in shower rooms or reporting on the condition of a representative sample of light fittings. Looking at any documents from any recent PIR handled by a suitably qualified electrician should usually form part of the Homebuyer report in Westminster.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a risk of flooding in Westminster, and can a Westminster home buyers survey check for any flood damage?

Overflowing rivers, rain and tides can all result in extensive flood damage; sensible owners and home purchasers in Westminster are right to consider precautions. It is easily possible to assess whether a house is susceptible to flooding via any of a number of routes, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the Westminster home or on adjacent sites. The property surveyor may ask the property owner or occupier about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

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