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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 is the best choice for my potential house purchase ?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Willesden Green

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice if planning to purchase a home 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 Willesden Green

    A RICS Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Willesden Green) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more comprehensive. Select this for an unconventional property, for example architecturally unusual homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Willesden Green

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is usually chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Willesden Green and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Willesden Green property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any alterations on the property, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap however it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Willesden Green property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Willesden Green House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage resulting from flooding

Does a residential surveyor inquire into indications of flooding?

Flooding has become a serious concern, more so after it was reported that last year was the second wettest on record (source: The Guardian). Both buyers and home owners in areas at risk of flooding are right to be worried. The Environment Agency maintain a flood warning service, with regular updated risk assessments.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a house, such as via landscaping or paved areas sloping towards the property.

Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect house enables the surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. The surveyor may ask the seller about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

According to the Environment Agency, no flood warnings were found for Willesden Green.

*This information correct - 4th January 2013

Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there could be asbestos textured coatings being found in property. What is asbestos and does the Willesden Green HomeBuyer Report go into it?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White may be in building materials e.g. ceiling boards.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has very good resistance to chemical damage qualities and it may be found in boilers. Technically all forms are ultimately deadly and can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung following prolonged exposure. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful on no account to disturb asbestos. Professional advice should be sought ASAP.

Surveyors cannot verify the presence of asbestos on a survey. They will note suspected asbestos and should recommend professional testing.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder has suggested subsidence may be worth checking affecting the property. What solutions are to available to fix this?

Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Often, homes in Willesden Green are built with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and slip down the incline. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the soil dries, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.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. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a property in Willesden Green and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the Willesden Green property is a flat, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to make any alterations on the property, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap however it does provide you with a more detailed analysis of the Willesden Green property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

If in doubt you can get a Willesden Green House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage resulting from flooding

Does a residential surveyor inquire into indications of flooding?

Flooding has become a serious concern, more so after it was reported that last year was the second wettest on record (source: The Guardian). Both buyers and home owners in areas at risk of flooding are right to be worried. The Environment Agency maintain a flood warning service, with regular updated risk assessments.

Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a house, such as via landscaping or paved areas sloping towards the property.

Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect house enables the surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. The surveyor may ask the seller about historical floods, although the result of these enquires should be treated as a guide only.

According to the Environment Agency, no flood warnings were found for Willesden Green.

*This information correct - 4th January 2013



Asbestos roof tiles

The estate agent stated there could be asbestos textured coatings being found in property. What is asbestos and does the Willesden Green HomeBuyer Report go into it?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic material. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White may be in building materials e.g. ceiling boards.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has very good resistance to chemical damage qualities and it may be found in boilers. Technically all forms are ultimately deadly and can lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung following prolonged exposure. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful on no account to disturb asbestos. Professional advice should be sought ASAP.

Surveyors cannot verify the presence of asbestos on a survey. They will note suspected asbestos and should recommend professional testing.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder has suggested subsidence may be worth checking affecting the property. What solutions are to available to fix this?

Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. However, there is a difference between settlement and subsidence. Often, homes in Willesden Green are built with a variety of materials, each of which will contract at a varying rates.

There are several frequently-occurring causes of subsidence. One such issue is that soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground. In very wet or flooded conditions, the soil layer may become unstable and slip down the incline. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. A high water table will ensure that organic materials in the soil, such as peat, do not decompose but if the soil dries, this organic matter will decompose. This causes the subsoil to be compacted as its volume is reduced, by the sheer weight and pressure of the building above.

Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority.This is not always as costly as some buyers fear.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. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.

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