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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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What property survey is the correct choice for my planned house purchase in Woldingham?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Woldingham

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be selected when planning to buy a home built from standard materials such as tile & brick, not dilapidated and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Woldingham

    A RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Woldingham) will also be carried out by a RICS qualified surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard , for example stone wall buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Woldingham

    This is an impartial valuation . This report is chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Woldingham and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same.

If the Woldingham property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make significant alterations, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it does provide you with comprehensive details of the Woldingham property's general condition and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a Woldingham Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Landfill site near home

What should I be concerned about when purchasing a property proximate to a landfill site

Landfill Sites come in many shapes and sizes for example: domestic refuse. No one wants to live near one (most people do live near one). Worries might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health issues such as cancer have been associated to landfill sites .

Woldingham surveyors will consider structural issues resulting from the site. Your conveyancing solicitor will commission environmental searches of the Landmark database as well as Tandridge Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .

Damaged Render

What sort of thing will my RICS Surveyor look for on a smooth stucco Victorian house in Woldingham which I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is just a smooth and flat solid render. Commonly it is layered over underlying red brick hardens to a smooth and even finish. The effect is very attractive and is/was often found on Victorian and Regency houses. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors in Woldingham can focus on defects such as when movement of the wall can lead to cracks. Other issues might result from the carrying of heavy weight or loads such as cracking under supports carrying concrete roof tiles that have absorbed water. Resolving Stucco problems may be dear as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Woldingham subsidence might be a problem. What possible solutions are to available to resolve this?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new home after six months to make good any settlement cracks.

In areas of clay soil, if it has not rained for some time, the water level underground will drop. This can dry out, shrinking the clay, straining the foundations of the home and causing movement. 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 out, this organic matter will rot. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key.This need not be expensive.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey for a house in Woldingham and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a Building Survey but is basically the same the same.

If the Woldingham property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make significant alterations, RICS advise you select a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap, however it does provide you with comprehensive details of the Woldingham property's general condition and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice you can get a Woldingham Homebuyers Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers.

Landfill site near home

What should I be concerned about when purchasing a property proximate to a landfill site

Landfill Sites come in many shapes and sizes for example: domestic refuse. No one wants to live near one (most people do live near one). Worries might include bacterial decomposition resulting in methane. Health issues such as cancer have been associated to landfill sites .

Woldingham surveyors will consider structural issues resulting from the site. Your conveyancing solicitor will commission environmental searches of the Landmark database as well as Tandridge Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .



Damaged Render

What sort of thing will my RICS Surveyor look for on a smooth stucco Victorian house in Woldingham which I am thinking of purchasing.

Stucco is just a smooth and flat solid render. Commonly it is layered over underlying red brick hardens to a smooth and even finish. The effect is very attractive and is/was often found on Victorian and Regency houses. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors in Woldingham can focus on defects such as when movement of the wall can lead to cracks. Other issues might result from the carrying of heavy weight or loads such as cracking under supports carrying concrete roof tiles that have absorbed water. Resolving Stucco problems may be dear as the skills are becoming more difficult to find.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I know that Woldingham subsidence might be a problem. What possible solutions are to available to resolve this?

Movement of a home on a structural level is called subsidence. However, subsidence should be distinguished from the normal settlement of a home. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new home after six months to make good any settlement cracks.

In areas of clay soil, if it has not rained for some time, the water level underground will drop. This can dry out, shrinking the clay, straining the foundations of the home and causing movement. 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 out, this organic matter will rot. This will cause the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Finding the cause of any subsidence is key.This need not be expensive.Removing or even pruning any tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Specialist geological and drain surveys may also be required as the movement of soil can sometimes crack drains or water mains.

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