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Homebuyer
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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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Which Home Buyers Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Woodford Bridge

    A RICS Homebuyer Report is the right choice if you are purchasing a property made of standard materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Woodford Bridge

    A Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in Woodford Bridge) is also conducted by a RICS accredited surveyor but is more exhaustive. Opt for this survey for non standard , for example wychert buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Woodford Bridge

    This is an independent valuation . This is often chosen by cash purchasers or anyone needing a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Woodford Bridge and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Woodford Bridge property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will give you comprehensive details of the Woodford Bridge property's general condition as well as advice on structural defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details get an instant Woodford Bridge Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Landfill site near home

What should we be wary of when buying a house next to a landfill site

Sites used for landfill take many forms including commercial waste material. No one really wants to live near one (most people do live near one). Risks include heavy metals. Health issues like gut problems have been associated with landfill sites .

Surveyors in Woodford Bridge will notice any structural issues connected with the site. Your conveyancer will conduct conveyancing searches of the Landmark databases as well as Epping Forest Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the early 70s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to create issues? Does the Home Survey cover this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

The content of soil around the foundations of a Woodford Bridge property will have an impact, with sub-soil shrinkage and movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content being relatively common. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable warping of floorboards, to complete structural failure.

Taking precautions, such as after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a flood risk in Woodford Bridge, and will the home buyers survey inquire into any flooding damage, or if other properties have been affected?

Recent conflict between insurers has the government has caused a great deal of uncertainty, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. A surveyor has a number of options to assess whether a property is vulnerable. In addition, the HomeBuyer Report may advise on urgent repairs.An awareness of characteristics of the Woodford Bridge area likely to affect the property also enables the surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the property owner or occupier, but this information may not be accurate.

No recent Woodford Bridge flood warnings have been made (source: Environment Agency).

*Accurate as of 4th January 2013

HomeBuyer Report

Should we book a HomeBuyer Report, Full Structural Survey or Building Survey for a home in Woodford Bridge and which one is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey and is essentially the same.

If the Woodford Bridge property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. thatch roof), RICS advise the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out alterations, RICS recommend you carry out a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it will give you comprehensive details of the Woodford Bridge property's general condition as well as advice on structural defects , general repairs as well as maintenance options .

For more details get an instant Woodford Bridge Survey Quote on our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Landfill site near home

What should we be wary of when buying a house next to a landfill site

Sites used for landfill take many forms including commercial waste material. No one really wants to live near one (most people do live near one). Risks include heavy metals. Health issues like gut problems have been associated with landfill sites .

Surveyors in Woodford Bridge will notice any structural issues connected with the site. Your conveyancer will conduct conveyancing searches of the Landmark databases as well as Epping Forest Local Authority and inform you of any issues and let you know if the searches fail .



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the early 70s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to create issues? Does the Home Survey cover this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

The content of soil around the foundations of a Woodford Bridge property will have an impact, with sub-soil shrinkage and movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content being relatively common. Expansive and reactive types of clay soil can be troublesome. Expansive clay soil is particularly sensitive to shifts in water content. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable warping of floorboards, to complete structural failure.

Taking precautions, such as after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building, can make long term maintenance easier, and keep repair costs manageable. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

Damage resulting from flooding

Is there a flood risk in Woodford Bridge, and will the home buyers survey inquire into any flooding damage, or if other properties have been affected?

Recent conflict between insurers has the government has caused a great deal of uncertainty, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. A surveyor has a number of options to assess whether a property is vulnerable. In addition, the HomeBuyer Report may advise on urgent repairs.An awareness of characteristics of the Woodford Bridge area likely to affect the property also enables the surveyor to advise flooding may be a risk. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the property owner or occupier, but this information may not be accurate.

No recent Woodford Bridge flood warnings have been made (source: Environment Agency).

*Accurate as of 4th January 2013

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