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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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Do you need a Building Survey? Which one is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Kew

    A Homebuyer Report should be selected when planning to purchase a home built from conventional materials i.e. tile and brick, in reasonable order and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Kew

    A Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Kew) is also carried out by a MRICS/FRICS chartered surveyor but is more detailed. Choose this when buying a non standard e.g. timber frame homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Kew

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation of the property. This report is usually chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Kew and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Kew property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Kew property's condition and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more details get a Kew Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have heard that subsidence in Kew has been an issue. What subsidence-related matters will the Surveyor reveal?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a structure, but some degree of movement will always occur. Recently built homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. The builder will likely return to a new structure within a few months to make good any settlement cracks.

Soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground and can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. Inside the property, keep an eye out for doors and windows that are more difficult to open.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.This need not be expensive.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. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Window frame

On a Kew HomeBuyer Report, what could a a green light rating mean for windows?

A rating of 'green', or 1, means that the element of the property being investigated is in good condition. This rating does not, however, mean that no future maintenance is required. Regular upkeep may still be appropriate or even necessary. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of to what extent each defect requires attention.

One example would be a damp, rotten door frame. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily.

Building Surveys on houses

What are the benefits to go for the full structural survey rather than a HomeBuyer Report?

Full Structural Surveys don't actually exist now and the Building Survey is the new more technical home survey. This is now the best survey when buying an unusual property like a neglected house. A Building Survey gives crucial advice on the buildings construction and uses in addition to any important technical details a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of the house.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we select a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in Kew and which would be the cheapest?

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

If the Kew property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to carry out an extension, RICS recommend you go for a Building Survey. This more detailed survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with a thorough analysis of the Kew property's condition and it includes an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more details get a Kew Survey Quote online or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

I have heard that subsidence in Kew has been an issue. What subsidence-related matters will the Surveyor reveal?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a structure, but some degree of movement will always occur. Recently built homes, for example, will need to settle under the weight of the building. The builder will likely return to a new structure within a few months to make good any settlement cracks.

Soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that flat ground and can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. Inside the property, keep an eye out for doors and windows that are more difficult to open.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution.This need not be expensive.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. If the load-bearing parts of the property have been damaged, these may be repaired with steel rods, fixed into place with cement to restore the structural integrity of the building. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Window frame

On a Kew HomeBuyer Report, what could a a green light rating mean for windows?

A rating of 'green', or 1, means that the element of the property being investigated is in good condition. This rating does not, however, mean that no future maintenance is required. Regular upkeep may still be appropriate or even necessary. The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, and avoid potentially unfamiliar technical language. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of to what extent each defect requires attention.

One example would be a damp, rotten door frame. Where practicable, all windows are to be opened and closed, but not forced open, and vulnerable areas closely examined. The surveyor should make notes and advise the client whether it is possible to operate the window transoms/openings satisfactorily.

Building Surveys on houses

What are the benefits to go for the full structural survey rather than a HomeBuyer Report?

Full Structural Surveys don't actually exist now and the Building Survey is the new more technical home survey. This is now the best survey when buying an unusual property like a neglected house. A Building Survey gives crucial advice on the buildings construction and uses in addition to any important technical details a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of the house.

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