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We work with RICS qualified surveyors around the country who offer high quality property surveys at a great price. Surveyor Local gives you piece of mind about your future property, and offers RICS HomeBuyer Reports, Building Surveys and Property Valuations.

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On the next page, you will see quotes for a Building or HomeBuyer Survey, along with a Property Valuation.

Surveyor Local only works with surveyors regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

A Building or HomeBuyer Survey helps buyers make more informed decisions.

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All Surveyor Local's surveyors are independent and not linked to any mortgage lenders.

Surveys can help buyers avoid costly repairs and negotiate a better purchase price.

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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 Building Survey should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in North London

    The RICS Homebuyer Report is the best choice if you are buying a property built from standard materials such as tile & brick, in reasonable repair and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in North London

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in North London) will also be carried out by a RICS surveyor and is more exhaustive. Select this survey when buying a non standard , for example mundic houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in North London

    This is an independent valuation . It is chosen by cash purchasers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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    Ryalls Court, Oakleigh Road North, London, N20

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    Greenway Close, London, N11

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in North London and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same.

If the North London property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any major works, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the North London property's state of repair in addition to more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant North London House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damaged Render

What problems will the Surveyor look for on a stucco regency house in North London.

Stucco is really just a sort of flat finish render. Commonly it is applied to underlying brick that dries to a smooth stone like appearance. The effect is highly aesthetic and was often found on Regency houses. Sometimes it can have lime in it as well as a plastic under mesh to stop cracks. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors in North London commonly discover potentially expensive to remedy problems for example trapped water resulting in internal damp problems requiring costly repairs

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include when the stucco is taken down to ground level and bypasses the Damp Proof Course. Re-covering Stucco problems may be costly as the skills are getting harder to find.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We noticed cracks along the kitchen ceiling, is this subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what subsidence information does the North London Building Survey include?

Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. In addition, some homes in North London are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks to a corridor are a clear sign of subsidence. Fortunately, these are in many cases benign. Inside the house, keep an eye out for new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We need Flemish bond upkeep suggestions, can the surveyor help?

Brick-built North London buildings feature several advantages. Unfortunately, they also be affected by several common problems, including inadequate damp-proofing and badly applied render.

A defect often found is diagonal cracks which widen as they move upwards. These may result from ground movement, or where a timber element of the wall has rotted away. Greenhill Patrick may be able to give an estimate for any necessary upkeep. Contact them at 21 Merryhills Ct, London, N14 4AY or 07950 335709.

As an example, English bond, featuring alternating rows of long and short faces of bricks.

Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to book a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in North London and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same.

If the North London property is an apartment, or is a period property, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), you should go for the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any major works, RICS advise you carry out a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it does give you an in-depth analysis of the North London property's state of repair in addition to more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant North London House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damaged Render

What problems will the Surveyor look for on a stucco regency house in North London.

Stucco is really just a sort of flat finish render. Commonly it is applied to underlying brick that dries to a smooth stone like appearance. The effect is highly aesthetic and was often found on Regency houses. Sometimes it can have lime in it as well as a plastic under mesh to stop cracks. Stucco is often prone to defect and Surveyors in North London commonly discover potentially expensive to remedy problems for example trapped water resulting in internal damp problems requiring costly repairs

Another example of problems associated with stucco may include when the stucco is taken down to ground level and bypasses the Damp Proof Course. Re-covering Stucco problems may be costly as the skills are getting harder to find.



Wall cracks caused by subsidence

We noticed cracks along the kitchen ceiling, is this subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what subsidence information does the North London Building Survey include?

Movement of the foundations of a structure is called subsidence. In addition, some homes in North London are constructed from a range of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks to a corridor are a clear sign of subsidence. Fortunately, these are in many cases benign. Inside the house, keep an eye out for new cracks in the plaster, and 'rippling' in wallpaper that isn't caused by damp.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Place pine, birch and cherry trees, for example, at least 10m away. Underpinning could be the only option in some cases, unfortunately. Underpinning is usually a last resort due to the cost and inconvenience. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We need Flemish bond upkeep suggestions, can the surveyor help?

Brick-built North London buildings feature several advantages. Unfortunately, they also be affected by several common problems, including inadequate damp-proofing and badly applied render.

A defect often found is diagonal cracks which widen as they move upwards. These may result from ground movement, or where a timber element of the wall has rotted away. Greenhill Patrick may be able to give an estimate for any necessary upkeep. Contact them at 21 Merryhills Ct, London, N14 4AY or 07950 335709.

As an example, English bond, featuring alternating rows of long and short faces of bricks.

Consider the advice of both the surveyor and a builder or other specialist if potential structural defects arise during the survey.

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Recent North London Surveyor Reports

  • Missing restraint leads to roof spread

    By Scott Oke January 9th, 2013

    Following the inspection of a converted roof space on a home in Mill Hill, London, we noted a significant crack in the meeting of the rafters. The original roof structure has been converted into a habitable room and there is no indication of any excessive distortion which suggests the...