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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.

The surveyor who produces your report will be local to you with local knowledge of the area.

  • RICS qualified surveyor
  • Can help you negotiate on the property price
  • Thorough and accurate report
  • Clear traffic-light ratings for all aspects of the property
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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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The content of survey reports will vary considerably due to factors including the age, type, location and condition of the property, and materials used in its construction.

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  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
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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 Property Survey should you select?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Otford

    The Homebuyer Report is the right choice if planning to purchase a home constructed from conventional materials such as tile & brick, not dilapidated and constructed after 1900.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Otford

    The Building Survey (previously called a Full Structural Survey in Otford) is also carried out by a RICS surveyor but is more thorough. Choose this when buying a non standard property such as stone slab roof homes.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Otford

    This is an independent valuation . It is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. for probate.

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Recent Home Surveys
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  • Building Survey
    Yew Tree Cottages, High Street, Kemsing, Kent, TN15

  • HomeBuyer Report
    Fairfield Road, Borough Green, TN15

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Otford and of the 3, which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Otford property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any major works on the property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap but it will give you comprehensive details of the Otford property's state of repair as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Otford Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses in Otford generate lots of maintenance costs for a new owner? Are there specific factors to bear in mind, and what will the survey reveal?

Buyers of a stone-built listed building should consider that upkeep respects the original fabric of the property. This is monitored by the local council. Issues including delaminated render affect many stone-walled buildings in Otford. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as repointing of loose or crumbling mortar.

The sheer breadth of varying stone materials can make it difficult for purchasers to correctly identify the particular stone used in the building of a home. Quarries in Otford should be able to supply local stone.

Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Borough Green Sandpits Ltd, Platt Industrial Estate, Maidstone Rd, Platt, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8JL, quarrying Sand, for details. Call 01732 885563 for more information.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are intending to purchase a ground floor flat in Otford, does the home buyers survey inquire into any flooding damage, or if the garden have been affected?

2012 was the 2nd wettest year on record, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the house in question is in danger. The property survey may also, where appropriate, outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep.Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect house enables the chartered surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. Also included on Environment Agency's flood danger alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour commented that there could be some brown asbestos roof tiles affecting the house. What is asbestos and how is it remedied?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous mineral of several naturally occurring materials. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials for example insulating board. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good fire retarding properties, it may be found in coatings spayed on beams.

All forms are ultimately potentially deadly and may lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods.

If discovered, one must be careful never to displace the asbestos and professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. You should never attempt to handle it yourself.

Surveyors do not tell you whether there is asbestos on a Otford survey. They will report on possible asbestos and should inform you of the options.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Otford and of the 3, which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey, although it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Otford property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to make any major works on the property, RICS advise you opt for a Building Survey. This option is less cheap but it will give you comprehensive details of the Otford property's state of repair as well as including information on defects and maintenance options .

For further advice why not obtain an instant Otford Survey Quote or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Stone block wall damage

Do stone-walled houses in Otford generate lots of maintenance costs for a new owner? Are there specific factors to bear in mind, and what will the survey reveal?

Buyers of a stone-built listed building should consider that upkeep respects the original fabric of the property. This is monitored by the local council. Issues including delaminated render affect many stone-walled buildings in Otford. Irregular stone walls are found throughout the county, and can require more care and attention that regular, brick-like stone walls due greater impact the weather can have on exposed mortar. Different stone types will also decay a different rates based on environmental conditions. For example, exposure to the elements (especially in areas of higher pollution) will cause many limestones to rapidly degrade. Stone walls require regular maintenance, such as repointing of loose or crumbling mortar.

The sheer breadth of varying stone materials can make it difficult for purchasers to correctly identify the particular stone used in the building of a home. Quarries in Otford should be able to supply local stone.



Contact a local mine or quarry, e.g. Borough Green Sandpits Ltd, Platt Industrial Estate, Maidstone Rd, Platt, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8JL, quarrying Sand, for details. Call 01732 885563 for more information.

Damage resulting from flooding

We are intending to purchase a ground floor flat in Otford, does the home buyers survey inquire into any flooding damage, or if the garden have been affected?

2012 was the 2nd wettest year on record, and it is not clear that reasonably-priced flooding insurance will be available in years to come. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the house in question is in danger. The property survey may also, where appropriate, outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep.Familiarity with characteristics of the local area likely to affect house enables the chartered surveyor to surmise flooding may be a risk, even if the property has not itself flooded before. Also included on Environment Agency's flood danger alert are details of local rivers and other bodies of water prone to flooding.

Asbestos roof tiles

The neighbour commented that there could be some brown asbestos roof tiles affecting the house. What is asbestos and how is it remedied?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous mineral of several naturally occurring materials. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials for example insulating board. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has very good fire retarding properties, it may be found in coatings spayed on beams.

All forms are ultimately potentially deadly and may lead to lung cancer or scarring of the lung if inhaled over sustained periods.

If discovered, one must be careful never to displace the asbestos and professional advice should be sought as soon as possible. You should never attempt to handle it yourself.

Surveyors do not tell you whether there is asbestos on a Otford survey. They will report on possible asbestos and should inform you of the options.

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