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  Mortgage Valuation
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  Homebuyer Report
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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 Home Survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Richmond Upon Thames

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when purchasing a home built from conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, not dilapidated and less than 100 years old.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Richmond Upon Thames

    The RICS Building Survey (which used to be called a Full Structural Survey in Richmond Upon Thames) will also be carried out by a MRICS/FRICS surveyor but is more comprehensive. Choose this survey when buying a non standard e.g. stone houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Richmond Upon Thames

    This is a professional valuation . This report is usually chosen by mortgage free purchasers or anyone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Richmond Upon Thames and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Richmond Upon Thames property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any major works, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it does offer a thorough analysis of the Richmond Upon Thames property's general condition as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Richmond Upon Thames House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect could wet weather have on a home in Richmond Upon Thames? Will the surveyor report on this?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which wet conditions has on houses in Richmond Upon Thames is rarely paid due attention by property buyers. If you have investigated the home on a clear day, defects may not have been obvious. Signs that drainage systems are damaged include spalling masonry, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Whether buying in Richmond Upon Thames or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to repair. Where this is not maintained, the damage becomes increasing costly to remedy.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Richmond Upon Thames? Will the Home Survey consider this?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Richmond Upon Thames buyers. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a structure. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable cracked plaster, 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. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Chimney stacks

In the HomeBuyer Report, what effect can a green light rating have on chimney stacks?

The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand. As buyers in Richmond Upon Thames are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. The report uses colour coded condition ratings to give house purchasers a clear understanding of the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Aspects of the property in good or excellent condition are marked as 'green' with a condition rating of 1. Elements of Section E marked as condition rating 1 may however still require regular maintenance. Not inspected' is used to indicate those subsections of Section E which do not apply to the Richmond Upon Thames residence. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.

These elements are visually reviewed from the ground if the roof is difficult to access. A missing or cracked chimney cap would be reported here, for example.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report for a house in Richmond Upon Thames and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Richmond Upon Thames property is an apartment, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to make any major works, RICS recommend you opt for a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap however it does offer a thorough analysis of the Richmond Upon Thames property's general condition as well as including an opinion on defects and maintenance options .

For more details why not get a Richmond Upon Thames House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect could wet weather have on a home in Richmond Upon Thames? Will the surveyor report on this?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the effect which wet conditions has on houses in Richmond Upon Thames is rarely paid due attention by property buyers. If you have investigated the home on a clear day, defects may not have been obvious. Signs that drainage systems are damaged include spalling masonry, but you may wish to ask your surveyor for more detail. Whether buying in Richmond Upon Thames or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to repair. Where this is not maintained, the damage becomes increasing costly to remedy.



Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Is clay soil an issue in Richmond Upon Thames? Will the Home Survey consider this?

Negative effects that clay soil can have on a structure can create long-term problems for Richmond Upon Thames buyers. Evidence of clay soil-related problems can sometimes be found throughout a structure. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable cracked plaster, 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. Additional strengthening or support of the structure's foundations may be required, including underpinning or piling.

Chimney stacks

In the HomeBuyer Report, what effect can a green light rating have on chimney stacks?

The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand. As buyers in Richmond Upon Thames are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. The report uses colour coded condition ratings to give house purchasers a clear understanding of the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Aspects of the property in good or excellent condition are marked as 'green' with a condition rating of 1. Elements of Section E marked as condition rating 1 may however still require regular maintenance. Not inspected' is used to indicate those subsections of Section E which do not apply to the Richmond Upon Thames residence. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.

These elements are visually reviewed from the ground if the roof is difficult to access. A missing or cracked chimney cap would be reported here, for example.

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