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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.

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  • 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.

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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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Looking for a Property Survey ? Which one should you opt for?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in St Mary Cray

    A RICS Homebuyer Report should be chosen when planning to buy a property made of conventional building materials such as brick & tile, in reasonable repair and not over 100 years in age.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in St Mary Cray

    The Building Survey (once known as a Full Structural Survey in St Mary Cray) is also carried out by a RICS surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this when buying a non standard property such as mundic houses.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in St Mary Cray

    This is an impartial valuation . It is often chosen by cash buyers or someone needing a formal valuation e.g. a dispute.

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HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in St Mary Cray and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is basically the same the same.

If the St Mary Cray property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any works or an extension, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will give you a thorough analysis of the St Mary Cray property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a St Mary Cray House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller said subsidence could be a concern impacting the apartment. What subsidence issues does the St Mary Cray Surveyor report on?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement does happen in more modern buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. In general, homes in St Mary Cray are constructed from a range of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Cracks to a corridor are a clear suggestion of subsidence, but they may be harmless. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected

sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Asbestos roof tiles

The agent said there might be an asbestos tank in the flat. What is asbestos and will the HomeBuyer report cover this?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic fibrous substance. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials including rain water goods. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent resistance to chemical damage properties, it may be found in gutters. Technically all forms are pernicious and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered on no account to break asbestos. Professional advice should be sought without delay.

Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos on a St Mary Cray survey. Your surveyor will note potential asbestos risks and will suggest further investigation.

Building Surveys on houses

Do I need to obtain a full structural survey when considering a derelict sixties townhouse near St Mary Cray as opposed to a HomeBuyer Report?

Periodically referred to as the Full Structural Survey by many, this survey is now defunct and has actually been re-titled by RICS and the correct term is actually now the Building Survey. Choose a Building Survey if you are considering the house referred to. A HomeBuyer Report goes into enough detail if buying a post fifties St Mary Cray house of standard building materials. There are some caveats are integral with a property survey because a surveyor wont be able to (unless safe to do so) open up the structure of the St Mary Cray house nor can they assess the serviceability of energy sources.

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to choose a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in St Mary Cray and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey but is basically the same the same.

If the St Mary Cray property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any works or an extension, it would be better that you opt for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report however it will give you a thorough analysis of the St Mary Cray property's state of repair along with advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice why not obtain a St Mary Cray House Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller said subsidence could be a concern impacting the apartment. What subsidence issues does the St Mary Cray Surveyor report on?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement does happen in more modern buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact. In general, homes in St Mary Cray are constructed from a range of materials. These will contract at different rates.

Cracks to a corridor are a clear suggestion of subsidence, but they may be harmless. Organic material in the sub-soil can also create issues. Organic material such as peat is usually stable if kept moist by the water level, but if the soil dries out, this organic matter will begin to rot and become unstable. The weight of the foundations will then compress the sub soil.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. Any further movement, or risk of movement, must be halted. In serious cases, underpinning may be required. Underpinning involves holes being dug 1 metre long and around 1.5 metres deep, along all affected



sections of wall, and just beneath the present foundations. Reinforcement bars and concrete are then inserted into these pits to support the structure, as the rest of the foundations are dug out and similarly filled in with concrete. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

Asbestos roof tiles

The agent said there might be an asbestos tank in the flat. What is asbestos and will the HomeBuyer report cover this?

Asbestos is a carcinogenic fibrous substance. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and were commonly found in the building materials including rain water goods. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent resistance to chemical damage properties, it may be found in gutters. Technically all forms are pernicious and can lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered on no account to break asbestos. Professional advice should be sought without delay.

Surveyors cannot tell you whether there is asbestos on a St Mary Cray survey. Your surveyor will note potential asbestos risks and will suggest further investigation.

Building Surveys on houses

Do I need to obtain a full structural survey when considering a derelict sixties townhouse near St Mary Cray as opposed to a HomeBuyer Report?

Periodically referred to as the Full Structural Survey by many, this survey is now defunct and has actually been re-titled by RICS and the correct term is actually now the Building Survey. Choose a Building Survey if you are considering the house referred to. A HomeBuyer Report goes into enough detail if buying a post fifties St Mary Cray house of standard building materials. There are some caveats are integral with a property survey because a surveyor wont be able to (unless safe to do so) open up the structure of the St Mary Cray house nor can they assess the serviceability of energy sources.

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