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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.

Surveyor Local has earned hundreds of five star reviews from happy clients.

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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Looking for a Home Survey ? Which one should you choose?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in West Ham

    A Homebuyer Report is the best choice when buying a property constructed from standard materials i.e. brick and tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years.

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in West Ham

    The Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in West Ham) is also conducted by a MRICS or FRICS qualified surveyor but is more exhaustive. Choose this option for unconventional such as box frame construction or older buildings.

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in West Ham

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

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HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in West Ham and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the West Ham property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any significant alterations, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does provide you with comprehensive details of the West Ham property's general condition and it includes an opinion on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant West Ham House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder suggested subsidence could be an issue affecting the house. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues will the Building Survey inspect?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement does occur in recently built buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In general, homes in West Ham are built with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks to a plaster are a plain indication of subsidence, but they may be harmless. In extreme conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.

Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there could be loose asbestos ceiling material affecting the property. What is asbestos and can it be easily removed?

Asbestos is a noxious material formed from metamorphic rocks. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White and they were commonly used in building materials e.g. painted over ceilings. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent fire retarding properties, it may be found in lagging. Technically all forms are ultimately pernicious and might lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to break the asbestos and professional advice must be taken urgently.

Surveyors cannot confirm the existence asbestos on a West Ham home survey. Surveyors will report on the risk of asbestos and should inform you of the options.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as reconstructing permanent outbuildings) and what does it include?

The Homebuyer Report contains an independent valuation and a rebuilding cost. To fully consider the value of the property your chartered surveyor will factor in awareness of the West Ham property market and other considerations relating to the property e.g. number of bedrooms The surveyor will also consider materials used and will use key assumptions e.g. the property isn't on a land fill site. Surveyors will ignore things like furnishings, for example curtains.

It will be assumed that there aren't any serious legal issues e.g. Rights of access and egress over all communal areas. These will be investigated by your solicitor or licensed conveyancer..

Further area assumptions, like the property being insurable, are made in addition to any West Ham environmental issues like local West Ham industrial considerations, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

HomeBuyer Report

Should I get a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a house in West Ham and which one would be the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has a new name called a Building Survey, however it is essentially the same comprehensive survey.

If the West Ham property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS recommend a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are planning to do any significant alterations, RICS recommend you choose a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does provide you with comprehensive details of the West Ham property's general condition and it includes an opinion on defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For further advice why not get an instant West Ham House Survey Quote online or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

A local builder suggested subsidence could be an issue affecting the house. What are the risks, and what subsidence issues will the Building Survey inspect?

Subsidence refers to the movement of a building and its foundations. Home buyers can confuse subsidence with settlement. Settlement does occur in recently built buildings, and is rarely a cause for concern. The structure's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In general, homes in West Ham are built with a variety of materials, each with a different shrinkage rate.

Cracks to a plaster are a plain indication of subsidence, but they may be harmless. In extreme conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence. It has been estimated that around 70% subsidence cases are caused by tree roots drawing moisture from the soil. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.



Asbestos roof tiles

The seller's agent said there could be loose asbestos ceiling material affecting the property. What is asbestos and can it be easily removed?

Asbestos is a noxious material formed from metamorphic rocks. The 3 main types are Blue, Brown and White and they were commonly used in building materials e.g. painted over ceilings. Its use is widespread, for example - as it has excellent fire retarding properties, it may be found in lagging. Technically all forms are ultimately pernicious and might lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered not to break the asbestos and professional advice must be taken urgently.

Surveyors cannot confirm the existence asbestos on a West Ham home survey. Surveyors will report on the risk of asbestos and should inform you of the options.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and an estimate of rebuild costs for insurance purposes (including additional costs such as reconstructing permanent outbuildings) and what does it include?

The Homebuyer Report contains an independent valuation and a rebuilding cost. To fully consider the value of the property your chartered surveyor will factor in awareness of the West Ham property market and other considerations relating to the property e.g. number of bedrooms The surveyor will also consider materials used and will use key assumptions e.g. the property isn't on a land fill site. Surveyors will ignore things like furnishings, for example curtains.

It will be assumed that there aren't any serious legal issues e.g. Rights of access and egress over all communal areas. These will be investigated by your solicitor or licensed conveyancer..

Further area assumptions, like the property being insurable, are made in addition to any West Ham environmental issues like local West Ham industrial considerations, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

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