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Home Buyers Survey in Finchley

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Do you need a Home Buyers Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a HomeBuyer Report

    Homebuyer Report in Finchley

    The Homebuyer Report is the best choice if planning to purchase a home made of conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years. Find out more

  • Property suitable for a Building Survey

    Building Survey in Finchley

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Finchley) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard property such as thatched or older homes. Find out more

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Finchley

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation of the property. This is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute. Find out more

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Home Buyers Survey in Finchley

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Finchley and which one would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a Building Survey and is basically the same the same level of survey.

If the Finchley property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations on the property, you should you book a Building Survey. This survey is not as cheap however it will offer exhaustive analysis of the Finchley property's condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects and maintenance options .

For more details you can get a Finchley Homebuyers Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to a member of our team.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Does the Finchley home survey include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for reconstructing permanent outbuildings) and how does the surveyor work it out?

A Homebuyer Report on a Finchley building will include an independent valuation and a cost of reinstatement included in the cost of the survey. To work out the property's value your RICS valuer will take into account local Finchley market factors and other things about the property e.g. style of architecture The valuer will also consider style of architecture and make certain other assumptions, for example no contamination in or from ground. Surveyors ignore certain things like furnishings, for example curtains. It will also be assumed that there are no impossible to rectify legal problems for example consent for alteration having been given and complied with. Such concerns will be unravelled by your conveyancer.

Further area assumptions, like service connections, are made in addition to any local environmental problems like nearby pubs, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

A Building survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee ; call for more info. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Stone block wall damage

We are buying a Finchley house with Ham Hill stone walls. What matters should we be aware of?

Upkeep fees for stone-built properties can be higher than for more standard. Issues which impact the lifespan of stone-built elements are as diverse as the stone varieties themselves.

Regular stone walls are built with prepared or cut stone, called ashlar, and are often easier to maintain than walls of irregular construction. This is a generalisation however, as limestone or sandstone-built and regularly-coursed walls can decay rapidly when exposed to more extreme environmental conditions or pollution. Stone will also decay as a result of environmental conditions, for example, limestone can quickly deteriorate. Upkeep advice often given in a survey includes repointing mortar with a suitable material.

Conservatory

On a Finchley HomeBuyer Report can you give some examples of Condition rating 3 defects impacting 'E7 - Conservatory and porches' ?

This section covers conservatories and porches. Any signs of inappropriate use, such as using a conservatory as a bedroom or kitchen will also be mentioned in the report. Rotten railings, for example, is included in Section E. RICS HomeBuyer Reports are transparent, detailed surveys of residential property, with a minimum of technical jargon. The report uses colour coded condition ratings to give purchasers a clear understanding of the seriousness of any issues included in the survey. Red, or condition rating three, indicates particularly concerning issues. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given. Parts of the report which do not apply to the specific Finchley house being surveyed will be indicated with a 'NI', or 'not inspected'. 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.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We have read that Finchley property built on clay soil can experience problems. Does the Finchley Building Survey cover this? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil, with subsidence being a common example. In Finchley's relatively mild climate, the variations in volume which clay soil experiences will be barely noticeable, but extended dry or wet spells may well impact the soil's stability and affecting the property itself. The real impact of this could reveal itself as anything from unremarkable cracked plaster, to complete structural failure. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building. If soil moisture levels must be kept stable, uniform spread of the moisture is essential. Subsidence and heave can be caused by a general increase or decrease in moisture, but isolated patches of wet and dry can just as easily warp foundations, putting them under even greater pressure.