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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 Hackney

    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

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    Building Survey in Hackney

    The RICS Building Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Hackney) 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

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    Property Valuation Report in Hackney

    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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External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We are buying in Hackney and are looking for houses constructed with diagonal bond walls. What warnings would a property surveyor in Hackney give?

By far the most popular, and the most durable, construction material across the centuries has been the use of brick. And, because brick has been used for constructing homes and other buildings for so long, bricklayers and designers have devised a wide variety of designs for how the bricks are placed together, from the common and simple stretcher, Flemish and English bonds to the more complex designs.

What the bricks and the way that they are laid all have in common is that they all have their susceptibilities, which your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will analyse and inspect as part of your survey. Some of the more typical issues are:

  • frost attack and damage, where water gets into the brick’s pores and expands as it freezes
  • spalling, where the brick flakes and crumbles, usually precipitated by other problems or the poor original construction of the brick
  • efflorescence or staining, where salts, metals or other impurities are brought to the surface as the wall dries out
  • sulphate attack, which is a serious issue causing instability, where the bricks are subjected to long-term water saturation causing the mortar to cease bonding
  • wall-tie failure, where the wall-tie either rusts or wasn’t embedded in the mortar properly, resulting in the walls pulling apart
  • weathering and disintegration, a particular problem where the brick is open to the harsher elements and weather
  • mortar deterioration, where the bond between bricks breaks down; repointing will fix the problem if caught early enough

In all cases, your Surveyor Local chartered surveyor will inspect the condition of the walls (where the brick is visible) and check for issues, highlighting the state in the report, and making recommendations for remedial action (long-term or immediate) depending on what has been found. It is always worth getting a selection of quotes from accredited and recommended builders for any of the work that has been identified.

Time to get your survey lined up in a great chartered surveyor’s diary. Call our waiting team of friendly advisers on 0800 038 6667 to get things moving.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have been informed that clay soil can cause problems for buildings in Hackney. Can we expect the Building Survey to mention this, and what information on defects will be reported?

One of the principal defects that a chartered surveyor will look for during the inspection of a property is the dreaded subsidence, which conjures up images of sagging walls, large cracks along the property and even collapse.

Subsidence is defined as sudden or gradual shrinkage in the soil that surrounds foundations of a building, forcing a downward settling of the building as the weight becomes too much for the subsoil to support as it once did, and it usually occurs with little or no movement along the horizontal.

The primary causes of subsidence are clay soil, which is particularly susceptible as it dries out, dissolution or wearing of underground layers, removal of subsoil fluid, oxidation of soils, mining and other extractions, washing away of soils, location of trees and other vegetation sucking up the moisture, damaged drains, vibration from nearby heavy traffic, and nearby construction works.

Because of the severity of these issues, it is vitally important that an expert chartered surveyor from Surveyor Local checks the property in Hackney in order to report on the condition, the diagnosis and recommendations for any immediate action to be taken to resolve the situation.

If you are still concerned about the property you are planning to buy, why not give our waiting advisers a call on 0800 038 6667 to discuss your needs in more detail?

Damage caused by high rainfall

What effect will rain have on a home in Hackney? And could it affect the property value?

The Environment Agency has estimated that around 1 in every 6 homes around the country is at risk from some sort of flooding, with more than half of those susceptible from surface water alone. The risk of floods needs to be taken seriously, since ingress of water to a property can threaten safety as well as causing major damage and disruption in the aftermath. It also has an impact on the property’s value and its insurability and the premiums that will be required to be paid. So, it makes sense to get your survey carried out by an experienced company like Surveyor Local.

There are many causes of flooding, and, even if your home is not anywhere near a body of water, this is no reason for complacency. The sources of flooding include:

  • surface water from prolonged and heavy downpours, exacerbated in areas where the water can’t drain away such as tarmac and paving slabs
  • groundwater from heavy and prolonged rain and the water levels rise
  • rivers which can’t contain higher levels of water flow
  • coastal areas where high tides meet with low pressure storms
  • burst water main where the run-off water enters your property
  • burst water tank, radiators and other plumbing issues

Because of the increasing likelihood of flooding in the UK and the problems it causes, it becomes an essential part of looking for a new home to establish its history with flooding and the risk to the local area.

The chartered surveyor will check the likely impact of any flooding on the property and its contents, providing recommendations to reduce or even eliminate the effects should it occur.

Get your survey in the diary of one of the best chartered surveyors available with Surveyor Local by calling our waiting team of advisers on 0800 038 6667.

Stone-block wall damage

We are purchasing an 1860s residential property with stone walls in Hackney. Are there specific matters to bear in mind, and what will the survey reveal?

From Broadway Dark Cream Limestone to Portland Hard Blue Limestone, there are many types of stone used in the construction of homes in this country. Faults common to poorly-maintained stone walls can include spalling brick (the symptoms of which are large flakes coming off).

The two main forms of mortared stone wall construction are regular (cut into geometrical straight shapes) and irregular (the rugged look). Dry-stone construction is used in garden walls and field boundaries but is rarely employed for inhabited structures.

The choice of stone will impact on the lifespan of a structure (for example, slate is more damp-resistant than many other forms of stone, as is granite). Repair advice often includes removal of invasive plants, such as ivy.

Contact a local mine or quarry or talk to your surveyor about your concerns.

If you’re not sure what survey you need to help resolve your problems, you can try Surveyor Local’s report comparison by clicking on compare surveys. When you’re ready, call us at Surveyor Local on 0800 038 6667; we’re open 7 days a week for your convenience.

Other external areas of the property

For a HomeBuyer Report on a Hackney house, what could an amber rating indicate for 'E9 - Other'?

The HomeBuyer Report is specifically designed and laid out so that clients can find what they want easily and, more importantly, understand what the report is saying. In summary, the product provides:

  • a clearer layout, so that the information within it is obvious and can be found easily and swiftly
  • an energy performance rating, bringing it in line with current legislation
  • modern design broken down into the clear areas of the inspection (e.g. about the property, inside, outside, services, etc.)
  • colour-coded condition ratings using a traffic-light system for instant visual understanding (1 (green) – no repairs required; 2 (amber) – needs repair or replacement but not immediately urgent; 3 (red) – needs urgent repair, replacement or financial investment)
  • performed by a skilled chartered surveyor, such as the thorough and focused surveyors we have available at Surveyor Local
  • less comprehensive and detailed (and therefore cheaper) than the Building Survey, but significantly more detailed than the Condition Report
  • written in plain English with no technical or jargon terminology for easy understanding of the condition of the building

Section E in the HomeBuyer Report (Outside the Property) covers anything belonging to the property that is observable from the outside (for example, wooden access steps that touch soil and may rot). Subsection 9 covers other aspects that do not sit comfortably elsewhere in section E (for example, fastener problems with a conservatory roof). Your surveyor can provide more details, if required.

Amber, or condition rating 2, defects will need to be repaired or replaced at some point, but, in contrast to the more serious, red-rated defects, these issues do not require immediate attention. The format of the RICS HomeBuyer Report is clear and easy to read. As buyers in Hackney are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Green, orange and red ratings are an indication of how concerning each aspect of the report is.

The HomeBuyer Report costs an average of £400, although this is dependent on the size and location of the property. Surveyor Local offers a quality survey product for a very competitive price, so it makes sense to try our online quote calculator (simply fill in a few details in the form at the top of this page) or call us on 0800 038 6667.

If in doubt, get an instant Hackney house survey quote on our site or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to one of our advisers. Or you could compare the offerings from Surveyor Local by clicking compare the surveys.

Landfill site near home

What should I be worried about if buying a home in the region a rubbish tip near Hackney?

A ‘landfill site’ is the generic term given for specialist locations licensed by the government (and the Environment Agency) for any material that won’t be recycled or reused to be dumped, buried or collected in one place. Because of the shortage of new locations for landfill, and the reduction in available space at existing ones, this explains the drive for better recycling options.

However, be aware that recycling areas can present as much of a hazard as the familiar dumping sites, with noxious chemicals spilling into the environment, either in the ground, through the water-table, the drains or airborne, especially where waste is burnt.

Specialist licenses are required for those companies operating such sites, and these are inspected to ensure that all legal measures are being correctly enforced and complied with.

Whether it’s a local authority tip, a recycling centre, or a true landfill site, no-one would willingly wish to live in close proximity to one (although the large majority of the British population do). For this reason, it makes complete sense for your surveyor to check out the environmental and structural impact of such necessary waste management sites on the property you are wishing to buy, not only from the environmental side of things but also from the traffic passing in and out of the site and how the vibrations might be impacting the foundations and the environs.

Where there is cause for concern, or if there appears to contamination that is attributable directly to such sites, your surveyor will note this in the report and highlight the severity for remedial action, often placing it in the section for consideration by your conveyancing solicitor to look into with the appropriate authorities.

Your Surveyor Local surveyor will have a deep knowledge of the local area and will therefore be aware of where landfill sites have been closed and built over. In some instances, movement in what has been buried may be a cause or start of subsidence, and they will be able to advise accordingly.

An interactive map of the location of UK’s current operational landfill sites can be found online, such as this one by Anyjunk.

Try our instant Hackney home survey quote generator (at the top of this page you can fill in a few simple details), or, if you prefer to talk to someone, call our team of advisers on 0800 038 6667 to get your free quote.

Gas flame

Will the surveyor look into the state of the gas flues at the terraced house in Hackney?

Everyone is aware that the volatility and the highly inflammable nature of natural gas make it a very dangerous substance if not regulated and checked by qualified experts. It is also for this reason that, where there is a gas supply to a property, your chartered surveyor will inspect the system.

All work on gas appliances and connection to the mains must comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, while any new heat-producing gas appliance installed (e.g. a cooker hob, or gas fire) requires the Local Authority to be informed so that it will comply with building regulations in order to gain the requisite approval.

A certificate of works will be provided by a qualified Gas Safe engineer, and this will be sought and checked for validity and status by the surveyor during the inspection. Regulations legally require landlords to complete appliance and installation inspections annually. Non-compliance penalties include heavy fines.

As part of the survey, the chartered surveyor will visually check all the accessible parts of the gas system, such as the meter location and position and any gas-connected fixtures like chimney breasts or flues. However, if there are any fittings, they won't be dislodged for inspection, and neither will they remove covers or piping since they are not qualified to do so.

Where the surveyor identifies any area for potential concern, they will note this in the survey report, with recommendations for any remedial action to be taken, alongside a measure of severity. Where a problem is deemed critical, if only for a qualified engineer to check and assess the situation, any significant cost can be used to open up conversations with the seller about the possibility of offsetting such a cost by reducing the asking price.

Gas is potentially hazardous and, should you have any concerns about it, call a Gas Safe engineer. If you smell gas, call the free national Gas Emergency Services number immediately on 0800 111 999.

Local highly-rated Gas Safe engineers in the area can be identified or located at the official Gas Safe Register site.

For a competitively-priced survey performed by one of the best chartered surveyors, call our friendly team of advisers on 0800 038 6667 today.

House prices

Is £925,000 a reasonable amount for buying a semi-detached property close to good transport links in the E8 postcode area? What things will a RICS surveyor evaluate when estimating house prices in Hackney?

A qualified RICS surveyor will go to the property as well as considering the wealth of area knowledge and factors that have a bearing on the value of property. There are a huge number of issues that could affect house prices (for example, the quality of nearby schools, or whether the garden is overlooked). It can help to benchmark selling-prices recorded for similar properties in Hackney.

This means the average price of completed transactions for semi-detached houses in Hackney in December 2018 was £919,236, which is £5,764 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Hackney were:

PriceProperty type
£552,684All properties
£508,819Flats/maisonettes
£781,695Terraced
£919,236Semi-detached
£974,590Detached

Information © 2019 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 13 February 2019

An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a HomeBuyer Report, which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as a core component. A qualified RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.

If you need further guidance, why not try our online Hackney home survey quote generator (scroll to the top of the page and fill in a few pieces of information) or call our team on 0800 038 6667?

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

I have been informed that clay soil can cause problems for buildings in Hackney. Can we expect the Building Survey to mention this, and what information on defects will be reported?

One of the principal defects that a chartered surveyor will look for during the inspection of a property is the dreaded subsidence, which conjures up images of sagging walls, large cracks along the property and even collapse.

Subsidence is defined as sudden or gradual shrinkage in the soil that surrounds foundations of a building, forcing a downward settling of the building as the weight becomes too much for the subsoil to support as it once did, and it usually occurs with little or no movement along the horizontal.

The primary causes of subsidence are clay soil, which is particularly susceptible as it dries out, dissolution or wearing of underground layers, removal of subsoil fluid, oxidation of soils, mining and other extractions, washing away of soils, location of trees and other vegetation sucking up the moisture, damaged drains, vibration from nearby heavy traffic, and nearby construction works.

Because of the severity of these issues, it is vitally important that an expert chartered surveyor from Surveyor Local checks the property in Hackney in order to report on the condition, the diagnosis and recommendations for any immediate action to be taken to resolve the situation.

If you are still concerned about the property you are planning to buy, why not give our waiting advisers a call on 0800 038 6667 to discuss your needs in more detail?

Gas flame

Will the surveyor look into the state of the gas flues?

Your surveyor will visually survey any accessible parts of the gas system. The survey will include the routing of any gas pipes as part of the Hackney survey, in addition to gas affiliated fixtures e.g. fireplaces. External fittings or covers won't actually be undone. Of course, gas can be hazardous, should you have any concerns about gas fittings or if you smell the distinctive smell of gas, call a gas engineer.

Gas Safe firms in Hackney include O Barnes Plumbing Heating of Flat 54, Broadway House, London, * Tel. 07989 876549 and JMM Heating And Plumbing of Flat 56, Runnymede House, Homerton Road, London Tel. 07985282199.

Conservation area

Are there any considerations I would need to be wary of when planning to buy a house in Hackney in Dalston Lane West conservation area ?

Dalston Lane West is in a conservation area and has been classed as very bad by English Heritage, with low vulnerability and unknown. For further information visit their website. There are nearly 10, 000 of conservation areas in the UK which are overseen by local councils. Dalston Lane West is monitored by London Borough of Hackney Council at Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, London, E8 1DY - Call 020 8356 3000. Your surveyor need to possess relevant knowledge of relevant local factors and the effect may have on the building. Values will probably be significantly higher which is down to them retaining original features.

Surveyors will tell you if the house looks like it may be is so classified and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a Hackney Homebuyer Report will advise further investigations are carried out by your legal adviser. Unauthorised adjustments that do not have Local Authority approval may be advised in your survey and these will be investigated in more detail by the lawyer.