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Home Buyers Survey in Lower Holloway

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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 Lower Holloway

    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 Lower Holloway

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

    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 Lower Holloway

HomeBuyer Report

Is it best to select a HomeBuyer Report, Building Survey or Full Structural Survey on a home in Lower Holloway and which would be cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey is now called a Building Survey and is effectively the same comprehensive survey.

If the Lower Holloway property is a flat or maisonette, or is a period property, or has been extended, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), you should choose a cheaper HomeBuyer Report.

If you intend to do any substantial modifications, RICS advise you book a Building Survey. This option is not as cheap as a HomeBuyer Report but it does provide you with comprehensive details of the Lower Holloway property's state of repair and it includes advice on structural defects as well as maintenance options .

For more information you can get an instant Lower Holloway Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

Asbestos roof tiles

The agent said there is a brown asbestos coating spayed on beams affecting the flat. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a dangerous fibrous substance. Some types were commonly found in the building materials for example roof tiles.

Asbestos was commonly used as it has good tensile strength qualities and it may be found in roof gutters. Technically all forms are dangerous and might lead to lung cancer following prolonged exposure. Should you find asbestos, you should be careful on no account to disturb the asbestos and expert advice must be taken as soon as possible.

Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Lower Holloway home survey. Your Lower Holloway surveyor should mention possible asbestos and will recommend professional testing.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

The property I am purchasing is built on clay soil. Will the Lower Holloway Home Survey consider this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?

If not monitored appropriately, the make up of the soil surrounding a property's foundations can create difficulties. Given the moisture content does have such a great affect of clay-rich soil, owners should be aware that defects can arise if environmental conditions change. Some clay soils are prone to creep, if the top soil and property lie on a slope. Either as a result of erosion or extreme weather, in rare situations, the soil layer can shift without warning, as a landslide, resulting in the structural failure and collapse of the whole building! When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Lower Holloway, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the property. 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.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

We are buying in Lower Holloway and are looking for houses built from Dutch bond brick. What recommendations will a Lower Holloway property surveyor make? Does render make a difference?

Brick-constructed converted property in Lower Holloway demonstrate several benefits in comparison to other forms of building, but they can also suffer from a number of issues, including erosion and defective mortar. The property surveyor can investigate these as part of their report. One serious matter is frost damage, which over time will cause bricks and mortar to disintegrate entirely. For more information, contact a local builder, Small Wall Man of 48A Wrangleden Road, Maidstone, ME15 9LR on 07799 038449.

For home purchasers in Lower Holloway seeking a rare example of brick architecture, look for unusual course styles like Scottish bond features five courses (rows) of long-oriented bricks then one row of short faced bricks, before repeating the pattern. The advice of a brickwork specialist should be sought before attempting repairs.

Damaged Render

What sort of issues will the Chartered Surveyor look for on a smooth stucco coated regency house in Lower Holloway that I intend to purchase.

Stucco is actually dense render. Usually stucco is layered over brick hardens to form a smooth flat finish. It is highly beautiful and is common on some Regency buildings. Stucco is often prone to defect and Lower Holloway Building Surveys commonly discover any number of problems e.g. water trapped behind paint (assuming painted).

Another example of problems may be when moisture enters under windows that causes the render detaching. Re-coating Stucco problems may be costly as craftsmen are becoming more difficult to find.

Damage resulting from flooding

Does a Lower Holloway Lower Holloway surveyor look for flooding, or if neighbour's houses have been affected?

Heavy rain, burst riverbanks and clogged drainage can cause flooding damage. Both property purchasers and home owners in areas at risk of flooding are right to be worried. Your RICS surveyor may use several methods to determine if the Lower Holloway house in question is in danger, but a surveyor will also make recommendations to prepare for the worst. Section J of the survey report contains details, where applicable, of flooding risks found within the boundaries of the home or on adjacent sites. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the seller, but this information may not be accurate.

According to the Environment Agency, no flood warnings were found for Lower Holloway.

*04/01/2013