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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 Walthamstow

    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 Walthamstow

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

    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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Damaged render

What will a Chartered Surveyor consider on a stucco-coated, Regency home in Walthamstow?

Stucco is just a form of solid render that is typically layered over brick, drying to a hard, attractive, smooth appearance that resembles stone, the effect of which is very beautiful, and is found on many Regency and Victorian homes.

However, stucco, like many other building products, is often prone to defect and Walthamstow surveyors frequently focus on potentially expensive-to-remedy problems, such as dampness trapped beneath paint (assuming it is painted), or when moisture below windows causes the render to detach. Re-covering problems may be surprisingly expensive as the skills are getting harder to find.

For advice, you could search for a local expert in rendering. To get your instant Walthamstow Home Survey Quote with Surveyor Local, simply fill in the short form at the top of this page or call us on 0800 038 6667 to talk to one of our survey experts.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

I am looking for guidelines on the upkeep of Flemish Diagonal bond brick walls; can a property surveyor in Walthamstow assist in this?

Brick has been the principal building choice for residences for many centuries and it has many advantages over other products. In that time, too, builders have developed any number of techniques, methods and styles in laying the courses. For buyers with an eye for detail, less-used styles of brick-course include shiner bond (bricks are laid horizontally as with more common bonds, but with the wider face parallel to the wall).

Brick-built houses in Walthamstow can be affected by a range of defects, including signs of movement, frost damage, and sulphate attack, caused by moisture interacting with sulphates in cement, which will destroy the structural integrity of the wall.

If the surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work. You can try contacting a local reputable builder, such as Higham Hill Builders, 78 St. Andrew’s Road, Walthamstow, E17 6BD (Tel: 020 3026 9503), or Cioanca L Ltd., 192 High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JH (Tel: 07405 427518).

All of the chartered surveyors who work with Surveyor Local have years of experience and a wealth of local knowledge that makes them among the best available in the country. Want to get a competitive quote for high-quality survey service? Fill in Surveyor Local’s simple form at the top of the page and, when you’re ready, call our waiting advisers on 0800 038 6667 to get you survey under way.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller in Walthamstow mentioned that subsidence could be worth checking. What subsidence-related matters will the RICS Surveyor consider?

Subsidence is defined as movement of the foundations of a home, although some degree of movement will always occur in buildings, which is known as settlement. New builds, for example, will need to settle under the home's own weight.

Subsidence can occur in areas that are rich in soil with a high sand, gravel or chalk content, as this is more easily washed away by leaks or flooding. In some cases, the presence of buried peat or other organic material, which then decomposes, can also undermine the foundations, causing the soil beneath and around the foundations to collapse.

Identifying the cause of subsidence is the first step to its solution, which needs not be expensive. Removing or even pruning any trees causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement, although this might also exacerbate the problem, so expert guidance should be sought. In serious cases, underpinning may be required, but, as an alternative to underpinning, piling, or mini-piling, uses concrete or steel poles that are driven down into more stable soil, to stop further movement. If the surveyor cannot give you a conclusive diagnosis, they will recommend that you engage the services of a structural engineer.

To talk through your concerns further, why not give Surveyor Local a call on 0800 038 6667?

Building Surveys on houses

Should we conduct the full structural survey, if we are buying a ‘doer-upper’, Regency property in Walthamstow, as opposed to the HomeBuyer Report?

Still often called the Full Structural Survey by some, it is now defunct and has actually been replaced by the RICS with the Building Survey, although it is essentially the same product. If you are buying an unconventional Walthamstow property, such as the dilapidated house you cite in the question, the Building Survey is the appropriate choice. The survey gives comprehensive and often serious professional advice on the home’s condition along with any needs for future maintenance after a thorough inspection.

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Once you know what you’re looking for, obtain your instant Surveyor Local quote by filling in a few details in the form at the top of this page and then call our team of advisers to set up an appointment for a surveyor to visit the property.

House prices

There is a flat in the E17 postcode area priced at £365,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Walthamstow?

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 Walthamstow.

This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Walthamstow in June 2018 was £355,801, which is £9,199 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Walthamstow were:

PriceProperty type
£440,133All properties
£355,801Flats/maisonettes
£478,405Terraced
£651,381Semi-detached
£763,995Detached

Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 30 August 2018

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 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.

Conservation area

Are there any considerations we would need to check if we’re buying a home in Walthamstow in the vicinity of a conservation area?

There are over 9,000 designated conservation areas in England and Wales, the responsibility for which lies with the local councils.

Surveyors in Walthamstow need to possess sufficient knowledge of local issues and factors, and any relation these may have on the building and its value. Property prices in a conservation area are generally higher due to the locations being largely unspoilt. However, many of them are falling into a state of neglect (e.g. because of the increasing numbers of scruffy green spaces).

Surveyors will tell you if the house is located in a conservation area and Section I - Issues for Your Legal Advisers of your HomeBuyer Report will recommend further questions to be conducted by your conveyancer. Unapproved developments to the building may also be commented on in the survey, but these are the responsibility of your lawyer to investigate.

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Gas flame

Will a surveyor examine the safety of the gas flues at the terraced house in Walthamstow?

The chartered surveyor will locate and visually check any easily-accessible parts of the gas system, including the routing of any gas pipes, and any gas-connected appliances (such as fireplaces). Your Walthamstow RICS surveyor won't remove fittings, and they also won’t run any tests of any kind on the system, because they are neither authorised nor licensed to do so.

Of course, gas is potentially hazardous, so, if you have any worries relating to gas installations of any type, call a gas engineer.

The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998 stipulate that landlords are obligated to commission appliance and installation inspections every year, and punishments for failure to comply include heavy fines or imprisonment.

Worried about your survey and what will happen as a result of it? Why not give our friendly advisers at Surveyor Local a quick call on 0800 038 6667 right now?

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect wet weather will have on our new home in Walthamstow, and does our homebuyer’s survey mention it? And could it affect the property value?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather, the impact rain can have on buildings in Walthamstow is usually overlooked by purchasers, desperate to get moving. For example, one indication that rainwater goods are blocked is spattered mud around the bottom of downspouts. Poor drainage can lead to warped floorboards or beams and other structural issues.

That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider your purchase, because they are usually a simple matter to repair fairly cheaply. But, if they remain untreated or poorly maintained, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.

It’s also worth noting that the Environment Agency estimates that almost 1 in 10 properties in the UK is susceptible from flooding from surface water alone, so it makes sense to get the integrity of the rainwater management checked out.

To talk through your survey needs, call Surveyor Local’s survey experts on 0800 038 6667, or you might like to try our online quote generator by filling in the form at the top of this page.

Landfill site near home

What should we be wary of when buying a home close to a rubbish dump

Landfill Sites take many forms e.g. hazardous waste material. Nobody really wants to live near one (4/5 people live within 1.5m of one!). Worries include chemicals like dioxins. Potential health concerns like spina bifida have been associated with landfill sites .

Building Surveys and valuations in Walthamstow will consider any structural problems linked to the landfill. Your solicitor will carry out environmental searches of the Landmark data sets in addition to Waltham Forest Local Authority and advise you .

Damage caused by high rainfall

How will we know what effect can rainfall have on our new Walthamstow property? Will the house surveyor report on this?

Both in Walthamstow, and throughout the county, rain is so common that buyers rarely think about it. Unfortunately the effect which rain has on Walthamstow homes is usually overlooked. If you have only visited the home on a dry day, problems are unlikely to be visible.

Signs that drainage are worth a closer look include spalling masonry.

These issues are, generally speaking, straightforward to repair. If poorly maintained, however, the damage will impact both the home's value, and the residents' enjoyment of the property.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

We are buying a house built in the late 40s on very clay-rich soil. Is this going to create issues? Does a House Survey discuss soil composition the report? Does the chartered surveyor give maintenance advice?

Whether a home was built in 1703 or 2003, factors as varied as flooding or dry rot can create high maintenance costs for an owner. Foundations dug into clay-rich soil, for example, can result in numerous issues. Issues range from soil compaction or compression to swelling of the soil, both of which can put a home's foundations under great strain. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. .

If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Walthamstow home's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. Steps like immediately acting to remove standing water around a property, as a result of heavy rainfall or flooding can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.

Shocking Electrics

When I went to see the mid-century home I am planning to lease I think we saw that there is evidence of an overload of the fuses - will the surveyor go into detail on the electrics?

When preparing a Home Survey in Walthamstow a RICS surveyor will usually mention the electrical system if it looks like they are in a less than satisfactory state of repair. Your surveyor is trained to report on concerns such as confirming any external installations, for example the garage.

Verifying the existence of any documentation from the most recent Periodic Inspection Report handled by a suitably qualified electrician will form part of the survey in Walthamstow. Inspecting the documentation from a test on the condition of the electrical wiring carried out by an electrician should form part of the survey.

The IEE suggest a PIR is carried out at least every 10 years (or every 5 if renting out).

Chimney stacks

On a HomeBuyer Report carried out in Walthamstow what could a Condition rating 3 mean for 'E1 - Chimney stacks' ?

Possible defects are visually reviewed from ground level where appropriate. No chimney liner, for example, is included in Section E.

The home buyer report is intended to be easy to read and understand, with a minimum of technical jargon. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate to what extent each defect requires attention. Serious concerns are marked as condition rating 3. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given.