With easy links to London and further afield, Croydon is a popular home for commuters and (particularly in areas such as nearby Purley) families seeking the benefits of its proximity to the capital whilst enjoying the leafier outskirts of the city. Property in Croydon continues to be in constant high demand.
If you are considering purchasing property in the Croydon area, it is important to thoroughly assess the property before committing. Whilst some properties require a simple Home Buyers Report, others will need a full Building Survey to establish the property’s viability as an investment. Engaging Robinson Elliott Chartered Surveyors to ensure your property is up to standard is the smart choice for securing a sound purchase decision.
Robinson Elliott Chartered Surveyors in Croydon has extensive experience in the Croydon property market. We have a long-standing and in-depth knowledge of the full scope of residences in the area, enhancing our ability to deliver an accurate and expert service across the board.
Home Buyer Reports and Building Surveys in Croydon
We perform building surveys in Croydon and across the South East, on a full range of residential property types. A Home Buyer Report is usually best suited to more modern and recently-built properties, whereas for larger or older properties, a full structural survey may be required, necessitating the services of a professional building surveyor.
When commissioning a building survey, the property assessment will be followed up with a Building Survey Report, which will detail the full results of the survey. This is a comprehensive document, going into much more detail than a Home Buyer Report. This is because an old or extensive property is often subject to hidden flaws which could affect the integrity of the property, and its value. That is why a Building Survey Report forms such an important part of negotiating a purchase.
What kind of property survey do I need?
For modern properties, a Home Buyers Report is usually the best option, though there are exceptions. If you are considering a property that clearly requires work, a high value property or a period home, a Building Survey is the more prudent choice.
Another option is a Building Defects Report, which offers a balance between the features of a Home Buyers Report and a Building Survey. A Building Defects Report will hone in on specific issues, provide a full diagnostic survey and a defect appraisal, along with offering recommendations for repair.
Whether you require a Home Buyers Report, Building Defects Report or a full Building Survey, get in touch with our Chartered Surveyors in Croydon to find out more.
What does a Chartered Surveyor do?
The job of a chartered building surveyor involves examining the interior and exterior of a property. When conducting a full structural survey, we will also assess the roof and loft space, cellars, party walls and boundaries.
Following the inspection, we will issue a building survey report which includes an expert commentary, detailing all relevant aspects of the building and its grounds. Key areas for attention are highlighted, such as subsidence, dilapidation, infestation or rot, and we will offer suggestions on how these issues may be repaired and maintained.
As experienced Chartered Surveyors, with thorough knowledge of Croydon property types, we provide detailed insight gained through many years of working in the area. We will be able to suggest the best third party contractors to work with on any particular projects that will need to be actioned on the property.
Croydon Building Surveys for Property Sellers
When selling your property, you cannot rely on estate agent valuations alone. A Chartered Surveyor offers an in-depth look at your property, identifying and alerting you to any areas which may be flagged by a potential buyer. When you are wanting to sell quickly and at the sale price, making sure that the property is in top condition will help you to achieve this.
Building Surveys for Insurance
Having an accurate valuation of your property is not only important when you come to sell.
Your insurance company should hold an accurate property valuation, or you may find yourself in a difficult financial position if you should need to make a claim.
You can find out more about preventing underinsurance with this handy guide: The Dangers of Property Underinsurance (and how to avoid it)
You may also be interested in the importance of accurate valuations for insurance purposes in this Guide to Building Insurance Reinstatement Cost Assessments.
Why Choose Robinson Elliott Chartered Surveyors?
As a leading Chartered Surveyor in Croydon, our team has many years’ experience in the Croydon area. Fully qualified, RICS-registered, and with an established reputation as leading Chartered Surveyors in the South East, are committed to exceeding our clients’ expectations at every turn.
If you would like to find out more about our range of services, please do get in touch. We are always here to offer advice and assistance, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.