Chartered surveyor for Croydon
and all CR postcodes

Property prices in Croydon and its surrounding areas will always reflect proximity to London. However, there are going to be plenty of new build properties in the area over the next few years, some of which have been designated as ‘affordable housing.’ The Ruskin Square development, for example, will have over 500 new homes; the first phase (161 apartments) was due for completion in 2016.

To instruct a property surveyor or not? That is the question.

Just recently, a group of home buyers took part in market research (RICS/GfK NOP Business Research). Results showed that one in four of them relied on a mortgage valuation and didn’t have a proper survey carried out by a professional building surveyor before they purchased a house.

25% of these people needed to undertake unplanned work in the first year, and the cost of that amounted to an average of over £1,100

Here are just two areas that a qualified property surveyor will consider on your behalf, whether you’re proposing to buy in Croydon or anywhere else:

Does your property have any defects?

Robinson Elliott building surveyors will inspect all elements of the fabric of the building and identify any existing and potential problems. They will also advise on the implications, if there are any issues, and can advise upon the likely cost to put things right.

What about compliance with regulations?

Has the boiler been serviced recently? What about the electrical wiring? Has it been tested? Is there asbestos on the property? Is the property listed or in a conservation area which may restrict your plans or impose obligations on you that you’re unable to meet? Do all the renovations carried out comply with planning and building regulations?

If you’re wanting to get a mortgage on a property in Croydon—or anywhere in the UK— these are the sorts of questions that need to be answered, and certificates or warranties will have to be provided if necessary. This is where Robinson Elliott Surveyors can help you.

In an expensive new build near Croydon, decorative stone cornices had been cut through with angle grinders to fit the drainpipes, damaging the masonry. These and a whole catalogue of problems identified by our surveyor meant the purchase price was reduced by £50,000