If you are buying a house or flat/leasehold apartment, commissioning a pre-purchase building survey report is an essential step to take before proceeding.
Our detailed reports and inspection images provide full insight on the fabric of a building and its condition. This enables our clients to make informed decisions in respect of committing to purchase, or adjusting price prior to purchase etc.
The building survey serves to examine the property and ascertain building defects. The survey will also, where applicable, detail defects requiring additional specialist advice.
Our team of Chartered Surveyors deliver a complete inspection and reporting service for all residential building types, including flats, houses, estates, converted buildings, Listed Buildings, period properties and, monuments, etc.
A building survey involves the inspection of all accessible internal and external areas of the property. Once the survey is complete, we provide a comprehensive report setting out its condition, defects lists and considerations to pursue prior to purchase.
Our surveyor will thoroughly assess the fabric, condition and integrity of the property ahead of preparing the in-depth building survey report, combining this with extensive photographic evidence. We use high-definition cameras to identify defects throughout the building.
Typically, our Surveyors assess the whole building, but emphasis on the following:
- We work to the highest RICS and ALEP professional standards
- We provide expert advice and guidance
- Our area knowledge of London, Surrey and the Home Counties is detailed. This enhances our ability to provide quality reports.
- Our reports are usually returned to the client within 10 working days of inspection depending upon complexity.
- Why have a Building Survey?
The key reasons to commission a building survey are to mitigate risk and ensure peace of mind, prior to purchase.
Our easy-to-read reports include high resolution digital images detailing the condition, defects and any repair work recommended, enabling our clients to make an informed decision on their purchase.
Example Building Survey Case Study
We recently conducted a building survey on a flat with a reported market value of £650,000. The results of the survey highlighted £80,000 worth of repair work required to the property and adjoining structure, enabling the client to renegotiate or withdraw their offer.
- What is the purpose of a Building Survey?
A building survey is conducted as a means of providing a detailed evaluation of a property’s condition, in order to help owners or potential buyers understand the property’s condition. It is a valuable, necessary document to determine the potential risks, costs and maintenance that may be incurred during building ownership.
For existing owners, a tailored building survey can be commissioned to ascertain the condition of certain building elements of concern, which may be a barrier to sale or require repair.
- What is the difference between a HomeBuyer Report and a Building Survey?
A HomeBuyer Report is recommended as an overview of a property, conducted in advance of purchase. This will entail an inspection of the property to identify potential structural problems, damp or subsidence. However, its scope is limited compared to a pre-purchase building survey.
A HomeBuyer Report may not be suitable for older properties, Listed buildings or particularly high-value residential property.
You can find out more about HomeBuyer Reports versus Building Surveys here.
- How long does a Building Survey take?
One of our RICS Chartered Surveyors will visit the property to perform a thorough inspection. The duration of this visit is dependent upon the size and scope of the property grounds, along with its condition.
Following the inspection, a comprehensive building survey report will be drafted, containing information on the condition and factors affecting each element of the property.
- How much does a Building Survey cost?
There are numerous factors which affect the pricing of a residential building survey. Primarily, this depends on the size, age, type of construction and price paid for the property.
Where a longer period of inspection is required, and where the report to be drafted is particularly detailed, a higher cost will be incurred than on a smaller property. As such, our building survey pricing is bespoke to each and every property.
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