Building Survey

A Building Survey is commonly regarded as the flagship of the survey fleet.  This is a more thorough and comprehensive service and is particularly useful for older, larger or non-traditional properties, as well as those that have been extensively altered, or indeed if the buyer is planning a major conversion or renovation. Clearly this survey will be necessary if the property is dilapidated or in disrepair.

A Building Survey is a comprehensive report providing a full breakdown of the fabric and condition of the property, with diagnosis of defects, along with repair and maintenance advice.  As with all other types of survey, associated costs will vary depending on the size of the property and where it is located.  A full structural survey should provide you with all the information you may need to decide whether or not you want to proceed with the purchase, or pull out because it has identified problems you had not anticipated or accounted for.

Why have a Building Survey?

New research by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed, “Many buyers are unknowingly setting themselves up for an average £5,750 in repair bills on their new home, thanks to a whole range of hidden problems such as structural defects, rot and subsidence that have been not been brought up in cheaper inspections.”

When you compare the complexity and detail of this report compared to a lower priced one such as a Homebuyer’s Report, the small rise in survey cost is negated by the amount of information and detail the prospective buyer has gained with regards to defects and costs of repair to their proposed new purchase.  When you take into account the potential savings you could make overall, the more comprehensive Building Survey becomes exceptional value for money.

A car has an MOT each year to assess its condition – a house may stand for many years without any assessment or remedial work.  It would certainly be ill-advised to buy an expensive 30 year old car without a professional assessment – you deserve the peace of mind in knowing that your bricks and mortar are not just a good investment, but are safe.

Please contact us for an idea of pricing – whether for a terraced property, small semi detached or a larger, more complex dwelling, we will be happy to provide a competitive quote.

What is included in a Building Survey?

Within the Building Survey, we will thoroughly and comprehensively examine all accessible parts of the property.

The survey includes the following:

  • Major or minor faults and what they mean
  • Costs of repair
  • Results of damp testing to walls
  • Damage to timers – including woodworm or rot
  • The condition of the damp proofing, insulation drainage. (this does not include the drains)
  • Techinical information of the construction and material used for the property
  • The location
  • Recommendations for any areas that may need a specialist.

Please note, however, this report does NOT include a valuation, although a market value can be provided at the client’s request

An estimate of repair can also be offered as a service to be provided in the report.

Contact the team to discuss a survey, we will be able to give you an accurate quotation and assist in individualising the survey to your bespoke requirements if there are any specific aspects of the inspection you would like to add.