Building Surveys FAQs

  • What is a building survey?

    If you are buying a large or old property, or are planning major works, a RICS Building Survey is essential. It provides you with a comprehensive structural report tailored to suit your property.

    This survey highlights defects, repairs and maintenance options and aims to cover all of the following:

    • Establishes how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future
    • Describes visible defects, plus exposing potential problems posed by hidden defects
    • Outlines the repair options and give you a repair timeline, while explaining the consequences of not acting
    • Provides specific comments on energy efficiency
    • Describes the construction and condition of the property on the date of the inspection
    • Identifies any problems that need urgent attention or are serious
    • Identifies things that need to be investigated to prevent further damage
    • Tells you about problems that may be dangerous
    • Shows up potential issues and defects, before any transaction takes place
    • Helps you decide whether you need extra advice before committing to your purchase
    • Allows you to budget for any repairs or restoration
    • Provides advice on the amount of ongoing maintenance required in the future

What is a Building Survey?

  • When buying a new house or flat, one of the most important steps you can take is to arrange for a survey by an independent building surveyor to ensure you understand the true condition of the property. This will enable you to avoid – or plan for – potentially expensive future repairs.

    Our experienced RICS property surveyors provide a range of residential surveys and will provide you with essential, independent advice so that you are fully aware of the condition of the property you are buying, prior to purchase.

    Our two most popular surveys are the HomeBuyer Report and Building Survey.

    We can also provide expert party wall advice, lease extension support, and all types of valuations. This includes probate, matrimonial, expert witness and equity to purchase ownership valuations.

    You can contact our survey team directly on 0333 331 5338 or request an instant quote below.

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