Surveys are a “health check” for buildings. If you are buying or leasing a property, you should have a survey done before you enter into a contract.
A survey can save you money. If there are any defects highlighted within the report, you can often re-negotiate the sale price of the property to reflect the cost of necessary repairs – or you may even decide you don’t want to buy it at all.
There are various types of building surveys on offer, but it is important to remember that they should be carried out by a fully qualified building surveyor.
Structure Only Survey
Inspects the main structural elements of the property including roofs, walls and floors. It also highlights any damp or woodboring insects within those elements of the building.
Full Building Survey
Provides a detailed inspection of all the structural elements included in the Structure Only Survey but adding chimney stacks, rainwater goods, windows, doors, internal & external joinery, sanitary fittings, site boundaries and the services including electrical, plumbing heating and drainage.
Provided when an owner/tenant has a concern relating to a specific issue and would like further investigation. For example; cracking, damp, wood rot and construction work on the property.
Specific Defect Inspection
Banks or building societies may ask for a report from an appropriately qualified person to assess and comment on a specific defect highlighted in another report carried out on a property.
We also provide:
Building Subsidence/Settlement Insurance Claims
Planned maintenance and stock condition surveys