Surprisingly many of us still proceed with a home purchase without commissioning the most appropriate survey, or rely solely on the mortgage valuation report. We have a wealth of experience within our practice and can provide a full range of residential survey reports to suite the building owner’s requirements. Each survey is tailored to the client’s needs and can address any concerns the client has with regard to the property they are purchasing. All surveys are undertaken by a fully qualified chartered building surveyor, and in accordance with current surveying practices approved by the Royal institute of Chartered surveyors. This practice can offer the following survey reports: Property Valuation Report RICS Condition Report Building Survey Report Building Defect Report Property condition survey for flats Auction Checklist Report Property Acquisition report
A valuation is not a survey. It’s a limited check carried out on behalf of your mortgage lender to spot anything that affects the security of the mortgage lender loan. In most cases you will not have any redress on the valuer, if a physical defect has been omitted. The report is provided in a standard format, including photographs.
This type of survey provides property advice on the condition of the property only. This report can include a valuation element or cost report. This type of survey can be instructed for all property. The contents of the report include:
This type of survey is prepared in a standard format and provides a cheaper alternative to the more detailed building survey. The condition survey differs from the building survey by focusing on the essential defects and problems which are urgent, significant, or have a material effect on the value of the property and descriptions and is less detailed in content than the more detailed building survey.
Building Surveys, involve a lengthy examination of a property and a very detailed report setting out repairs in clear order of priority. A building survey report is a detailed examination of all accessible parts of the property and can be tailor made to suite the clients individual needs and concerns. The contents of the report include:
A building survey formerly known as a structural survey is suitable for all properties regardless of age and provides a more detailed picture of the construction and condition. It is likely to be needed if the property is particularly large, is of unusual construction, is dilapidated, or has been extensively altered. The report can be tailored to the client’s individual requirements, such as when a major conversion or renovation is planned. It will include more detailed information on construction, condition and the building materials than a home condition report. The report includes a cost breakdown of the repairs highlighted in the report conclusions and this provides further client information that would be useful in the purchase of the property.
Occasionally, clients require advice on a particular aspect of a building such as an individual crack, dampness or other problem, which may have been observed during maintenance work or raised within a limited survey or mortgage valuation report. The contents of the report include:
A condition survey for flats has been developed, providing advice to clients which includes external elements of the property, including the condition of the common areas and advise on all aspects of service charges, general maintenance of the exterior of the building, common areas, and internal finishes. The contents of the report include:
A quick and informal report in a tick box format which can be used by clients who wish to understand if there are any problems with the property they wish to purchase at auction, but do not require a detailed survey. The contents of the report include:
This type of survey provides property advice on the condition and valuation of the property. This report includes a valuation element. This type of survey can be instructed for all properties. The contents of the report include:
This type of survey is prepared in a standard format. The survey differs from the building survey by focusing on the essential defects and problems which are significant, or have a material effect on the value of the property. This is a condition report and the descriptions are less detailed in content. All building and homebuyers survey reports are in accordance with the RICS standard documentation.