Surveys

All our surveys are carried out by a Chartered Surveyor and member of the RICS Valuation Registration Scheme. If you are unsure which service best suits your needs, please do contact us.

Level 1 - Condition Survey

Choose this report if you’re buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:

 

  • clear explanation of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention; 
  • a summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and
  • advice on replacement parts guarantees, planning and control matters for your legal advisers.

 

A Condition Survey does not include a Market Valuation or Estimated Rebuild Cost for the purpose of obtaining buildings insurance. These services can be added if required.

Level 2 - Homebuyer Survey

Choose this report if you need more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It costs more than the Condition Survey but includes:

 

  • all of the features in the Condition Survey; 
  • an Estimated Rebuild Cost for the purpose of obtaining buildings insurance for the property; 
  • a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property; 
  • advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance; 
  • issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions; 
  • legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your purchase; and 
  • information on location and local environment. 

 

The Homebuyer Survey does not include a Market Valuation, but this can be added if required.

Level 3 - Building Survey 

Choose the Building Survey (formerly called a structural survey) if you’re dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. It costs more than the other surveys because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property. It also includes: 

 

  • a more thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues; 
  • a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws;
  • an Estimated Rebuild Cost for the purpose of obtaining buildings insurance for the property;
  • an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity; and 
  • advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions. 

 

The Building Survey does not include a Market Valuation, but this can be added if required.

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