Importance of a survey
For most people their home will be the biggest investment they will ever make. For most businesses their buildings represent one of their largest costs. Therefore, it is essential they make the right purchase and look after their investment carefully. Whether it is a domestic property purchase or a new commercial unit, we undertake thorough surveys and provide easy to understand reports to enable you to make the right decision.
Surveys can help you avoid expensive surprises as well as giving you peace of mind. For those who have never owned a property before, a survey can also be immensely reassuring. With the information from the survey you might reconsider whether to buy the property or try and renegotiate the price, such as if the wall ties were found to be defective. Alternatively, you might ask the person selling the property to fix the problems found before you buy it. For example, if your survey finds that you will need to undertake repairs costing £5,000 you could ask for a £5,000 reduction in price, or alternatively ask the seller to make the necessary repairs prior to exchange contracts.
Why do you need an RICS Home Survey? Because forewarned is forearmed.
A survey will :
- Alert you to hidden risks and dangers
- Give you solid reasons to justify a major price reduction
- Highlight your property’s potential
Plus, having an experienced property professional on your side will cut out a lot of stress and worry. Our survey reports provide you with the tools, information and pricing, to make informed decisions.
Not sure what you need? We can help you choose the most appropriate survey for the property you are buying. We are happy to discuss the scope, extent and suitability of the reports we provide.
We provide clear impartial advice within the reports that will make you aware of any important issues or risks with the property. Reports use the RICS rating system to ensure that you can easily identify the most serious issues. Photographs are also used throughout. If you are unsure of anything we will discuss the reports findings over the phone on completion. If we find something that needs to be resolved we can provide additional investigations, design services for remedial repairs and advice on contractor selection.
We are independent of the banks and have local knowledge. Therefore, we will provide an unbiased report.
Selling a home
An RICS survey can be an aid to selling your home. It will show you any problems that may delay your sale or cause
price reductions later in the process.
Staying at home
A survey of the current condition of your home will warn you of defects and help you avoid escalating repair and
maintenance costs in the future.
We provide five main types of survey:
- Condition Report – RICS Level 1
- Homebuyer Survey (with or without a valuation) – RICS Level 2
- Building Survey – – RICS Level 3
- Commercial Building Surveys
- Modular reports (Specific defect surveys)
Condition Report (RICS Level 1)
The RICS Condition Report describes the condition of the property, identifies any risks and potential legal issues and highlights any urgent defects. It uses simple ‘traffic light’ ratings to clearly identify the condition of the key elements of the property. Typically, the lowest priced of the surveys, it is generally aimed at conventional properties and newer homes. No valuation is contained within these reports, although one can be provided for an additional fee.
HomeBuyer Survey (RICS Level 2)
The HomeBuyer survey includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice.
This survey can be provided with or without a market valuation and insurance rebuild costs. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the value of the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice. This survey is not as detailed and comprehensive as the level 3 Building Survey.
Building Survey (RICS Level 3)
This is a much more detailed assessment of the property than the Homebuyer Report and is the highest level survey that we provide. It is essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works. The report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property’s condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options. Budget costs for repairs can be included if required. No valuation is contained within these reports, although a bolt on report can be provided for an additional fee.
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Commercial Building Surveys
The commercial surveys we provide are based on RICS requirements. The key aims of the surveys are to provide a technical report on the physical condition of the building and to reveal any defects or shortcomings that may have an impact on the acquisition or occupation of the building. We will assess the adequacy of the building as constructed, its specification and standard of finish. Each survey can be tailored to your specific requirements.
Modular Reports (Specific defect surveys)
A specific defect inspection may be required following the application of a mortgage, where the lenders surveyor has reported a possible defect to the property. Or when a home or commercial property owner requires expert advice to diagnose a building defect that causes concern, such as dampness or cracking of the structure. This survey reports on a particular defect rather than the property as a whole.
We have considerable experience in carrying out inspections to investigate and diagnose building defects. We can carry out thorough investigations, using appropriate equipment, to identify the root cause of the problem. Detailed and comprehensive reports are provided which identify the defects and provide advice on remedial measures. We have experience in the identification of a number of defects including but no limited to wall tie failure, dampness, cracking and building movement, timber defects (beetle infestation and rot), issues with non traditional buildings, concrete defects etc.