It's easy to be seduced...

When buying a home it is very easy to be seduced without realising the property’s true condition. There may be defects that could cost you a lot of money to put right. A survey is not a legal requirement, but could save you a lot of stress and money. Simply put a survey is a property health-check and can help you understand any problems before hand or help you to renegotiate the sale price. You should always work with a reputable RICS qualified surveyor.

So what are my options?

HomeBuyer report

Is suitable for most modern and older homes, in a reasonable condition and includes:

  • Ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings etc.
  • A summary of the risks to the condition of the building
  • Advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance
  • Legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your purchase

Get one if you have any specific concerns about the purchase.

Building survey

Is a more comprehensive survey and can take several days to complete (depending on the property). It will include all the features of a Home Buyer Report, plus the following:

  • A more thorough inspection and report on a variety of issues
  • Summary of defects (even insignificant ones) and potential problems caused by hidden flaws
  • Advice on repair options, their estimated cost and the potential consequences of failing to address them
  • Further advice and considerations for your solicitor.

Suitable for large, unusual, old, listed or dilapidated homes and also where buildings are undergoing a change-of-use, for example, a barn or watermill or windmill conversion.

We can provide advice on the best options for you when purchasing a property or planning works, call 01905 734 734 for more information