RICS Building - Structural Surveys

When you set out to invest a significant amount of money in buying a property, it’s essential to get an independent assessment of its true condition from top to bottom. For this, you need to hire a highly qualified Chartered Surveyor who reports to you and only you.

What is a Building Survey?

Buying a home is the most important investment that you will undertake in your lifetime, so it’s important that you know what you are getting. A Building Survey will investigate the condition of the property and report any defects in detail, allowing you to make an informed decision as to whether or not you want to proceed with your purchase.

This report includes photos, detailed analysis of the entire building, including every accessible element, externally and internally. If any problems or structural issues are uncovered, the report will provide an estimated cost of repair and indicate the level of urgency required, so that you can factor these into your budget and any renovation plans you may have.

What type of property is a Building Survey for?

A Building Survey can be carried out on any home; however, the level of detail is specifically designed to benefit certain buildings. A Building Survey is particularly recommended if:

  • You are planning to buy a listed property
  • The building is very old or large
  • Unconventional building methods or materials have been used
  • The structure has unusual features from a particular period
  • The original building has been extensively remodelled or modified
  • You are already aware of defects or problems like damp

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