Building surveying (Rics Level 3 full structural)

We provide a comprehensive inspection report. It’ll include pictures and detailed descriptions of any faults, plus all our recommendations. The reports can be used to negotiate on the property value if there are any faults.

We also include an environmental report within the survey, providing information on flood risk, geology, etc.

We would always recommend a level 3 if the property you are buying is more than 10 years old.

Getting a report is a quick way to get a thorough and impartial view of your property. They’re great value for money and we ensure our clients get an exceptional, professional service.

After we have delivered your Building Survey report we are always available for further advice either by email or phone.

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Please note that we don’t do property valuations.

Roof inspection surveys

This survey is included within the Rics level 2 & 3 Building Surveys.

No matter what material your roof is made of, roof repairs and inspections are essential to maintaining a sturdy home. Having a secure roof to keep the rain out and the heat in is a basic requirement for any home. Roof repairs can be expensive but roof replacements are even costlier, so it is a good idea to distinguish exactly which one you need before committing. A roof inspection will tell you whether to replace or repair your roof and advise you as to how much this will cost. It’s a great way of ensuring your spending your money wisely.

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Why do I need a survey?

Buying a property is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so why wouldn’t you want to make the most informed decision possible? According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), only around 20% of home buyers commission some form of property survey before they buy.

The consequences of not carrying out a property survey can be disastrous; your new home could have hidden flaws which might mean you pay more for the building than it’s worth. You could also end up paying thousands in repairs and could even be jeopardising your health. The Council of Mortgage Lenders advise carrying out a homebuyer or building survey in addition to a standard mortgage evaluation.

To decide whether the property is a good investment you need to have a clear picture of how much (if any) work needs to be done and an idea of how much this will cost. You can then use this information to decide whether the property is a good investment for you. A survey can also make it easier to negotiate the price of a house. If you’re planning on renovating, a building survey is a must.

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Rics level 2, Home Buyers Survey

This survey was designed by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is also known as a “homebuyer survey.” The report is carried out in a standard form and is best suited to modern homes in a reasonable condition as it isn’t a fully comprehensive inspection. The report rates the main areas of the property in terms of condition. A rating of “three”, means the area is need of urgent repair, a rating of “one” indicates no action is required. The homebuyer’s report includes:

  • An inspection of the general condition of the property.
  • The major indoor features like the roof, walls and floors.
  • An assessment of the state of any woodwork – checking for signs of woodworm or rot.
  • A damp test on walls.
  • An assessment of the condition of damp proofing, insulation and drainage.
  • Suggestions for areas of further investigation.
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Full building survey and thermal imaging survey

This is the most thorough property inspection you can do and usually takes at least a day. Although suitable for any property, you should get a full building survey for old or listed buildings. It’s also good for properties that are unusually constructed or have been drastically altered. The survey can also be tailored to your specific needs.

  • Details of all faults in the property and estimates of how much they would cost to repair.
  • A full thermal Imaging survey of the property, highlighting the cold bridging, heat loss and humidity of the property that can lead to mould growth.
  • A damp test on walls and a report on the condition of the damp proofing measures in the building.
  • An assessment of any timber in the property, checking for signs of rot or woodworm.
  • Information about the amount and condition of insulation and drainage.
  • A detailed report of the construction and materials of the property.
  • Recommendations for any further inspection work needed.
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How much do these surveys cost?

Whatever survey you choose to carry out, always make sure you hire a qualified surveyor. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a good place to start. They recommend hiring a local surveyor who is highly qualified and knows the local area. The cost of a building survey will vary depending on the size and type of the property as well as the location. It also depends on which areas you want the report to focus on. RICS suggest that building surveys can cost up to £1,000 however at Surveying Services we try to make this as affordable as possible for you and will always tailor our quote round the person and the property. Get in touch for a quote today.

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