Home Survey Dunstable

Purchasing or selling a home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your life. But, before you make any final decisions, you need to know everything wrong with the home.

Property Surveying Services offers professional home surveying services in Dunstable. We can conduct an all-inclusive home survey to discover all the damages, defects, abnormalities, cosmetic issues, and flaws with a property. Knowing this information is critical for determining the home’s actual market value. Then you can make a more informed decision before buying or selling it.

Our home surveying services are not mere walkthroughs of the home. Instead, our home surveyors will evaluate the external and internal conditions of the house and determine how much it will cost to fix any issues discovered. We’ll perform the following tasks:

  • An inspection of the roof to look for leaks, holes, or other signs of damage.
  • A wall damp test to see if the home’s walls have signs of moisture or water accumulation.
  • An inspection of the floor to see if it has signs of pests, damage, wear, mould, leakage, etc.
  • An assessment of the woodwork to see if signs of termites, rot, or woodworm exist.
  • A comprehensive property inspection of the home’s condition to determine the home’s overall market value.

 

All our findings will get described in our home survey report. Not only will we include a description of each issue discovered, but we’ll also include the estimated cost of repairing it. That way, you can make a completely informed decision before buying or selling the home.

Call us at 0800 688 9195 or email us at propertysurveyingservices@fastmail.com. We serve all homebuyers, sellers, property associations, property managers, and other relevant parties in Dunstable.

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Please note that we don’t do property valuations.

Roof inspection 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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Home buyer’s report

This survey was designed by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is also known as a “homebuyer survey” or “valuation”. The report is carried out on 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
  • A valuation of the property and the cost of rebuilding it
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Building survey

This is the most thorough property inspection you can do and usually takes at least a day. Although suitable for any property, it’s recommended you get a 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. The surveyors access the roof to check for any faults or anomalies not visible from the ground and generally look for structural problems or visible defects. The building survey includes:

  • Details of all faults in the property and estimates of how much they would cost to repair
  • 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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