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Why do I need a survey?

Buying a property can be an expensive gamble if you are not fully aware of the condition of the property. Many people believe that the valuation provided for the mortgage lender will contain information about the condition of the property. This is not true. The best way to make an informed decision about the condition of a property is to have an independent survey undertaken by a qualified and experienced Chartered Surveyor.

 

A Survey will:

  • Minimize the risk of defects being found after purchase.
  • Help eliminate unanticipated repair issues.
  • Help re negotiate the purchase price if defects are identified.
  • Identify possible repairs prior to marketing.

 

We offer the following choices of survey and valuation:

PRIVATE VALUATION
A report on the market value undertaken by a Regulated Chartered Surveyor for a variety of purposes, including Probate, Inheritance Tax/CGT planning, Relocation, Fire Reinstatement, insurance, Litigation, Matrimonial and Expert Witness Reports in accordance with the RICS ‘RED BOOK’.

RICS HOMEBUYER SURVEY & VALUATION
A thorough inspection of accessible and visible parts of the building, site and immediate surroundings, designed to highlight urgent or significant repair i.e damp, rot and subsidence advise on structural issues and investigate the condition of services – plumbing, wiring, heating and drainage. This survey also gives an expert opinion on whether the property is a reasonable proposition for purchase.

BUILDING SURVEY, BUILDING DEFECTS and STRUCTURAL REPORT
A comprehensive and detailed report on the property’s structural repair and is particularly suitable for individual large and extended properties or older buildings warranting refurbishing. The report will include considerable technical information on construction and materials as well as defects and comments on all visible elements of the building, items of disrepair, condition, future repairs.

PRE-MARKET CONDITION SURVEY FOR VENDORS
Thinking of selling in the future? In order to give your property the best chance of achieving a sale, consider a Pre-Marketing Condition Survey. Many sales fall through at the last minute due to an adverse survey report. Be prepared. A Pre-Marketing Condition Report identifies repair issues that are likely to be highlighted by a survey in an easy to read format advising on essential and non-essential repairs.