RICS

David Graham
CHARTERED SURVEYORS

ALEP ISA

0845 812 1954 (local rate)

07973 364162 (Mobile)

 

Building Surveys

A Building Survey is an investigation into, and assessment of, the construction and condition of a building. It is based on a detailed inspection of the building in as much depth as is possible without damaging the building or contents.

The exact extent and style of the inspection will by the subject of specific agreement with the individual Surveyor. It may include specialist reports (services, drains, etc.). The report will include guidance on maintenance and remedial works and often a detailed comment on individual defects.

A Building Survey is essential when purchasing period buildings, those with unusual characteristics or of unusual construction although it can be equally suitable for modern traditional buildings. 

A Building Survey is probably most appropriate for:

Type of Property
  • Properties built before 1900.
 
  • Any buildings constructed in an unusual way.
 
  • Properties you are planning to renovate or alter in any way.
 
  • All listed buildings.
   
Report Covers
  • All major and minor faults.
 
  • The implications of any defects and guidance as to possible courses of action.
 
  • Extensive technical information on the construction of the property and details about materials used in the construction.
 
  • Comments on the existence and condition of damp-proofing, insulation and drainage (latter not actually being physically tested).
  • Results of testing walls for dampness and timbers for damage - including woodworm and / or rot.
 
  • Information on the location.
  • Recommendations for any further specialist inspections required.

The Building Survey does not generally include a valuation, but this can be included if so requested.