Residential Services

Your home is likely to be one of the most expensive purchases you will ever make. The condition of a property may result in a larger financial commitment than just the asking price. Potential purchasers should be informed on the possible risks before buying. A survey gives you the reassurance by identifying these risks and enables an informed decision, which could save you thousands of pounds.

+ Building Surveys

A Building Survey is a comprehensive inspection of a property, which can include commentary on specific client requirements or concerns for renovation or future alteration plans. They are suitable for all properties, especially listed buildings, older properties, buildings constructed in an unusual way, or that have had extensive alterations undertaken.

The survey examines all accessible parts of the property including specific areas of any particular concern you may have. It is a product which can be tailored to your needs and includes, costs for repairs where appropriate, to enable you to make an informed decision as to whether to continue with a purchase.

A Building Survey includes details of major and where appropriate, minor defects and the possible implications of what they could mean in terms of cost to repair. We can tailor your Building Survey to suit your needs. Most of our clients require our comprehensive Building Survey but for those clients who only want reassurance that the building is structurally sound for comprehensive alteration or refurbishment works to be undertaken, we can carry out a Structural Overview. Not a lesser survey but one which concentrates on the principal structural elements to include; roof, walls and floors of the building.

+ RICS Homebuyer Surveys and Valuations

A Homebuyer Survey and Valuation (HSV), also known as a Homebuyer’s Report, is a survey completed to a standard format set out by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It is suitable for conventional properties built within the last 150 years, which are in reasonable condition. It doesn’t detail every aspect of the property and only focuses upon urgent matters needing attention. It is not usually suitable for properties in need of renovation, or if you’re planning major alterations.

A HSV includes details of the general condition of the property, any major faults in accessible parts of the building that may affect the value, any urgent problems that need inspecting by a specialist before you sign a contract to purchase, the estimated cost of rebuilding the property for insurance purposes and a view as to the value of the property on the open market. A HSV is not a Building Survey and will not include budget estimates for the work, but will identify major faults that impact upon the value of the property or those that require further investigations, to enable the purchaser to make a more informed decision about a potential purchase.

+ Defect Analysis Reports

On occasions a mortgage valuation or Homebuyer’s survey will identify specific items, which require specialist investigation by a Chartered Building Surveyor. Typical items requiring further investigation and which are able to be covered by a Defect Analysis Report include:- Structural movement and cracking, adequacy of roof structures and structural alterations, suspected sulphate attack to concrete floors and compliance with current Building Regulations. These are a selection of defects, which we are asked to report upon within a Defect Analysis Report. The report aims to identify the defect or shortcoming, causation and advice upon remedial works required including costs where appropriate.

+ CCTV Drainage Surveys and Ground Investigations

Cracking and structural movement to residential properties can be caused by a number of issues including leaking or defective drainage. To determine the condition of drainage, it can be necessary to undertake a CCTV survey, which we are able to arrange on your behalf and supervise. Excavation of trial holes determines the depth, style and integrity of foundations with auger sampling of the soil confirming the soil type. These further investigations enable us assess the cause of specific defects and advise upon remedial work and budget costs to rectify.

+ Structural Overview

This is an abridged Building survey commenting upon the main structural components of a property to include roof coverings, external walls, damp proof course, underfloor ventilation and internally floors, walls, ceilings, the roof structure, timber decay and damp issues. A structural overview provides advice on maintenance and repair with associated budget costs. This type of survey is often suitable for properties either in good order, or conversely where refurbishment works are required and a full narrative on all of the components of a property are not required.