If you are buying or selling an older and/or unconventional property that has either already undergone significant renovations or is intended to be considerably altered, then you may require a building survey.
Formerly known as a structural survey or full building survey, the two terms refer to a detailed report on the structure and composition of a building. Like the homebuyer report, the building survey is completed by a RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) regulated surveyor who will investigate all observable and accessible areas of the property. However, they will not carry out any intrusive inspections. For instance, in any sealed or obscured spaces. However, if you require a specific area to be included in the report, the building survey is a bespoke service that can be adapted to suit any personal needs or concerns. This includes the capacity to request the addition of a valuation as a supplementary service, alongside the report. By evaluating individual components of the property for any potential defects, identifying their probable cause, evaluating the necessity of repairs and, if necessary, proposing the likely cost of repairs, this report represents the most comprehensive residential survey available to customers.
Depending on the size and age of the property, the building survey takes approximately three hours to complete and includes fifteen images indicating any defects or areas of concern that were identified by the surveyor. Following the inspection, the completed report will be delivered within six working days. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding the building survey, please feel free to contact our expert and friendly sales team by telephone on 01249 569010 or by email via firstname.lastname@example.org.