Building Surveys

Building Surveys

Standard Building Surveys

Formally known as the full structural survey, a RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) building survey is recommended for older (pre-war), unconventional properties that may have  undergone major works or are in need of significant renovations. This service includes a highly detailed inspection that will comment on the structure and composition of the building, as well as any potential concerns or defects.

Despite being non-invasive, these reports are a bespoke product that can be adapted to suit your personal needs or requirements. More specifically, when you request a building survey, the surveyor will consider your individual concerns and modify their report accordingly. By evaluating the property for any potential defects, identifying their probable cause and assessing the necessity for repairs, this report represents the most comprehensive residential survey available to customers.

Cost of repairs

In addition to these detailed inspections, our experienced team of surveyors can also include an estimated Cost of Repairs (CR). These additional services will draw on a RICS approved calculation, as well as the surveyor’s wealth of personal knowledge and experience, to provide the estimated costs involved in rectifying any visible defects identified in their assessment. More specifcailly, this includes a CR3 which will consider any defects that are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.

The inclusion of this estimate can potentially help in the renegotiation of the purchase price with the vendor. Alternatively, it could also lead to the vendor correcting these issues at their own expense, before the sale of the property is completed.

Additional Valuations

As well as providing these detailed appraisals, our Building Surveys can also include a reliable assessment on the property’s estimated market value. Much like the standard report, this information will assist the buyer in making a confident and informed decision, based on the knowledge of a local expert. What’s more, by citing this appraisal a buyer can potentially reduce the current asking price of the property and guarantee that they are not being overcharged or misled.

If you would like your Building Survey’s quotation to include a valuation assessment, please contact our dedicated and helpful sales teams by telephone on 01249 569010 or by email via sales@whitehorsesurveyors.co.uk.

When Will I Get my Report?

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 sales@whitehorsesurveyors.co.uk.

ZoomLocal Reports

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