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There are various types of *survey that are produced by The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institution of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA):

What is a HomeBuyers report?

  • Describes the construction and condition of the property during inspection
  • Aims to identify and problems that need urgent attention or are serious
  • Aims to identify hazardous things that need to be investigated further
  • Aims to tell you about problems that may be dangerous
  • Aims to show up potential issues and defects, before any transactions
  • Includes the standard visual inspection during which secured panels, electrical fittings, inspection chamber covers and other similar features are not removed
  • Aims to help you decide whether you need extra advice before committing
  • Aims to enable you to budget for any repairs or restoration
  • Aims to advise you on the required amount of future ongoing maintenance
  • An enhanced service that includes all the features of the standard inspection plus a more extensive roof space and underground drainage inspection
  • Provides a reinstatement cost to help you avoid under- or over-insurance
  • Provides market valuation of the property

What is a Building Survey?

  • An enhanced service that includes all the features of the standard inspection plus a more extensive roof space and underground drainage inspection
  • Describes the construction and condition of the property during inspected
  • Aims to identify problems that need urgent attention or are serious
  • Aims to tell you about problems that may be dangerous
  • Includes the standard visual inspection during which secured panels, electrical fittings, inspection chamber covers and other similar features are not removed
  • Aims to enable you to budget for any repairs or restoration
  • Aims to advise you on the required amount of future ongoing maintenance
  • Aims to establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future
  • Aims to describe visible as well as potentially problematic hidden defects
  • Aims to outline the repair options and give you a repair timeline, whilst explaining the consequences of not acting

Why is a survey important?

Buying property is a long-term financial commitment and probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make, so it's definitely worth investing a relatively small amount of money to ensure it is a good sound investment. Having a property survey can save you money in the short and long-term. The outcome of a survey can allow you to budget for any repair work that's required, and can also used to negotiate on the asking price.

For peace of mind and before proceeding with your purchase, choose the survey that's right for you.

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Mortgage or lender's valuation survey

A 'valuation' or valuation report are normally carried out by your mortgage lender and will only check to confirm the valuation of the property and whether it's suitable for a mortgage. What it's not is a detailed inspection of your property that can save you time and money.

View or download a clear impartial guide to all available Home Surveys HERE.

Additional professional services for Residential and Commercial properties

Snagging List - For all new building developments.
Property Management - For rental or investment income.
Valuations - For tax, Insurance, Inheritance tax, Trusts.
Property Expert - We provide expert witness evidence in courts, tribunals and hearings.
Party Wall - Problems with properties with party walls need careful understanding.
Dispute Resolution - Boundaries, access, right to light, damage.

* A qualified surveyor should always carry out a property survey.

All of our surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) or other Royal Charter with equal status under EU directive.

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