Importance of a survey

For most people, their home will be the biggest investment they will ever make. Therefore, it is essential they make the right purchase and look after their investment carefully. Whether it is a domestic property purchase or a new commercial unit, I can undertake a thorough survey and provide an easy to understand report to enable you to make the right decision. Why do you need an RICS Home Survey? Because forewarned is forearmed.

Surveys can help you avoid expensive surprises as well as giving you peace of mind. For those who have never owned a property before, a survey can also be immensely reassuring.

In many cases, sales brochures do not tell the full story! This information can help with sales negotiations, as highlighted problems can be a bargaining tool. With the information from the survey, you might reconsider whether to buy the property or try and renegotiate the price, such as if the wall ties were found to be defective. Alternatively, you might ask the person selling the property to fix the problems found before you buy it. For example, if your survey finds that you will need to undertake repairs costing £5,000 you could ask for a £5,000 reduction in price, or alternatively, ask the seller to make the necessary repairs prior to exchange contracts. 

In many cases, the survey pays for itself.

A survey will :

  • Alert you to hidden risks and dangers
  • Give you solid reasons to justify a major price reduction
  • Highlight your property’s potential

Plus, having an experienced property professional on your side will cut out a lot of stress and worry. My survey reports provide you with the tools, information and pricing, to make informed decisions.

My reports use the RICS rating system to ensure that you can easily identify the most serious issues. Photographs are also used throughout. If you are unsure of anything I can discuss the report’s findings over the phone on completion. If I find something that needs to be resolved I can provide additional investigations, design services for remedial repairs if needed.

I am independent of the estate agent and the bank. I have local knowledge. More importantly, I do not receive a referral fee and I will provide you with an unbiased report.

I provide four main types of survey:

  • Homebuyer Survey (with or without a valuation) – RICS Level 2
  • Building Survey – RICS Level 3
  • Commercial Building Surveys
  • Specific Defect Surveys

Condition Report (RICS Level 1)

Unfortunately, I do not provide RICS Condition Reports as they do not go into adequate depth. I would recommend that you obtain a Level 2 survey report as a minimum.

Home Survey – (RICS Level 2)

The Level 2 survey service aims to give you professional advice to:

• make an informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying the property
• take into account any repairs or replacements the property needs, and
• consider what further advice you should take before committing to purchasing the property.

It can be provided with or without a market valuation and insurance rebuild costs. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the value of the property with repairs and ongoing maintenance advice. 

Home Survey – (RICS Level 3) 

This is a much more detailed assessment of the property and is the highest level survey that I provide. It is essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works.

The Level 3 service aims to give you professional advice to:

• help you make a reasoned and informed decision when purchasing the property, or when planning for repairs, maintenance or upgrading the property
• provide detailed advice on condition
• describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects
• propose the most probable cause(s) of the defects based on the inspection and
• where practicable and agreed, provide an estimate of costs and likely timescale for identified repairs and necessary work.

No market valuation is contained within these reports, although a bolt-on report can be provided for an additional fee.

Please call me or refer to the link below for additional information:

Commercial Building Surveys

The commercial surveys we provide are based on RICS requirements. The key aims of the surveys are to provide a technical report on the physical condition of the building and to reveal any defects or shortcomings that may have an impact on the acquisition or occupation of the building. We will assess the adequacy of the building as constructed, its specification and standard of finish. Each survey can be tailored to your specific requirements.

Specific Defect Surveys

A specific defect inspection may be required following the application of a mortgage, where the lender’s surveyor has reported a possible defect to the property. Or when a home or commercial property owner requires advice to diagnose a building defect that causes concern, such as dampness or cracking of the structure.  This survey reports on a particular defect rather than the property as a whole.

I have considerable experience in carrying out inspections to investigate and diagnose building defects. I can carry out thorough investigations, using appropriate equipment, to identify the root cause of the problem. Detailed and comprehensive reports are provided which identify the defects and provide advice on remedial measures and estimated costs. 

Not sure what you need? I can help you choose the most appropriate survey and will be more than happy to discuss the scope, extent and suitability of the reports that I can provide.


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