Building surveys are inspections of properties and are one of the most all-inclusive surveys available for residential properties, offering a detailed evaluation of the building’s condition.
In previous times, building surveys were known as structural surveys, but they still describe the condition of each element within the house, suggesting any areas that may require further investigation. On some occasions, home buyers may use the former term, so it’s good to know them both.
The surveys should always be conducted by qualified and skilled chartered surveyors, like ours. We’re regulated by RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). This is an international organisation which sets the guidelines for surveyors across the world and is the standard of service you should come to expect. When a survey company is associated with RICS, you can be assured that you’re receiving independent, professional and expert advice.
Building surveys are suitable for all properties as they’re versatile and cover a comprehensive number of points. However, they are very appropriate for the following:
- Listed buildings
- Older properties
- Buildings that you’re intending to change or renovate
- Buildings that have already been significantly altered or renovated
- Buildings that are made in an unusual way, regardless of their age
Our building surveyor in Reading examines all of the elements that are accessible in a property and actively seeks structural defects or problems. In the final report, we are legally obliged to include any problematic defects. If you wish, you can request that certain areas be included to cover any concerns you may have.
Items that are checked during a survey include any costs for possible repairs, tests for damp in the walls, any insignificant defects, the condition of insulation, any dry rot or woodworm, and more. However, the report will not go into detail on aspects such as electrical equipment and heating but, if needed or requested, we can arrange for these to be investigated further by experts.
Due to its thoroughness, a survey can take up to a day to complete and the report may take a few days to receive. It will disclose all of the findings and include recommendations where necessary.
If you’re buying a property, it is very important to have the expert knowledge of a professional surveyor to ensure that you are aware of any potential problems. If not, you could be left with unwanted and, unfortunately, costly surprises. Our home buyer reports in Reading, Slough and Maidenhead will ensure you’re completely informed.