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Some basic tips on how to choose a building surveyor

Ask the following about the building surveyor:

  • Does the Building Surveyor specialise in pre-purchase building surveys on new and old properties?
  • Is the surveyor qualified to certify that building works are in compliance with building regulations and compliance with planning permission?
  • Is the surveyor registered as a building surveyor? Registered Building Surveyors have attained considerable experience in their area of practice. (In our case we specialise in pre-purchase building surveys and have carried out in excess of 15,000 building surveys and structural surveys).

Pre-purchase building surveys are predominately visual inspections. It is therefore of paramount importance that the surveyor you choose to inspect your future home has significant experience in pre-purchase building surveys and carries out building surveys on an ongoing basis.

Your building survey / structural survey should be carried out by a qualified, experienced building surveyor. Before engaging any company to survey your future home you should obtain from them:

  1. A sample survey report so you will know exactly what they will be inspecting and that the report is written and presented in a clear, understandable format.
  2. A copy of their terms and conditions which should include any limitations to the survey.
  3. Confirm that they have professional indemnity insurance and obtain details of such.
  4. The name of the surveyor who will carry out your survey, their qualifications and their experience in carrying out pre-purchase building surveys.

Requesting and checking out all of these suggestions will help you to be confident that your report will be good value for money, contain reliable information and provide you with necessary details regarding the structure of the property, before finalising your purchase offer.

 

What type of Home Buyers Survey do I need?

Answer. Different Types of Building Surveys Visual Survey HomeBuyers Survey Residential Survey Engineers Report Building Survey Pre-Purchase House Survey Structural Building Engineer Report Condition Report Property Survey Structural Survey Full Structural Survey Note, it is important to be aware that some Full Structural Survey Reports may actually contain less information then a Visual Survey. The different types… Continue Reading

What should Sellers and Buyers should know when organizing a building survey

Answer. This post will assist buyers and sellers of properties identify defects and other potential issues that the building surveyor will be looking for when your property is surveyed. If certain defects can be identified and repaired before the house is placed on the market for sale, it should prevent renegotiation taking place at a… Continue Reading

What are some of the common types of structural defects in older houses that are expensive to repair?

Answer. General Structure. The structure is by far the most important part of a building survey. In many instances, structural problems are expensive to repair. The structural part of the building survey involves examining all the visible parts of the exterior, the roof, interior walls, ceilings, floors, attic spaces, doors and window frames. Particular attention… Continue Reading

What should you expect from your building surveyor?

Answer. What To Expect: Many home buyers sometimes buy their home on impulse. Experienced building surveyors can help home buyers avoid buyers remorse by reporting on building defects and problems before the home buyer finds them after closing. All detailed surveys should provide clients with the tools they need to make an educated choice regarding… Continue Reading

FAQ, about building surveys

Q: What is a “House Survey”? A: house survey is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Our building surveyor’s report will include an evaluation of the condition of the home’s roof, attic, roof coverings, insulation, exterior, grounds, heating system, plumbing and electrical… Continue Reading

What are some common areas of concern during structural surveys?

What are some common areas of concern during structural surveys?

Answer. The structure is by far the most important part of a building survey. In many instances, structural problems can be very expensive to repair. The structural part of the building survey involves examining all the visible parts of the exterior, the roof, interior walls, ceilings, floors, attic spaces, doors and window frames. Particular attention… Continue Reading