Pre-purchase building surveys are predominately visual inspections. It is really important 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.

The suggestions below will help you to be confident that have chosen the right company. Your report should 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.

Sample Report

Request 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

Terms & Conditions

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Ask for a copy of their terms and conditions which should include any limitations to the survey.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Confirm that they have professional indemnity insurance and obtain details of such.

Surveyor’s Name

Request the name, qualifications and experience of the surveyor carrying out your pre-purchase building survey.
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Ask Questions

You will need to get some answers to some important questions.

Gather as much information as possible before making your final decision. Have a look at our recommended questions below…

  • Is your Company a specialist in Pre-Purchase Building Surveys?
  • Is the person who is going to inspect your property carrying out building surveys on a day to day basis?
  • Can I see a sample report?
  • Is the surveyor registered as a building surveyor?

Questions you will be asked

You will be asked some questions about the property before you get a quotation or survey.

It is worthwhile having this information to hand. It can be found in the brochure of the property or on the BER certificate.  You can also call your estate agent for the relevant information.

The typical questions you will likely be asked are:

  • Size of the property in square metres (m² )
  • Age of the property – how old is it
  • Where is the property located
  • Are there any extensions or modifications

Hopefully this blog has been helpful in providing you with tips on how to choose a Surveyor. Free free to call our Customer Care team if you would like more information.