A Building Survey - do I need one?

This type of survey is often also referred to as a structural survey.

This report is generally applicable for all buildings, however, it is particularly suitable for listed buildings; large, older or rundown properties; unusual or altered buildings, or those for which there are plans for major works .

It surveys and provides detailed information on the structure and fabric of the property including:

  • A thorough inspection and detailed report on all aspects of the condition of the property
  • A description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws.
  • An outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity
  • Advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions

This detailed inspection and report will provide full details in respect of the structure, fabric and condition, as mentioned above, especially if major structural alterations are planned.

This report also aims to establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future.

This is the most detailed and comprehensive report available, and can be tailored to suit the purchaser’s needs.  It potentially allows purchasers to negotiate a better deal with the seller.

A valuation is not included as standard but this can be included if required as an additional service.

The report format can be tailored to the client’s requirements and is usually based on the surveyor’s standard format.

Download this file to see a typical Building Survey report format.

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