The purchase of the freehold or leasehold interest in a building always has some risks. We offer various services which can reduce those risks to a considerable extent.
The term "structural survey" is probably familiar to most people. In fact, the correct term these days is "Building Survey" as the older phrase suggests that the inspection is limited to the structure whereas much of the inspection concerns waterproofing, thermal performance, plaster and other finishes and all the other hings that can cause problems.
We offer a Full Building Survey for most building types including domestic houses and flats, commercial offices, industrial buildings, churches and charity buildings.
Form of Report
We adopt the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) format for Building Surveys but we have tailored our reports to enhance the information presented.
We present the report with copious photographic illustrations which we believe adds considerably to the understanding of the descriptions. For simple modern small houses, there are rarely less than 10 photographs and, with historic buildings or those in our condition, it can be as many as 50.
There is an extract from a typical domestic Building Survey available on the Download page.
For commercial & industrial buildings, there is a greater emphasis on the users interaction between the user and the building so the report can include such things as an assessment of health and safety matters, fire escape provisions and the like.
We have carried out many commercial surveys from major investment properties down to lock up shops.
As here, we often hire a cherry picker to inspect the roofs and the services may need specialist tests which we can organise and interpret for you.
Home Buyers Reports are a reduced form of survey report for simple houses and flats. We do not undertake these as the inspection is reduced to a small but significant degree and the report is produced using a standard form.
We have concerns that the guidance does not require the surveyor to enter the roof space so that defects such as the infestation shown here would not be seen.
Therefore, we believe that, for such a significant expenditure on the purchase, a small reduction in cost does not give value for money and we do not undertake the surveys.
In fact, our charges for a Full Building Survey are sometimes less than the charges made by other Surveyors for a Home Buyers Report.
For leasehold properties, we prefer to see the lease before we carry out the inspection as we can then include advice in the report regarding the repairing obligations and how these relate to the current condition of the building.
Our reports include reference to the repairing obligations and the on-going liabilities.
Where the lease is partially expired, the report would also highlight those areas where repair liabilities have already accumulated.