Home Buyer Survey

Are you wanting to know more about a Home Buyer Survey or a Structural Survey?


Finding it hard to choose between a Home Buyer Survey or Structural Survey?

We can help You decide

Home Buyer Survey or Structural Survey?

Are you undecided about which type of survey is best a home buyer survey or structural survey? Definitely a structural survey. Why?

Do you want peace of mind that you are not buying a problem property?  Then a structural survey rather than a home buyer survey, which is far more in-depth, is what we recommend.  A structural survey unlike a home buyer survey will include costs for any building work that is required to make good any property defects.  These costs can be used to negotiate on the purchase price and help to save you money.  With a home buyer survey your Surveyor will generally not meet you at the property whereas with a structural survey you can.  To meet your Surveyor at the property is invaluable as you will be able to talk through any concerns or get advice on future extension plans.

A structural survey is always best

Why? Find out more about structural surveys

You can meet your Surveyor_________________________

Our Surveyors will meet you at the property on the day of the survey so you can talk through any property concerns. If you are planning to amend or extend the property our Building Surveyors can help with ideas to maximise your living space.


Money Saving Surveys_________________________

A structural survey will save you money as the cost of any property defect found can be used to negotiate on the property price. You don't want to buy a problem property so buy a structural survey that will save you time and money.


Plain English Surveys_________________________

Our structural surveys are written in plain English and are jargon free. We have clear, comprehensive Executive Summaries so you will be aware of any property problems, anticipated building costs and action required to resolve any property issues.



Structural Surveys Fast

Are you in the process of buying a new home?

Having a structural survey will enable you to make a quick decision on whether the property is the right one for you at the right price.


Example Structural Surveys_________________________

Still undecided whether to have a home buyer survey or full structural survey?

Take a look at our example surveys just call 0800 298 5424 and we will send you example surveys similar to the age, type and style of property you are looking to buy so you can see the high quality and professional standard of our surveys.


Independent Property Experts_________________________

Whilst many Surveyors are tied in with banks, mortgage lenders, estate agencies etc our Surveyors are totally independent.

Being independent means we are 100% impartial. We are not in the business of selling houses and mortgages - we work for you and only you with your best interests at heart.


Hundreds of structural survey photos_________________________

Our Surveyors take literally hundreds of photos whilst carrying out full structural surveys. We use the latest digital cameras and include aerial view 360 photos, which are a cost effective way of photographing high level areas. These survey photos will ensure you are fully informed of any structural issues or characteristics of the property before you commit to buy.



Unique Survey Sketches

Included in our structural surveys are many unique survey sketches.

We have had these sketches specially commissioned for our sole use, which help you to understand any property issues or characteristics.


Thank You


Our goal is always to help people make the right decision for their next home

Thank you reading our web page

Free phone 0800 298 5424 we would love to help You



I called 1stAssociated regarding a survey on a ground floor apartment I was interested in buying. I had concerns as my partner has breathing difficulties and I had seen some internal dampness in the back bedroom when I viewed the property. I was sent an example survey and given a great quote and I was also advised the Surveyor would be more than happy for me to attend the survey so I decided to go ahead. Everything was arranged very efficiently and after meeting the Surveyor at the property, who was fantastic, I received a full structural survey report. Due to the finding of the structural survey I will not be going ahead with purchasing this property but am at present looking at another property, which I will definitely ask 1stAssociated Surveyors to survey.

Miss Bhatia, London. SE25

We booked a structural survey on an 1800's terrace we were interested in purchasing. We received a fantastic report, which was so easy to follow and understand and even included anticipated costs for the work required. This really helped us when we were looking for quotes from builders. We are please to say we will be purchasing the property and will be recommending 1stAssociated Surveyors to our friends and family. Thanks again!

Mr Ellis-Menton, Liverpool

We booked a structural survey on a 1930's/1950's semi detached property we were interested in buying. We met the Surveyor at the property, which was very useful as he highlighted problems we were not aware of. Due to the internal and external cracking in the property we are undecided as yet as to whether we will be going ahead. The Surveyor advised he is more than happy to discuss any concerns we may have by phone so we may well call him. Overall we found the survey report easy to understand and everyone involved very helpful. Thank you

Mrs Patel, Enfield

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If you truly do want an independent expert opinion from a surveyor with regard to valuations, mortgages, mortgage companies, surveys, building surveys, structural reports, engineers reports/specific defects report, structural surveys, home buyers reports or any other property matters please contact 0800 298 5424 for a surveyor to give you a call back.


Commercial Property

If you have a commercial property, whether it is freehold or leasehold then sooner or later you may get involved with dilapidation claims. You may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at www.DilapsHelp.com and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site www.DisputesHelp.com .

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