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1.  Structural Survey also known as a Building Survey (The Rolls Royce of Surveys)

The Building Survey is suitable for any property old or new. This is quite simply the most detailed report that you can get. The key features are:

1.   Simple to read Executive Summary.

2.   Issues and potential problems identified.

3.   Solutions given to the property problems.

4.   Anticipated building costs.


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2.   Our own Independent Surveys

In addition to the above in our Independent Building Surveys and Structural Surveys we feel we go the extra mile. We feel that we produce the best survey that money can buy. Our features include:

1.   We write the report in plain English.

2.   We use lots of our own sketches that we have had especially commissioned like this one to the right and we literally have thousands of them.

3.   Our surveyors have the best and the latest equipment.

4.   We use super optical cameras.

5.   We send the right surveyor for the right job. (You certainly wouldn't for example ask your doctor to pull your teeth out although they are well qualified.)

6.   We are Independent which means we are not owned by a bank, building society, mortgage company or estate agent as you will find the vast majority of Chartered Surveyors are.


An example of a sketch we would use when applicable in our surveys


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3.  Homebuyers Report


A Homebuyers Report is produced in almost a tick list format.

One of the biggest disappointments people have with homebuyers reports is they refer you onto other specialists and don't include the cost of the problems.

The Homebuyer's reports often don't list the very basic of information that you need to understand the problem.

Homebuyers Reports Surveyors are usually not Independent

Homebuyers Reports usually use a list of standard phrases and probably the worst thing about them is they are normally carried out by bank owned or building society owned or estate agent owned surveyors who are not independent.

Example of a non-solution

For example a homebuyers report will advise there is damp but not exactly where it is and will rather than explain to you how to resolve the problem will refer you onto a damp proof course specialist and of course the damp proof course specialist will always find dampness as they are also a dampness treatment company.

If you suspect anything at all is wrong with your property

If you suspect anything at all is wrong with your property then we would suggest you have a building survey or structural survey. If you are in the unfortunate situation of having had a homebuyers report and it says you need help but doesn't explain what help then we can help you by carrying out a Specific Defect Reports although often it is best to have a complete building survey on the property.


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4. Valuations

A valuation is a chartered valuers opinion (and they are often known as surveyors) on what a property is worth. It is important that you understand that the valuation is a matter of opinion and that the banks, building societies and mortgage lenders rely on the surveyors opinion.

A valuation isn't a survey at all and the paperwork usually warns that it isn't a survey. A valuation is carried out by the bank, building society or mortgage companies' valuer (a type of chartered surveyor) who usually is a regulated valuer.

Valuations warn that they are not building surveys

The valuations that we have seen warn against using it as a basis for assessment of the property condition and recommend a building survey is carried out. Generally these days the valuations are one or two, possibly three sheets of paper and they are carried out by what we would term as production line valuers/surveyors who have to carry out many of these valuations in one day.


Remember a valuation is only a valuation, nothing more


A building survey or structural survey is really the best to open your eyes to all of the potential or actual problems within the property. It is amazing what you do and don't see when you walk around a property looking to buy it.


Buying a problem property can cost a large amount of money

Our Building Surveys or Structural Survey Reports go into depth and detail on all areas and we look at the property from top to bottom, inside and out. The report will be tailor made to your requirements and your property knowledge and also if appropriate your risk profile.


Property advice on the things that really matter

You will be advised on areas that concern your Chartered Surveyor, how to resolve the problem and how much it will cost.


Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate

A building survey or structural survey puts you in a strong position to negotiate as long as you understand the problems. We write our reports in plain English using optical zoom photography and also our own custom made sketches.


Buying a property at the right price

Probably most importantly with a building survey or structural survey you will be purchasing the property with your eyes wide open knowing the problems and buying it at the right price.


Alterations and amendments and redesigning

If you are looking to add, alter, extend or refurbish your property then the building survey or structural survey can advise you on this too.

We would say if the property is old have a building survey. If the property has been amended or altered have a building survey. If you wish to carry out alterations, amendments or redesigning of the property have a building survey. If you wish to know how much problems are likely to cost to solve have a building survey. If you wish to know ways of solving the problems have a building survey.


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