A Building Survey, formally known as a Structural Survey, is a bespoke report which is our most thorough survey. It is recommended for older and larger properties which require some attention, as well as commercial premises and Listed buildings.
If you are unsure if you should proceed with the Building Survey or Homebuyers Survey, please watch the video below:
The Building Survey report will include a higher level of detail in comparison with the Level 2 Homebuyer report. It includes a description of the building elements, together with any defects noted, the cause of the defects found as well as recommended repairs and maintenance. EPC certificate is reviewed, any health and safety issues and statutory implications.
Unlike the Homebuyer report, the Building Survey can be commissioned on all types of property both residential and commercial. The properties we provide Building Surveys for include:
The Building Survey report is also provided with a Photographic Schedule and a Reinstatement Cost Assessment as standard to ensure you receive a report of the highest standard.
Does the property you are purchasing have areas which are restricted from view from the ground level? If this is the case, we offer a Drone Roof Inspection, which you could add as an additional service to ensure we can advise you on the condition of these areas also giving you the information you require in order to make an informed decision on how you wish to proceed. If you wish to book this in, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Upon completion of the Building Survey, we offer a free of charge telephone consultation to discuss our findings and answer any questions you may have prior to us issuing your report. This will leave you in a position to make an informed decision on how you wish to proceed. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance in this regard.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a Building Survey take?
The duration of the inspection varies based on several factors, such as the size and condition of the property. Once we have all the information on the property you are looking to purchase, we can provide you with an estimate on the time required on site.
How long does the report take to produce following the Building Survey inspection?
The Building Survey is a thorough report and completely bespoke to the property. We also ensure we allow time to reflect on our findings before producing the report to provide every client with the highest level of service. As a result, on average we anticipate 5-7 Working days following the inspection but this will vary from property to property. If you require a survey to be returned in a quicker timescale, please contact us and we can advise you accordingly if this will be possible.
Can I commission a Building Survey, if I already own the property?
Yes, we can tailor a Building Survey to suit your needs and if you wish to know the condition of the property you already own as you may be selling it in the near future this is the right survey for you.
Is a Valuation provided with the Building Survey report?
The Building Survey report is not provided with a Valuation. If this is required, then please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange for an independent Valuation to be undertaken at an additional fee.
What will happen if some areas are restricted to access or view during the inspection?
We make all reasonable attempts to inspect all areas of the property however in some cases, areas may be restricted from view or access. In these instances, if the areas present concern and are likely to conceal significant defects or deleterious materials, we will provide recommendations accordingly.
Are building services tested as part of the inspection?
We undertake a visual inspection of the building services and will inform you of any visible damage. In any case, it would be prudent to have these tested by specialists such as a NICEIC Qualified Electrician or a Gas Safe Heating Engineer and obtain a certificate where possible.