How home surveys can help

Identifying problems with the house before it becomes your home.

If you’re buying a new home, having the right home survey done can save you money and reduce the stress of finding costly surprises once you’ve moved in.

The best way to reach an informed decision when buying a house, is to get a home survey from a Chartered Surveyor. Before you decide to go ahead and commit yourself, you can minimize the risks by asking a Chartered Surveyor to answer these questions for you:

  • Is the agreed price reasonable?
  • Are there problems I don’t know about?
  • If so, what do I need to do about them?

Getting your own survey is the simple, economical way to avoid unpleasant – and perhaps costly – surprises after moving in.  A survey can save you money and give you a clear picture of what you are buying, it will help you avoid costly surprises and may offer you room to negotiate the price.

What choice of home surveys do I have?

Chartered Surveyors offer three forms of survey which are specifically designed to help you when you’re buying your home:

RICS Condition ReportGives a clear picture of the condition of a property without fault diagnosis or valuation sections. Each section has a condition rating. Suited to modern traditional houses.

RICS Homebuyer Report Shows major problems and provides a condition rating for each section. Also includes a valuation and a rebuilding cost for insurance purposes. Suited to standard traditionally built property.

Building Survey Full picture of the construction and condition of residential properties.
Ideal for larger, older or properties needing significant work or repair.

Valuation Reports A report advising on the value of the property.  Used by lending institutions, solicitors or private individuals for various reasons including probate.

For advice on the type of survey or to speak to a Chartered Surveyor call Tim Bishop on 0117 9734758