Surveying

One in five home buyers rely solely on a mortgage valuation when purchasing a property, and on average spend £5,750* on repairs once they’ve moved in.
*Source – RICS website

 

A home is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make, yet we so often see people buying homes without a survey. A valuation is not a survey and it won’t help if you buy and then discover a problem that’s going to cost you thousands to put right.

At a time when you’re already spending a lot of money, a survey can seem like a big expense. But we believe it’s far better to be aware of any issues before you buy so that you can make an informed decision about how much you’re willing to pay for a property and, if necessary, budget for any repair work that will need doing.

The information contained in the survey might also be a tool to help you negotiate with the seller.  By finding out about the condition of the building, if there are problems you’ve got a powerful bargaining tool for either negotiating the buying price down or asking the seller to fix the problems.

 

Suitable if you’re buying a relatively new property with no previous issues, and just want some reassurance that everything is OK.

The RICS Condition Report is designed be used for a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:

  • Clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention
  • A summary of the risks to the condition of the building
  • Advice on replacement parts, guarantees, planning and control matters for your legal advisers

Although Condition Reports provide a good overall indication of the condition of a property, they are limited in scope and don’t include any advice or recommendations on the repair or maintenance of any defects identified, or the likely costs. It also doesn’t cover less serious defects which, though minor, may also lead to repair costs. The RICS Condition Report is mainly intended for relatively new and conventional properties, and in most cases we would recommend that it’s better to opt for a more comprehensive HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey.

The most popular type of survey, and the standard choice for most properties that are in a reasonable condition. If you’re buying an unusual or period property, or one that requires significant renovation, it’s best to upgrade to a building survey.

More detailed than a condition report, this highlights problems such as damp and subsidence and includes advice on necessary repairs and ongoing maintenance, as well as pointing out anything that doesn’t meet current building regulations. Non-intrusive, the surveyor will not look behind furniture or under floorboards and so will only be able to identify ‘surface-level’ problems.

This report can also include a market valuation and rebuild cost, and on average takes around two to four hours to complete.

This is best for when you want to know that you’re paying the price for your property and to be sure of no nasty surprises.

This includes everything in the HomeBuyers survey, plus a market valuation.

A good option if you’re buying a property that's over 50 years’ old or in a poor condition. Also worthwhile if you’re planning to do significant work or have any concerns about the property.

The most thorough survey you can get. Formerly known as a Full Structural Survey, the Building Survey provides a comprehensive analysis of the structure of the property and describe the condition of each element, identifying defects, their apparent cause and the urgency of repair and maintenance options.

The survey will inspect all visible and accessible parts of a building, including roofs, walls, floors, windows and doors, chimneys, cellars, garages and outbuildings. Surveyors have a legal responsibility to discover and inform of any major problems with a property, so during the building inspection surveyors will actively search for potential problems and building defects.

This includes looking into cupboards and manholes, and an inspection of the services; it does not, however, investigate enclosed or concealed parts of a building, such as sealed roof spaces.

You can request that certain areas are included to cover particular concerns that you may have about the property. In contrast to the RICS HomeBuyer Report, there is no specific format for the Building Survey report, so we are able modify a Building Survey to your needs.

There is also the option of a Market Valuation as part of your survey.

 

In addition to our pre-purchase RICS Reports and Building Surveys, we conduct an array of specialist services, offering advice on a wide range of issues including:

  • Building inspections including defects analysis and building pathology
  • Leasehold enfranchisement
  • Party wall matters
  • Landlord disrepair claims
  • Expert witness reports
  • Schedules of Condition and Dilapidation for residential or commercial leases
  • Planned Maintenance Reports
  • Structural engineering
  • Project management
  • Quantity surveying

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  • Managing the sale of the estate of my late Father has been eased by the great service of the team at Warmans Cube. They’ve been sympathetic to the situation and emotions involved, and provided a quick and hassle free valuation of the property and we’ve just completed the sale at the full asking price.

    Mrs. Huntingdon
  • Thank you for a prompt and very thorough service, with clear and thoughtful advice on the property.  Would definitely recommend Warmans Cube to prospective buyers.

    Mrs. Wingate
  • Warmans Cube is to be highly commended for the service, follow up and the impressive detailed survey report we promptly received which hugely helped us make an informed decision on a Period Building. Warmans Cube are one of a few Surveyors to specialise in Victorian , Georgian all Period buildings, which gave us peace of mind as such buildings need specialist surveys. They also sent an Architect free of charge to give us added advice who also specialised in period buildings. Thank you, we will be recommending you.

    Vera and Tatiana
  • Jon and Tim did a great job of designing and project managing the extension of our home. We have very high standards, and my husband is very particular when it comes to alterations to our home! We could not have asked for a better service and are delighted with the result.

    Mr and Mrs Langley
  • Quick, efficient and easy – thank you Warmans Cube. I’ll definitely be using you next time I need a survey.

    Mr. Sommers

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