Building Surveys (formally known as Structural Surveys) are suitable for all residential and commercial property. It is advisable to have a Building Survey if the property which you are considering buying is of unusual construction, has perhaps been extended or altered or where a major extension or renovation is planned. It would also be appropriate for properties which appear to be in particularly poor or dilapidated condition.

Building Survey

The report will provide more detail on all aspects of the construction of the property and will also include more extensive technical information and details on minor repairs as well as major repairs that may be required. The report is generally priced higher than a HomeBuyer Survey & Valuation, for these reasons.

When we provide a Building Survey, we inspect and report on the following (accessible) areas within the property:

General: Location, Type of property and construction, Accommodation, Tenure, Road charges, Town planning.

External: Main roof, Other roofs, Eaves, Chimney stacks, Flues and flashings, Rainwater goods, Main walls, Air bricks, Damp proof course, Windows, Doors, Joinery, Decorations, Drainage System, Foundations and settlement, Trees, Insurance, Boundaries, Walls, Footpaths, The site, Garages and outbuildings.

Internal: Roof space, Ceilings, Walls, Fireplaces, Flues and chimney breasts, Floors, Windows, Doors, Joinery, Staircases, Fixtures and fittings, Sanitary fittings, Decorations, Thermal and sound insulation, Electricity, Gas, Cold water, Hot water, Plumbing, Heating, Dampness, Woodworm, Dry rot, Timber defects, Lighting, Ventilation, Building regulations.

For further information on the differences between a Building Survey and a HomeBuyer Report please read this guide

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