Old or unusual property
Older properties or unusual properties need a detailed inspection and report rather than a brief assessment and a comprehensive Building Survey is recommended. A lot can happen over the years in a period house and it’s important to make sure everything is covered and just as important that we’re not jumping to any conclusions. A simple mortgage valuation on a period house can find some damp and call in a damp proofing company, wasting time and money as it is usually not necessary.
A proper inspection will make sure everything is looked at and assessed properly, with issues put into context. Damp, cracks, evidence of woodworm etc. may be an ongoing concern but might not and this survey will make sure you are aware of all concerns and equally that you are not overly concerned about longstanding issues or matters which can be relatively easily and cheaply resolved through management and maintenance.
Paul Gowers is highly experienced in the survey of old period properties, including very large properties, and will give you a pragmatic and measured assessment to suit your needs and plans.
Property which looks like it might have problems
If after looking round you are concerned about things you have spotted you would probably be best having a comprehensive Building Survey to make sure the house is assessed in detail. Feel free to discuss your concerns before we go round to make sure we take account of everything you need.
20th Century property which seems OK
While a full and comprehensive Building Survey is suitable for every type of house, it is the most expensive option and quite often a Homebuyer Report will give you all the information you really need. It will include a section on every part of the property but not go into all the detail of the Building Survey. It will tell you how it is built, whether it needs any significant or urgent attention and also give brief maintenance advice as necessary.
Quite often, people suggest that as the house is modern it doesn’t need a survey. Our advice is that every house needs some sort of survey (and remember, a mortgage valuation is not a survey). Newer houses aren’t always built that well and a Homebuyer Report will give you the peace of mind that there are no leaking pipes, hidden damp etc.
Alternatively, a Condition Report will give you a brief assessment on condition following a proper surveyor’s inspection. These surveys will be written with you in mind, rather than the lender.
Simply complete the form below and one of our friendly team will be in touch to discuss your survey options