Experts in building surveys, homebuyer surveys and residential property surveys.
Serving Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Greater London, Berkshire, Surrey, Kent and beyond.
We now offer drone surveys so if you have a leaky roof or you are worried about your chimney please call to discuss which survey is suited to your exact needs.
If you're buying a new home or worried about current defects on your existing home.
Please call us first for friendly expert advice.
Surveys can highlight a vast range of problems in the property that may not be obvious when you view the home. Hidden defects or developing problems could lead to much bigger and costly issues during your ownership.
A valuation informs the lender of the value of the property they are lending against, to confirm whether the property is worth what you are paying for it. A valuation doesn’t inform you of common issues such as damp, dry rot, subsidence, in as much detail as a survey.
According to national statistics, buyers who didn’t get a survey faced on average £5,750 worth of repairs when they moved in and 17% of these ended up paying more than £12,000 on average to make their homes habitable.
All our surveyors will take an impartial view when inspecting a home, using their skills and experience, they will be able to identify problems a buyer may not notice when they view a potential property. Our surveyors will spend a minimum of two hours inspecting the property.
If the surveyors encounter any defects that require expensive repairs, it doesn’t automatically mean you shouldn’t purchase the property. Should the seller not wish to address the reported issues, you could use the report as a renegotiation tool, asking for the price of the property to reflect the cost of the repairs.
Our surveying team has an extensive range of knowledge in all aspects of surveying including of your chosen area, types of local property, and issues to look out for, such as past flooding or potential risk, proximity to pylons, overhead cables and electro-magnetic fields, current or past underground mining.
In general there are three standard levels of surveying you can choose when buying a home.
Level 1- Condition Survey, Level 2 - Homebuyer Survey and Level 3 - Building Survey*
*(Highly recommended, most comprehensive)
If possible find any important documents that are related to your property such as Electrical and Gas certificates, Building regulations and planning permissions and your homes EPC.
This will save time and speed up the process.
Your surveyor will definitely want to check your electricals, it is always worth checking any plug sockets and lights to make sure they in safe working order and if possible getting any repairs done prior to the surveying appointment.
Large furniture like beds, sofas and wardrobes can hide all sorts of problems on the walls and floors. Your surveyor will want to check behind any large pieces of furniture so if it's possible to move any away from the walls this will help.
Your surveyor will want to have a look in your loft. They will check the roof is in good repair and that the space is insulated and free from signs of damp and mould. Creating easy access and even clearing the loft will help save time.
BUILDING SURVEYS, HOMEBUYER SURVEYS AND PROPERTY SURVEYS.
AERIAL ROOF SURVEYS, DRONE SURVEYS AND HERITAGE ROOF SURVEYS.
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Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Greater London, Berkshire, Surrey, Kent