It's easy to be seduced...
When buying a home it is very easy to be seduced without realising the property’s true condition. There may be defects that could cost you a lot of money to put right. A survey is not a legal requirement, but could save you a lot of stress and money. Simply put a survey is a property health-check and can help you understand any problems before hand or help you to renegotiate the sale price. You should always work with a reputable RICS qualified surveyor.
So what are my options?
Is suitable for most modern and older homes, in a reasonable condition and includes:
- Ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings etc.
- A summary of the risks to the condition of the building
- Advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance
- Legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your purchase
Get one if you have any specific concerns about the purchase.
Is a more comprehensive survey and can take several days to complete (depending on the property). It will include all the features of a Home Buyer Report, plus the following:
- A more thorough inspection and report on a variety of issues
- Summary of defects (even insignificant ones) and potential problems caused by hidden flaws
- Advice on repair options, their estimated cost and the potential consequences of failing to address them
- Further advice and considerations for your solicitor.
Suitable for large, unusual, old, listed or dilapidated homes and also where buildings are undergoing a change-of-use, for example, a barn or watermill or windmill conversion.