Below sets out some frequently asked questions about our core services:
Do I need a survey?
Our advice is always yes. Often buyers associate the need for a survey with older properties. However, we have found some potentially serious defects even on brand-new properties. A property purchase is a big investment and ideally you want to have a thorough understanding of what you are buying.
The Importance of getting a survey
What type of survey do I need?
That depends on the type of property and whether it has been altered.
Typically the RICS Homebuyer Service will be suitable for a modern unaltered property, whilst a more complex, extended, converted or pre Second World War property will be best served by the RICS Building Survey. We look at on-line marketing details for the property to make an assessment of what the most appropriate survey would be for each property.
For clients requiring inspections of a limited range of issues and/or a verbal or summary report, a bespoke service can be tailored to your needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
What is included in the report?
RICS Homebuyer Service and RICS Building Survey.
Click on the links to find out what is included in each service.
Sometimes the survey will reveal specific issues that need to be addressed and/or require a more intrusive inspection of a particular element. We can help put you in touch with specialist consultants or contractors where necessary or advisable.
What sort of things can a survey find?
A few examples of what we find…
Defective flat roof
Decay to timbers
Failure of flat roof
Deteriorating Roof Covering
Evidence of bats
Urgent repairs due
Gutters requiring maintenance
Poor quality roof detail
How much will it cost?
Please contact us for a no-obligation fee quote using the Quick Quote Request.
Examples of aspects of survey inspections
How long will it take?
From the date of inspection, most reports are returned electronically in pdf format within 2 – 5 working days.
Our Other Services
- BCIS Estimate of Reinstatement Cost for Buildings Insurance
- RICS Market Valuations of Residential Properties
- General Survey and Valuation Advice
Architectural Design Experience
In past years Ed Chamberlain BSc (Hons) MRICS has undertaken a range of architectural projects, a selection of which are set out within the Case Studies section.
These include a wide range of residential extensions, alteration and new build dwellings. Ed draws on his wealth of experience to provide his survey clients with helpful advice in relation to work they may be considering and how best to proceed. Such advice is provided on an informal basis, usually through discussion for survey clients.
Due to high volumes of survey work, we are not currently undertaking architectural design work, but can provide clients with general advice in respect of proposed alterations and extensions.