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A Building Survey is the most comprehensive survey available for residential properties, formerly called a Structural Survey, it provides a detailed evaluation of the condition of each element and the structure of a property, with suggestions on which areas are of concern and would need further investigation.
A Building Survey examines all accessible elements of a property and your surveyor will actively search for any structural problems or defects. But unlike a HomeBuyer Report which has a standardised format, a Building Survey is able to be tailored to the property by allowing you to request that certain areas are included to cover particular concerns that you may have about the property.
All of our Building Survey's are conducted by experienced Chartered Surveyors who are regulated by the RICS, so you can be assured you are getting the best independent expert advice.
If you are considering purchasing a property and you do not need the attention given in a Building Survey, we recommend you commission the more standardised HomeBuyer Report as it is more cost effective and should also give you all the information you need.
While Building Surveys are suitable for all properties, we do not instantly recommend them as the best option for all properties.
For the following types of property we would recommend a Building Survey:
- Listed Buildings – Building that are on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
- Older Properties – Properties over 100 years old.
- Unusual – Buildings constructed in an unusual way, regardless of age.
- Renovation – Any buildings that you are intend to renovate or change.
- Altered – Buildings that have already been renovated or significantly altered.
- Concern – When additional attention is required because of concerns over certain areas of the property.
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A Building Survey has many benefits over the standard HomeBuyer Report:
- All Properties - A Building Survey is appropriate for all properties and can contain all aspects of a HomeBuyer Report.
- Further Investigation - A Building Survey provides suggestions on which elements of a property are of concern and would need further investigation.
- Flexibility - Unlike a HomeBuyer Report a Building Survey has no standardised format. This allows your surveyor to pay attention to aspects of a property that would not normally be included in a standard Survey.
- Thorough - A Building Survey is the most thorough survey you can commission on a residential property so your surveyor will actively search for any structural problems or defects that maybe overlooked in a HomeBuyer Report.
- Tailored - Direct contact between you and your surveyor allows you to to direct the report to pay attention to aspects of a property that would not be included in a standard Survey.
Allied Surveyors carry out Building Surveys nationwide.
Our office specialises in the greater West Midlands area including; Birmingham, Coventry, Staffordshire and Redditch. We also cover Shropshire, Central Wales and the Welsh Border.
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Before you commission a Building Survey you can request that certain aspects are included in the report. These are additions to the standard service for which there may be an additional charge.
The following are examples of some of the aspects you may wish to consider adding:
- A current valuation of the property.
- A rebuilding cost for insurance purposes
- Comments on outbuildings.
- A budgeting guide to the cost of repairs
- Comments on specialist reports or legal investigations
- An Ordnance Survey Plan
When you think of the unique nature of most listed buildings, you would think that you would need a trained Listed Building specialist to perform your Building Survey, but the truth is you don't.
We have RICS Chartered Surveyors experienced in conservation properties, whose specialist knowledge gives them the ability to discover problems that would otherwise may be missed.
- Listed Building Consent - As the buyer you inherit legal responsibility for any changes to the building which are not authorised.
- Timber Framed - Extra care is need in understanding the way old timber framed properties were built as they are costly to repair.
- Age & Repairs - Older Properties were not designed to meet modern expectations of comfort and repairs using modern materials can give rise to unforeseen problems.
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