Building Survey

Do you need a Building Survey for your new home?

Surveyor Local offers three different types of RICS surveys: the HomeBuyer Report, the Building Survey and the Property Valuation Report.

The Building Survey is the most indepth of the three and looks at any defects or concerns, as well as the structure of the internal and external parts of the building, with photographic evidence throughout the report in most cases. The Building Survey is recommended by RICS if you are purchasing a property that is one or more of the following: built before 1900; had extensive repairs or alterations; is expecting to be built upon or extended.

What does a Building Survey do?

  • Helps you make a reasoned and informed decision as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase;
  • Identifies potential problems such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including: roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building from ground level;
  • Can help you negotiate a better property price: Where problems are discovered or a lower valuation is given, buyers are enabled to negotiate a lower buying price;
  • Prepare you for potential costly repairs after you move in;
  • Provides you with a report completed by an RICS surveyor: Surveyor Local’s national panel of surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors;
  • Produces an exhaustive report: a more indepth survey on construction, issues and defects;
  • Appropriate for all properties: a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification;
  • Highlights urgent issues: Reports on any defects needing urgent attention;
  • Advises on ongoing maintenance: Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance;
  • Appropriate for unusual property types: Suitable for older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation;
  • Offers advice for your Solicitor: Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.

The importance of getting a property survey

This video from the RICS explains the importance for home buyers to get a property survey done:


How do you book a Building Survey?

The first thing you want to do is get an accurate quote for a Building Survey. Get a free Building Survey quote here from Surveyor Local, and you're that much closer to your finished Building Survey Report.