Building Surveying

Homebuyers

The HomeBuyer Report is recommended when purchasing conventional, newer homes, which are thought to be in reasonable condition. It is the most frequently undertaken survey which provides an in depth report of the condition of the property and will give you professional advice to allow you to make an informed decision of whether to go ahead with buying a property.
The HomeBuyer Report will not detail every single aspect of the building, but it does spotlight urgent matters that have a substantial effect on the value of the property and need attending to or further investigation. A comment on value can be provided, if required.

Full Building Survey

Previously known as a full Structural Survey, a Building Survey is a wide-ranging inspection of a property. It is the most comprehensive of the surveys available for residential properties and will provide a detailed evaluation of a property’s condition.

The Building Survey report will describe the condition of each element of the house and identify the property’s defects, their apparent cause, the urgency of repair, maintenance options and may also include an indication of the cost to repair.

Although this survey is more expensive, a Building Survey is a comprehensive and detailed evaluation of a property’s condition and construction as is most suitable for; older properties, listed buildings, buildings of non-traditional construction, buildings that have been significantly altered or buildings that you intend to renovate or alter.

Building Reinstatement

All property owners should ensure that the structure of their property is adequately insured to ensure it can be re-built.

We offer full Building Insurance Reinstatement valuations which are undertaken in accordance with RICS Guidelines.

We are also able to tailor our service to any specific requirements that your insurance company may require.

Schedule of Condition

Schedules of Condition are prepared in order to determine the condition of a property and make a record of existing defects. A Schedule of Condition may be required in various situations, including:

  • As an enclosure to a lease, in order to limit a tenant’s dilapidations liability.
  • In advance of building works or repairs to record the original condition.

Our knowledge and experience in dealing with Dilapidations claims has enabled us to gain a unique understanding of how to correctly construct a Schedule of Condition that can truly aid the position of the client.

Commercial Building Survey

If you are considering a freehold property purchase or taking a lease on a commercial property, we provide building surveys tailored to clients’ individual requirements. Whether you wish to establish the condition of the premises you are considering for your organisations’ day-to-day use, or perhaps as part of an investment portfolio, having a Commercial Building Survey will provide you with all the information you require. A Commercial Building Survey is a detailed inspection and report of the construction, and condition of a property. Our reports are practical, clear and concise. We can carry out building surveys on all types of commercial property across the UK.

Dilapidations

Dilapidations is a claim for damages for breaches of the repairing covenants of the lease at lease expiry. We advise both landlords and occupiers pushing at the margins to maximise recovery or minimise the outgoing.We use our general practice as well as building surveying knowledge to produce a strategy tailored to the client’s needs.
With our expert knowledge, we can produce a schedule of dilapidations tailored to the clients need and future plans for the property or strongly respond to a schedule served on a tenant. We have a track record of recovering significant sums for landlords as well as making significant savings for occupiers.

Party Walls

Since the Party Wall etc Act 1996 came into force, property owners in England and Wales have had a procedure to follow when building work involves a party wall or party fence wall, some excavations close to neighbouring buildings, and new walls at boundaries.
We assist in compliance with relevant legislation and can act for the building owner, adjoining owner, or both as required.