A home is likely to be the most expensive purchase most people ever make. As an owner, you will benefit from the expert advice building surveys give on the condition of your property.
Dawson Associates Chartered Surveyors will assist – whatever the style, size, or age of the property. We offer building surveys in Sussex, Kent, London or the South East. We also offer a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Homebuyer report across the region.
A building survey report (formally known as a Structural Survey report) is a comprehensive, specialised and individually prepared report. It is suitable for all residential properties. It provides detailed information in respect of the construction, condition and both minor and major repairs.
A building survey will also provide commentary on locational and environmental aspects of a building.
It is especially advisable to have a Building Survey if the property you are considering buying is relatively large or of unusual construction.
You should also consider getting a building survey if your property has been extended or altered, or where an extension, alteration or renovation is planned. It would also be appropriate for properties which are older and also for listed buildings.
Whether you would like a Hastings, Brighton, London, Sussex or Kent property building survey, our team of experts will be happy to assist you.
A Building Survey report does not include a valuation, but a valuation is available upon request as an additional service. For more information please see our page on Valuations.
A Homebuyer is a standardised and concise document devised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which concentrates on significant defects that may affect the value of a property. It is designed as an economic alternative to a Building Survey.
In order to reach a decision on whether to process with the purchase of a residential property, it is advisable to commission a survey to provide at least some information and advice in respect of the physical condition of the property. It may be that you are having a Mortgage Valuation carried out, but this is prepared only for the lender, and therefore should not be relied upon by any purchaser.
A Mortgage Valuation only deals with general aspects of the property in relation to its security for your lender; it will not provide any detailed information on material defects that may exist or major repairs that may be required to the property.
The Homebuyer Report is intended for houses and flats which appear to be in reasonable condition and are conventional in terms of construction, size and other aspects. It provides a focus on essential repairs that are urgent or significant or which may have a material effect on the value of the property. The report is generally cost lower than a Building Survey.
Our team of property professionals can create homebuyer reports for regions across the South East including cities and large towns such as Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Hastings.
For further information about the differences between and Building Survey and a Homebuyer Report please refer to RICS Guide on Home Surveys here.