Free, no obligation quotes, advice and initial discussion. Sample reports provided on inquiry.
The fixed total price quotation will be based on the age of the property, type and number of rooms.
My reports utilise the simplicity of the RICS level 3 format but additionally include a level of information and reporting detail inline with a Traditional 'Full/Structural' Building Survey, with much more information being provided than the restrictive RICS format report allows. Whilst costing a little more, the flexibility of my investigation and depth of reporting ensures you can rely on the findings.
Pictures of the main defects found are provided, at no extra cost. This helps simplify obtaining estimates for the required repairs and helps renegotiating your offer. This also assists in cost effectively organising the work, saving you time and money!
The desk top research carried out into the property is made available, at no extra charge. Link to example research: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wr-tmosbps-ogyuWdpqWvkk6e-Aw7lB62sTMmr1trAk/edit?usp=sharing
Access to photographs taken of the property is also available, on request free of charge (generally between 250 and 500 pictures) compared to around 10 in the RICS reports. This provides a benchmark against which you can monitor future changes to the property to help you proactively maintain the building. Link to example of pictures taken https://photos.app.goo.gl/wbRTCENDX3rUmi4Z8
Link to information for ‘DIY’ estimated valuations. For your convenience, to assist you in making your initial offer:
Link to my property comparison template which you are welcome to use. Please make a copy of it before adding any content (click on 'File' top left then 'Make a copy') save that as your own: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zXRaMAmC_V3VQgLxd_fzZ7LpDVwhHMOQnxA5J71u6iI/edit#gid=0
Link to my guide to Home buying to help guide you through what can be a very stressful process. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DKQ7H2VZ8AlVhyA-Fjciu1Q_HPXlihvznXqgm8lGGas/edit
If you have specific projects, planned changes or requirements, then strategic guidance can be included on request at no extra cost - please ring to discuss, without obligation.
RICS Copyrighted products are separately licensed and tied to restricted methods of reporting. Link to RICS Home buyer professional statement of mandatory requirements and practice.https://www.rics.org/globalassets/rics-website/media/upholding-professional-standards/sector-standards/building-surveying/homebuyer-report-survey-professional-statement-1st-edition-rics.pdf Link to RICS Building Surveys mandatory practice note https://www.rics.org/globalassets/rics-website/media/upholding-professional-standards/sector-standards/building-surveying/building-survey-practice-note-1st-edition-rics.pdf
Link to RICS Guidance note for traditional (not RICS copyrighted products) surveys. These cost a little more but allow flexible and holistic report writing. Suitable for any property and recommended for non-standard properties.https://www.rics.org/globalassets/rics-website/media/upholding-professional-standards/sector-standards/building-surveying/surveys-of-residential-property-3rd-edition-reissue-rics.pdf
Specialists in Building Surveys (also known as full/traditional building surveys or structural surveys) for home owners, buyers and sellers.
Buyers: Would you give
thousands and thousands of pounds for a property you may have looked round a couple of times, belonging to someone you don’t know, just because it looked nice, felt right and seemed to fulfill your dreams?
Whatever you do - don't rely on a surveyor suggested by an estate agent - I guarantee you will not be given the full picture...ask yourself why were they recommended? Could it be they don't rock the boat!
I provide full level 3 Building surveys, incorporating the RICS template but providing further and more detailed information.
A level 3 building survey is suitable for any property. It is an in-depth investigation and provides guidance on resolving defects found. I do not provide valuations (Level 1), or detailed costings for works required. Contact a professional independent valuer or for detailed costings you should engage a quantity surveyor. As a guide only, I can provide free on request, a rough 'ball park' amount that it might cost to remedy the defects found on the basis you will obtain firm estimates from reputable contractors before exchange of contracts.
I do not offer level 2 Homebuyers reports as they are only suitable for homes in good condition, which have been well maintained and not altered or extended since built. A level 2 only notes substantial defects, it does not provide explanations and further investigations are commonly required.
Call me and I will set out the facts that will influence your future and enjoyment of a property. Only then can you truly make an informed decision to either:
- Walk away from a lemon, and save yourself thousands of pounds!
- Negotiate a reduction in the price to cover or put towards the work required. The cost of the survey is usually more than covered by this.
- Understand the costs, time and effort it will take to bring the property up to standard so you can decided if it is truly worth it, both financially and emotionally.
- Plan the work required in a logical, cost efficient manner, again often saving more than the survey fee.
Owners: Plan your property maintenance, prioritise repairs, save energy, protect your investment and the environment and improve your property.