Building survey reports
A Building Condition Report is a detailed appraisal of the condition of the fabric of the building. It is not a Structural Engineers Report. The report will advise on the condition and state of repair of the visible parts of the property. It will describe the method of construction where visible, detail any defects which are apparent at the time of inspection and indicate the need for remedying such defects. Areas requiring future maintenance, repair or further inspection will also be highlighted. Proposed alterations should be discussed with the Surveyor prior to inspection.
The Survey is a comprehensive inspection of a property. It examines all accessible parts of the property and you can ask to have specific areas included, so it covers any particular concerns you may have about the building.
Whilst the inspection and the report will be as comprehensive as possible, it will be subject to certain limitations, as indicated in the conditions of engagement. In particular, it should be noted that it is often not practical to inspect areas which are covered, concealed or obstructed, such as wall cavities, sealed roof and floor voids, or areas in ducts and behind panelling. Heavy furniture will not be moved. Roofs will only be inspected if safe and easy access can be obtained either by a 3 metre surveyors’ ladder off the ground or by direct access from within the property. Roof voids will not be inspected if the access is considered dangerous. The report will incorporate general comments only on the garages and other outbuildings, grounds and boundaries.
Where defects are revealed by the inspection, this will enable the prospective purchaser to carefully consider the suitability of the property for their needs and either revise their offer of withdraw before being legally committed to purchase.
There is no such thing as a perfect survey and if you’re unfamiliar with them, they can be alarming. We flag up serious issues, find out if the situation can be rectified, how much it would cost and what the chances of it happening again would be.
Our reports vary in size, but usually run to some 25 pages.
A Building Survey doesn’t include a valuation, but we would be happy to provide this separately if you need one.