1) Full Building Survey Report

A Building Survey is a comprehensive inspection of a property reported in a style to suit the property and your specific requirements. It’s suitable for all properties, especially:

  • Listed buildings.
  • Older properties.
  • Buildings constructed in an unusual way, however old they are.
  • Properties you plan to renovate or alter in any way.
  • Properties that have had extensive alterations.

It examines all accessible parts of the property – and you can ask to have specific areas included, so it covers any particular concerns you have about the building. It is a product which can be tailored to your needs, agreed between you and your surveyor.

A Full Building Survey can include details of:

  • Major and minor defects and what they could mean.
  • The possible cost of repairs.
  • Results of damp testing on walls.
  • Damage to timbers – including woodworm and rot.
  • The condition of damp-proofing, insulation and drainage (though drains aren’t tested).
  • Technical information on the construction of the property and the materials used.
  • The location.
  • Recommendations for any further special inspections.

2) Structure-only Building Survey Report

We also provide structural engineering services as well as building surveys, hence we can offer a service limited to structural and load-bearing elements only (i.e. roof, walls, floors only):

This type of inspection is less expensive than the full Building Survey as it is limited in its scope. It is suitable for those who are only really concerned with structural defects. For example; buyers who intend to undertake extensive renovation / modernisation works. It covers the structural aspects of the property in the same detail as the Building Survey above, but does not include any non-structural parts, or outbuildings (unless specifically requested).

3) Targeted Building Survey Report

A report targeted on one or two specific areas of concern only;

This type of inspection is generally the least expensive, and focuses only on those specific areas of concern, which could be identified by the purchaser (or their valuer), or a matter known by the seller, which he is concerned will arise in a buyer’s survey and wants to be prepared for.