7H Chartered Surveyors provide two types of survey for house buyers and sellers: A full Building Survey (previously known as a Full Structural Survey by the RICS) and a Building Assessment.
The Building Assessment is very similar to the RICS Homebuyer or Home Condition Reports but is our own version. By using our own version we are able to adapt the report contents more closely to the client and property situation and also provide photographs. The RICS reports have very rigid formats which do not allow for this. The cost is much the same as a Homebuyer or Home Condition Report.
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We have a wide range of experience from large London townhouses to mediaeval hall houses and everything in between. We have provided advice as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.
Buying a house or other property to live or work in is the biggest financial commitment most people make in their lifetime; however, up to 75% of buyers do not commission an independent building survey or inspection. A building survey will almost certainly draw your attention to defects that you didn’t know existed or the seriousness of which you may not have appreciated. They enable you to make an informed and considered decision and in nearly all cases, to renegotiate your purchase price, usually saving thousands of pounds on that purchase price.
Identified defects may require considerable immediate or future expenditure, or in the extreme make a property virtually impossible to sell. A modest investment in a Building Survey or Building Assessment is money well spent in protecting your biggest asset.
More About Building Surveys and Building Assessments
A Building Survey identifies defects visually, by experience and by non-invasive means throughout the property and is a bespoke report which can include advice about your particular concerns such as specific defects and alterations you may be considering.
The Building Survey will provide detailed advice on causes of defects, remedies, cost estimates, insurance and legal issues. This is the preferred option for most clients as causes and remedies of defects can be multiple and complex- cost estimates also help with any further negotiation.
A Building Assessment is a succinct report which identifies exactly the same defects as a Building Survey but does not include advice on causes, remedies or costs. These provide quick, clear identification of the issues.
A Building Assessment is more suited to smaller, modern (post war) ‘standard’ construction houses which have not been altered or extended greatly but the report can be adapted to most situations. Clients in the building industry or who have good building knowledge also find these useful.