Building Surveys Canterbury

Building Surveys Canterbury

Are you acquiring a property? Contact us.

Building Surveys Canterbury

Buying a home is perhaps the single biggest investment anyone will make in their lifetime yet research indicates that only 20% of all buyers have a survey and that over a quarter of all house buyers who did not have a survey faced unexpected repair bills. Don’t be caught out!

If you’ve had an offer accepted on a property, you’ll be wondering whether you need a survey and if so which one.

So what is a survey? A property survey is intended to be a detailed inspection of a property’s condition. We will inspect the property and tell you if there are structural problems like unstable walls or subsidence. We will also highlight if there are any major repairs or alterations needed, such as fixing the roof or chimney chute. We will also provide expert commentary on the property, from the type of wall to the type of glazing.

If you are acquiring a residential property then we can help you with a Building Survey. The complete Property Audit that will tell you everything you need to know about the condition of your investment.

If you are considering alterations or improvements then we can look at those as part of the survey and provide guidance on what may be possible and if Statutory Authority Approval will be required.

As an alternative if required, we can organise a Home Buyers Report in the RICS recognised format.

Building Surveys Canterbury

Building Surveys Canterbury

Do I need to get a survey?

A property survey is optional. But they can help you avoid expensive and unwanted surprises, like an unexpected rewiring job, as well as giving you peace of mind by telling you that those hairline cracks don’t mean the house is falling down. Given the hundreds of thousands of pounds it costs to buy a property, a few hundred pounds on a survey to have the reassurance of an independent, expert surveyor looking over it feels like a good investment.

With the information from the survey you might reconsider whether to buy the property or use the unbiased information you have attained to renegotiate the price. If you find for example it needs £15,000 of roof repairs, it is reasonable to ask for £15,000 off the price. Alternatively, you might ask the seller to fix the problems before you buy.

We would particularly recommend a survey if:

  • you have any specific worries about any part of the property
  • you feel unsure about what sort of condition the property is in
  • you are looking to buy an old or unusual property
  • the property has a thatched roof or is timber framed
  • the building is listed

A Building Survey will determine these prior to your commitment to purchase and ensure that you are aware of all of the potential future costs of your acquisition.

If you require a Survey to ensure your investment does not run away with your funds, then please give us a call.

Price Lilford: Building Surveys Canterbury