House Surveys

South West Surveys is pleased to partner with Robert White Associates, who are leading providers of house surveys and pre-purchase valuation reports in Bristol, Swindon, Gloucester Cheltenham, Newport and Cardiff.

If you’re looking to purchase a property, it’s vital that you invest in a home survey. Instructing a qualified surveyor to carry out a house survey will ensure that there are no issues with regards to your home’s structure or build that could cost you dearly at a later date.

Many mortgage companies will complete their own Mortgage Valuation report before they formally offer you a mortgage. However, bear in mind that these valuations are completed to address the lender’s specific concerns about the property and they are unlikely to deal with points that are of personal interest to you.
Robert White Associates offers a trusted surveying service at fixed rates that include VAT – and any extras are priced accordingly, so you’ll know exactly what you’re paying from day one.

Choosing the Right Home Survey

We offer two main types of house surveys, both of which vary in detail.

Homebuyer Survey and Valuation

The Homebuyers survey is provided in a compact RICS format and focuses only on urgent or significant matters. It’s known as the ‘economy package’ amongst surveyors – but that’s not to say that it doesn’t provide the buyer with valuable information prior to their purchase. We would recommend choosing to invest in a basic Homebuyer survey and valuation if you are looking to buy a house, flat or bungalow with a fairly standard construction that appears to be in good condition.

Building Survey

A building survey, on the other hand, will provide a full analysis of the property’s construction and condition. It’s especially useful if the property is unconventional, or has been altered or extended in any way. A building survey can be fully customised according to the buyer’s requirements, providing a much more comprehensive insight into the state of the property. It will assess the suitably of the property both as an investment and, of course, as a place to live.
For more information on the range of home surveys on offer, please visit House Surveys. We cover Bristol, Swindon, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cardiff, Newport and a wide variety of locations in South Wales and the South West.
Alternatively, feel free to contact South West Surveys for more information and recommendations.


What is a house survey?

A house survey is a detailed inspection of a property’s condition. A surveyor will inspect the property, and then tell you whether there are any structural problems that need attention, such as unstable walls or subsidence. The survey will also highlight any defects that may affect the property, such as fixing the roof or structure of the chimney, and provide you with any advice on the repairs and maintenance required. We would recommend choosing to invest in a house survey to assess the suitability of the property as an investment and as a place to live. Get in touch with South West Surveys to find out more.

Why would you need a house survey?

A house survey is very important because you need to know where your boundary lines for the house are. The house survey will also reveal any hidden defects that require costly fixes, which could be used to your advantage. The survey could be put to the sellers of the property, which could potentially result in a decreased asking price. Please get in touch with our friendly team if you would like to book your survey today.

What is the difference between a homebuyer survey and a building survey?

A homebuyer survey is usually better for properties that were built within the last 100 years, have a conventional design and is in a reasonable condition. A building survey is ideal for properties that are much older and built more than 100 years ago, have undergo major extension or alteration work and is of a non-traditional construction.

It’s up to you which survey is the right one for your needs, but get in touch with South West Surveys if you require help on which one to choose.