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House Surveys: Which One Do I Need?

January 25, 2020

As your home is probably going to be the biggest and most important purchase you’ll ever make in your life, it’s worth paying for a property survey to ensure that the building is structurally intact and doesn’t have any defects, and to discover the extent of repair work if required.

What is a house survey and why is it important?

A house survey is an inspection of a property’s condition. There are various different types of house surveys, each with their own benefits. It’s worth noting that the more extensive a survey is, the easier it will be for you to find out everything that you need to know about the property you are interested in purchasing. The survey will detail any defects and help to form a plan for remedial work. The survey information could also be used for you to potentially negotiate a lower purchase price, and will also be useful for insurance purposes.

Whilst it’s not a legal requirement, we cannot stress enough the importance of a house survey – especially if you are interested in purchasing a property that has unusual structural features such as a thatched roof, timber frames or is just a very old building.

What are the different types of house survey?

There are two main types of house surveys, both of which vary in detail: a homebuyer survey and valuation and a building survey.

Homebuyer survey and valuation

A homebuyer survey is provided in a compact RICS format, focusing on the urgent and significant matters. The survey information will provide potential buyers with valuable information prior to purchasing – just in case there are any faults in the structure which need to be addressed. A homebuyer survey and valuation is recommended if you’re looking to purchase a house, flat or bungalow which a seemingly standard construction which appears to be in good condition.

Building survey

A building survey provides a full analysis of the property’s construction and condition, and is especially useful for surveying unconventional properties or those that have been altered or extended in any way. Building surveys are especially useful as they can be fully customised depending on the buyer’s requirements, thus providing a much more comprehensive insight overall.

How do you get a house survey?

A house survey will need to be completed by an experienced RICS Chartered Surveyor – which is us! Get in touch with the team today to find out the various home surveys and reports we can provide you with in the South West.



What is a house survey?

A house survey is a detailed inspection of a property’s condition, conducted by a surveyor who will asses the property and tell you whether there are any structural problems that need any immediate attention, such as unstable walls or subsidence.

A house survey report will also outline any defects that may affect the property, such as the roof structure, and provide the potential buyer with any advice on the repairs and maintenance required.

It’s not a legal requirement to have a home buyers survey on a property you are interested in buying, but it’s a good idea to have one if you’re looking to buy a home that has an unusual structure features, such as thatched roofs, timber frames, is listed or is just a very old building.

The price of a house survey varies, depending on which form of report you require and how much detail is required. Compared to the price of possible repair work needed, the important information a house survey provides significantly outweighs the cost.

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