A survey is a property health check, carried out on behalf of any individual considering the purchase of a property. The inspection will result in a detailed report providing information about the condition of the property and any areas of concern.
When buying property there are three levels of survey to consider.
Many people neglect to commission anything other than a basic valuation when buying a home. However, a property survey, involving a detailed inspection of the property will ensure you are fully aware of its condition before you buy it.
It is the buyer's responsibility to be certain that the building is structurally sound, the vendor has no obligation to declare any faults.
It is important to understand the differences between a valuation and a survey.
The surveyor will inspect and report on parts of the building that are visible and readily accessible and will assess the condition of those parts.
When you receive the survey concentrate on any issues highlighted as urgent or significant.
The Homebuyer's report grades problems in the following way:
When instructing a surveyor, you should ensure they are qualified and a current practicing member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Your estate agents may be able to recommend a surveyor, alternatively Countrywide employs a large number of RICS qualified surveyors based throughout the UK. Our surveyors are experts in their field and have a vast knowledge of all property types.
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