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RICS Building Surveys
A RICS building survey is provided by our in-house team of RICS Chartered Surveyors; this building survey is very detailed, and gives a comprehensive report regarding the current condition of the property, the building survey is particularly useful when purchasing a property because:
- All defects to the property will be identified to allow you to budget accordingly.
- The cost to rectify all defects will be included; this therefore allows you room for negotiation on the purchase price of the property.
A Building Survey, which is formally known as a Structural Survey is considered the most thorough property survey available and can take a surveyor several hours to complete. This survey will examine all parts of a property in detail, and if you wish to have any further specific areas looked at, for example the feasibility of adding an extension, then a Building Survey is the right choice.
The Building Survey is suitable for all types of property, including property that is listed, unusual or old. It is also the ideal survey if you wish to perform renovation work to the existing property or whether the property has already had extensions added to it and you want to ascertain their structural soundness.
The main details of the Building Survey will include:
- All major and minor faults found within the property, and the implications that these faults will have.
- How much the repairs for these defects will cost to rectify.
- Testing for dampness of the walls, and results for these tests.
- Testing of all woodwork for damp and woodworm, and the results of these tests.
- Investigation into the condition of damp proofing, insulation and drainage - although the drains will not actually be tested.
- Technical information about how the property was constructed, and all materials which were used in the process.
- Proposals for any further special inspections and subsequent work which may need to be done on the property, due to findings during the survey.
- All our Chartered Building Surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
- Allcott Associates LLP employ both Building Surveyors and Structural Engineers, this means the Building Survey Reports we produce for you are comprehensive and will never need referring back to a Building Surveyor or Structural Engineer for further investigation and at a further cost unless in the unlikely event that opening up of areas is required.
Unlike other firms, we are completely independent and our reports are accepted by all financial institutions and insurance companies.
Please download a sample of a Building Survey report below.