RICS Full Building Surveys (also referred to as ‘full structural surveys‘) are the industry’s gold standard. They allow you to get a complete understanding of a property, so that you can be sure that you know what you are buying and, crucially, how much you would be willing to pay for it. A Full Building Survey from our Birmingham Chartered Surveyors will provide a comprehensive assessment of all aspects of the building’s condition. In addition, the in-house structural engineers in our team are able to expertly assess any structural issues, meaning that your report will include detailed technical advice where relevant. Our survey reports are some of the most detailed in the industry, and are written in straightforward language with photos throughout.
Our Birmingham surveyors are armed with the local knowledge needed to expertly assess your property. Common issues in the West Midlands area, such as sulphate attack damage to concrete, or structural movement resulting from past war damage, will be carefully assessed. The Full Building Survey is completely tailored to your needs, and your local surveyor will be on hand to talk through their findings.
Industry guidelines recommend HomeBuyer surveys for properties with a standard build type that are in good condition and have been built fairly recently. Our Birmingham surveyors follow the HomeBuyer survey format, providing straightforward reports that highlight any serious issues and problems that might affect the property price.
The reports are less detailed than full surveys and not as in depth, but will discuss the results of the surveyor’s inspection and provide an overview of the repairs and maintenance that are required.
Our Birmingham team will also include reinstatement costs and estimated market value of the property.
A Specific Defect Survey is designed to thoroughly investigate a specific property concern, such as cracking, roof defects, rot or sulfate attack. Our expert Birmingham surveyors, with support from our in-house Structural Engineers, will provide a comprehensive assessment of the issue in question and specialist guidance on anything that needs to be done to rectify the problem. Costs for repairs will also be included in your report. These surveys are ideal if you believe that the majority of the building is in good condition, but you are worried about one particular aspect.
Local knowledge is vital for an accurate valuation. Our Birmingham RICS Certified Surveyors and Valuers will assess your property using the RICS ‘Red Book’ criteria. Valuations are based on a technical assessment of the construction and condition of the property combined with the surveyor’s experience of the property market in the local area. Our Midlands valuations surveyors conduct Help to Buy valuations across the region, including Birmingham centre, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Cannock, Nuneaton, Redditch and Worcester. Our registered valuers also carry out valuation surveys for Shared Ownership and Right to Buy purposes.
Our Birmingham- and West Midlands-based structural engineers are IStructE chartered, meaning that they uphold the high standards of their professional institution. Whether you are looking for beam design and calculations, or a structural engineer to review your plans for a wall removal or extension, our experienced domestic structural engineers can help. We can support you through the entire structural alterations process, from concept through to building control submission and project completion.