Working across Cardiff and Newport, our RICS Chartered Building Surveyors are often asked to carry out Full Building Surveys (also referred to as ‘full structural surveys‘ or ‘Level 3 surveys’) for property purchasers in the region. A full building survey is the most comprehensive type of survey and the market. The RICS recommends these surveys for any properties that are large, more than a few decades old, that are unusual in their construction or that you are planning major works to. We think that if you want to get to know the property inside and out, a full/level 3 survey will give you the best understanding of the current state of the house and the potential future problems that might arise. It will also help you budget for repairs and maintenance, and potentially provide evidence that can be used to negotiate on the sale price.
Our Cardiff surveyors have a thorough knowledge of the local area and are experienced in defects common to the region. Covering the cities of Cardiff, Newport, towns such as Caerphilly and Pontypridd, and rural villages like Gwaelod-y-Garth and Michaelston-Y-Fedw, our surveyors have the technical expertise to help any homebuyers in the area.
Our Cardiff team’s RICS Level 2 Home Surveys surveys include a market valuation and reinstatement costs as standard, along with an overview of any defects. The emphasis of the report is on the more urgent and serious issues, but anything that the surveyor sees during their visit will be covered. The reports are not quite as tailored and in-depth as Level 3 Surveys, but will discuss the results of the surveyor’s inspection and provide an overview of the repairs and maintenance that are required, along with information to help you budget for repairs.
Level 2 Home Surveys are usually instructed for homes with a conventional construction that are both in good condition and fairly recently built. If you are looking to buy an older property – particularly one which is listed – a full building survey would be more appropriate. Our friends Cardiff and Newport surveying team are happy to provide advice and recommendations on which survey type is most appropriate for you, along with example reports so that you can make an informed decision.
Our party wall surveyors have decades of experience in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Supporting building owners and adjoining owners across Cardiff and South Wales, we provide professional support and advice to make sure that your building project runs smoothly.
As members of the RICS and the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors, our consultants have the expertise necessary to make sure every step of the party wall process is compliant with the Act, to protect you whether it is you who are making alterations, or your neighbour.