Full Building Surveys, also known as ‘Structural’ or ‘Level 3’ surveys, are thorough inspections of a property. These surveys not only give you a complete understanding of your home or potential home, they can even save you money. Appreciating a property’s faults and defects and knowing the cost of maintenance and repairs means that you can make an informed decision on how much it is worth. This in turn can allow you to negotiate on a property purchase. If you are a property owner, having a survey before you sell can highlight any problems that may cause a sale to fall through.
Our Oxford-based RICS Chartered Surveyors carry out comprehensive assessments of every accessible part of the property. Our team also includes Structural Engineers and specialist Heritage Surveyors, meaning that we can evaluate any structural issues or period property defects in-house. We have years of expertise in surveying the period properties found in Cotswold towns and villages such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford and Chipping Norton, for example. Your survey report is tailored to your needs and will include detailed descriptions of our findings, with technical insights explained thoroughly and illustrated with photos. The reports also contain in-depth guidance on recommended repairs and maintenance, and the associated costs.
HomeBuyer surveys are recommended by the RICS for properties that have been built recently, are of standard construction and appear to be in good condition. A local RICS Chartered Surveyor will inspect all easily accessible areas of the property to look for visible issues that are serious, dangerous or potentially detrimental to property value. The report follows a set format and will cover the survey findings, along with a brief overview of repairs and maintenance required.
Our building surveyors know the Oxford, Witney, Banbury and Chipping Norton areas inside out. This means that they are able take local factors into account, such as the risk of subsidence associated with the clay soil found in much of this region. Their knowledge of the local property market is invaluable in forming the market valuation and reinstatement cost, which are included with the HomeBuyer report.
Specific Defect surveys are used to investigate particular concerns with a property, rather than the property as a whole. For example, a client may wish to instruct a surveyor to assess timbers for rot or infestation, to ascertain whether a crack is a sign of movement of the foundations, or to review the quality of previous building works, such as a loft conversion. A specific survey goes into the same level of detail as a full survey, but is very focused on the problem in question. The report contains a thorough description of the surveyor’s findings, along with comprehensive guidance on the remedial measures required and the costs associated with them.
Our team provides RICS valuations across the Oxford area. These market valuations follow the standards set out in the RICS Red Book guidance document and meet the criteria for Help to Buy Target valuations and Shared Ownership and Right to Buy valuations. Our Oxford valuations surveyors are RICS registered valuers and are experts in Help to Buy valuations in Oxford, Banbury, Bicester and neighbouring towns. All of our Oxfordshire valuations surveyors are completely independent from any estate agent. The condition, location, size and construction of the property are assessed during a site visit, and three recent comparable sales are identified through research. This information, combined with the surveyor’s local knowledge and expertise, is used to make a valuation based on documented evidence. You will receive a report containing the valuation and a detailed description of the evidence and assumptions used.
Allcott Associates’ structural engineers in Oxford and Oxfordshire have decades of residential structural engineering experience. We produce structural calculations for architects’ designs, load calculations for beam installation, calculations and designs for property extensions and loft conversions, and more. Our structural engineers are also experienced in supporting submissions to building control, and can liaise with building control officers to ensure that the submissions process goes smoothly.