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Building Survey

I use the 'Skyline Building Survey' to provide my clients with the most comprehensive and detailed level three reports currently available in the industry. The Building Survey is recognised by the Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

My Building Survey is classed as a Level Three Home Survey (sometimes referred to as a 'Full Survey' or incorrectly as a 'Structural Survey').

  • It is similar to the RICS Building Survey but includes more information that my clients value

  • The inspection is more involved than for a Home Buyer Survey and the report is more detailed

  • It includes photographs to make it easier to understand and highlights issues to follow up on before purchase.

  • Each element will receive a condition rating of either 1 (Green), 2 (Amber), 3 (Red) or HS Health & Safety (Red)

  • The Building Survey report is presented in plain English, jargon-free and is easy to understand

  • The report will also include information on any defects that are discovered and how to go about getting them fixed.

  • It flags up any legal questions your conveyancer should check for you

  • My Building Survey reports do not include a market valuation or re-building cost for the property

You can download the sample of one of my Building Survey reports here:

The Building Survey report is typically over 100 pages in length and contains sufficient photographs embedded into the report to illustrate the condition of the various elements and highlight defects.

The Building Survey is the most comprehensive pre-purchase condition inspection and report for a residential property. Depending on the size and complexity of the property, the on-site inspection will take anything between 4 and 6 hours to carry out, perhaps more on a larger property. I will inspect and report on the following areas and services:

  • roof coverings, roof space, structural elements, windows etc.

  • building condition and defects

  • structural movement

  • damp, rot, and woodworm

  • heating and electrical services

  • drainage system

  • alterations and additions

Your legal advisers are generally unable to visit a property on your behalf. However, whilst carrying out the Building Survey, I act as their ‘eyes and ears’.

  • I will look at any nearby trees, invasive plants, locations of boundary fences, extensions and alterations to the property and where we suspect a possible legal issue might exist, I will flag this for the attention of your solicitor.

  • This can include clarifying that an extension has the correct building permissions, party wall agreements, permission to access adjoining land to carry out essential maintenance or indeed any other aspect that could prove to be a problem.

  • It is better to be aware of these problems now, before you have committed to buy, instead of finding out once you have moved in, that the extension at the rear was built without proper approvals.

 

The completed report will take up to 5 working days to produce and be emailed to you in PDF file format.

The cost of your Building Survey will vary depending on the property. Please contact me for a free, no obligation quote.

If you are buying a home and would like more information or would like to book your Building Survey, please call me on 07946 307185, email me or fill out of the form below. 

 

Thank you.

A sample Building Survey (level 3 Home Survey)
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