Building Surveys across England, Scotland & Wales
What is a building survey?
A building survey from Heritage & Design Ltd, previously known as a 'full building survey' or 'full structural survey', is a detailed examination of the fabric of the property to assess and record its current condition.
Our building survey is the most comprehensive and complete survey we know of. Whether you are buying a flat or a country house, we will inspect every accessible part of your property fully, inside and out, we will crawl around the roofspace and below floors. We will describe in great detail every element from the roof and chimneys to the ground levels and drainage, report on the condition of the property, identify any defects, fully explain their causes and make recommendations for their repair or remedy.
We take full responsibility for the survey and will never diagnose rising damp or recommend you get another survey from a so-called specialist as many companies do.
We carry a full set of surveying equipment, including long lens cameras, binoculars, mirrors on extendable poles, damp meters, ladders, electrical testers and a full tool set. This ensures that we don’t miss a thing and can get to the source of any defect we identify.
Not all building survey reports are the same as you may already have found out. The age and method of construction are vital to identify as repairs differ from traditional to non-traditional to early cavity and modern cavity construction, each having different characteristics and requiring different approached and remedies.
A Home Report in Scotland is an extremely brief snapshot of the condition of the property but without an examination beyond what is immediately visible. These surveys can typically be completed in under an hour and can cost between £600 and £1,200 or more plus VAT.
Some companies offer Home Report surveys for as little as £199 and I have found they are probably just as (un)informative as the more expensive ones.
Our reports can take up to two days to write after reviewing detailed site notes and the hundreds of photographs.
Our comprehensive building surveys start from as little as £695 and defect (or dampness) surveys from £395 and are available now throughout South Wales, the Southwest, London and all points in-between.
The survey reports that are produced are anywhere between 12 pages for a dampness report to over 20 or more pages long for a building survey report, depending on the type of property and complexity, with a depth of information which is provided no-where else that we know of.
It evidences the presence of any defects as well as providing sufficient detail and recommendations for their repair.
What you can expect from a large company:
When I was in training, and before I obtained my qualification, I was regularly sent to carry out surveys without a full understanding of what I was examining or what to do about it.
When I suggested that I give an opinion on the matter at hand, I was told to pass on any liability by recommending some other so-called specialist. I didn't spend 4 years of my life studying building surveying to do that.
I also found out, much to the concern of my manager at the time, that while I was being paid as a student, I was being charged out to clients as a qualified building surveyor at £75ph and that was over 16 years ago. I don't even charge that much now.
So you do, in this case, get what you pay for.
4 out of 5 buyers don't instruct a survey....... Which allows damp companies to tell you anything they like. (Opens a link to www.thisismoney.co.uk)