Surveys are a kind of ‘health check’ for buildings. If you’re buying a property, you should have a survey before you enter into a contract.
A survey might actually save you money. If there are serious problems, you can often renegotiate the sale price of the property to reflect the cost of necessary repairs; you might even decide you don’t want to buy it at all.
Your surveyor will report on all the parts of the property they can easily reach. They don’t inspect under carpets or furniture and they don’t test water supply or wiring – though they will comment on their condition.
There are two main types of survey, an RICS HomeBuyers Report (HBR) and a Building Survey.
If you’re about to buy a property, you might have specific worries about the building you’re going to buy. Talk them through with an RICS member who will be happy to discuss your particular concerns in more detail and help you decide which type of survey is right for you.
If you’re interested in making structural changes to a property or you think there might be a damp or rot problem, an RICS member will be able to advise you about this too.
Their report is designed to help you make a more informed decision. Costs vary depending on which type of survey you have and the type of property you are hoping to buy but a HomeBuyers Report or a Building Survey can offer assurance.