What is a House Purchase Survey?
House Purchase Survey
The House Purchase Survey takes parts of the old Homebuyer Survey and Valuation Report and updates it with some features from the Building Survey.
The survey includes as standard digital photographs to better show you certain defects and exploded diagrams to help you understand how the parts of the building fit together.
The report is designed to assist a buyer of a residential property to make a reasoned and informed judgment on whether to proceed with a purchase. Its purpose is to report on matters of a significant nature that affect the property's value. It is a surface examination rather than "invasive" i.e. the surveyor does not lift floorboards or similar.
A House Purchase Survey is not usually suitable for properties in need of renovation, of unusual construction, over 150 years old or if you are planning major alterations. For this a Building Survey will usually be recommended.
This page, and those under the links to the left, is for those who are unfamiliar with obtaining property surveys and who would like a greater general understanding before they telephone or contact the appropriate Chartered Surveyor closest to the subject property.
Many people do not wish to read long explanations. In which case, telephone the Chartered Surveyor where you need a survey or advice and he or she will be happy to discuss and explain the options to you. You will then be able to discuss the most appropriate course of action and make a fully considered decision.
Sometimes the most appropriate kind of inspection can vary for different people, as well as for different properties, meaning personal advice from an experienced professional is often the only way to really ascertain what you need.
Virtually all Chartered Surveyors will adapt and carry out an individual building inspection to suit your individual needs. A bespoke service or an extra to a typical survey format should enable all the requirements of a client to be addressed.
There are a number of other types of building assessment possible, each found on the links to the left. To select the most appropriate service, we are, as aforementioned, of the opinion that the most appropriate course of action is to speak to the Chartered Surveyor who knows the area well and can discuss your individual requirements.
Please remember that Chartered Surveyors are often onsite and therefore uncontactable even with mobile phones. If you telephone and get an answerphone, please leave a message, or e mail the surveyor, and he or she really will call you back as soon as is possible.
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