Surveying Services


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 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 non-standard construction, over 150 years old or if you are planning major alterations. For this a Building Survey will usually be recommended.

Semi detached cottage in Saxthorpe.

Wandsworth apartments.


Building surveys, formally known as structural surveys, involve a detailed inspection of buildings, and the preparation of a report that is designed to address the specific needs and interests of the client.

The extent of inspection and the method of reporting will be agreed when the client instructs a surveyor to proceed and will be confirmed in the Conditions of Engagement; including such matters as specialist reports (e.g. focus on services; environmental aspects etc). Guidance and detailed comment will be given on individual defects, cost of repair and any other aspects of concern.

Although a Building Survey is relevant for all types of modern buildings, it is particularly useful and informative for older structures, “Listed Buildings”, and those which have been extended, or are used commercially; for flats and other premises with leasehold title or as a preliminary to preparation of a Schedule of Condition.


At Property Surveying many of our chartered surveyors are registered property valuers. They are able to provide valuations on all types of residential property for a variety of purposes across the UK and can often provide valuations for commercial property as well.  Buildings reinstatement valuations should be carried out for all properties a minumum of every 5 years. We also carry out these individually as well as usually with each building survey undertaken. These are carried out in accordance with the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) “Red Book” or for the client’s appropriate purpose.

Other valuation services we provide include: Matrimonial valuations, Probate valuations, Help to Buy valuations, Commercial valuations and Insurance Rebuild valuations.


Party Wall illustration


Under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, every ‘adjoining owner’ is subject to the provisions of the Act arising as a result of one owner’s intention to carry out works which would affect the party wall, involve the construction of a party wall or boundary wall at (or adjacent to) the line of junction between the two properties or excavation within certain distances of a neighbour’s structure and to a lower depth than its foundations. In a typical domestic property scenario this is usually limited to one or two parties.

Larger commercial developments can encompass many freehold properties and tenanted properties. The notices and recording of condition should always follow the protocol of the Party Wall Acts.  In order to settle such disputes, the surveyor (agreed Surveyor where both parties concur in one person) or surveyors (where each party appoints their own surveyor) will resolve the dispute by making an Award, which is legally binding on both parties, acting to ensure matters are appropriately dealt with as well as for the neighbouring property owners to protect their interests.

Some of the building survey and other property work we provide in England and Wales include:

  • Property Valuations
  • Structural Surveys / Snagging Reports
  • Single Fault Assessment
  • Schedule of Dilapidations
  • Schedule of Condition
  • RICS Home Buyer Survey
  • RICS Full Building Surveys
  • Residential Valuations
  • Property Valuation
  • Building Plans
  • Project Management
  • Probate Property Valuations
  • Pre-Purchase Survey Report
  • Planning Advice
  • Party Wall: Advice, Notices and Awards
  • New Build Assessments
  • Mortgage Valuations
  • Matrimonial Property Valuations
  • Major Elements Surveys
  • Major Defects Reports
  • Land Valuations
  • Land Surveys
  • House Purchase Survey with Valuation
  • House Purchase Survey
  • Expert Witness Reports
  • Drawing Plans
  • Dilapidations Reports
  • Condition Reports
  • Commercial Property Valuations
  • Commercial Property Surveys
  • Building Survey
  • Building Reinstatement Valuations
  • Property Surveys
  • Building Insurance Valuations
  • Building and Land Plans
  • Boundary Disputes and Advice
  • Asbestos Survey
  • Acquisition Advice

If you’re interested in a building or property service in England or Wales that is not listed above, please contact us as it is likely we will be able to help or find you a fellow professional who can help you.

Contact Us

Advice from a local Chartered Surveyors covering England and Wales.

We are Independent Chartered Surveyors covering England and Wales. Our emphasis is in helping clients with both residential survey and commercial property issues. Please telephone the admin team to discuss our services or your property requirements.

Telephone: 0345 387 9387

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