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Where We Begin

Purchasing a property can be one of the biggest investments you make. That is why it is important to get independent and expert advice for a clear understanding of the property you are buying.

Our range of professional surveys will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision and avoid costly surprises down the line. We present our findings in a clear, easy to read report and will be on hand for any further explanation and advice.

The RICS Building Survey is the most comprehensive report available to residential purchasers, structured to provide you with a detailed understanding of the true condition of the property.

The external inspection examines the chimney pots, roof cover, gutters, downpipes, soffits and fascias, windows and all other visible relevant elements to the property. Our surveyor will also look for evidence of settlement or subsidence on external walls, identify a damp proof course and report on any drainage problems.

The internal loft inspection includes an examination of the structure of the roof, insulation, any water installation and chimney stacks.

Inside the property, our surveyor inspects timbers, plumbing, electrics and heating as well as the underside of the ceilings and internal walls for any signs of roof spread, settlement or subsidence. A damp test is carried out on ground floor areas to give an indication of whether subfloor timbers are at risk from dry or wet rot problems. All bathrooms, kitchens and utility areas are also thoroughly examined during the inspection.

The survey details both major and minor faults with the property and gives recommendations on any maintenance that may be needed, thus avoiding any nasty future surprises.

We also provide specialist advice on what your solicitor should check during the conveyancing stage.

Our findings and recommendations will be highlighted within the report and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Q. When should I choose a RICS Building Survey rather than a RICS Homebuyer Report?

  • If the property was built before the 1940’s
  • If the property has been extended or altered
  • If the property is in poor condition
  • If you are planning to extend or alter the property

The RICS Homebuyer Report is the most cost effective way to minimise the risk of future costly work when making your property purchase.

The report is a comprehensive analysis of the property that identifies any urgent or significant defects and makes recommendations to rectify them.

Our surveyor will also look at problems that may affect the current and future resale value of the property.

As well as inspecting the property inside and out, the report provides essential information on the services and the site, including the location and the amenities surrounding the property.

Furthermore, the RICS Homebuyer Report also includes a re-instatement valuation (the demolition and rebuilding cost of the property).

On completion of the report, our findings and recommendations will be highlighted and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Q. When should I choose a RICS Homebuyer Report rather than a RICS Building Survey?

  • If the property was built after the 1940’s
  • If the property has not been extended or altered
  • If the property appears to be in a good condition
  • If you are not planning to extend or alter the property

If you are purchasing a commercial property, we would recommend a Commercial Building Survey.

This survey is as comprehensive and professional as our RICS surveys for residential properties and provides the most detailed single analysis of a commercial building.

Our surveyors carry out a thorough inspection of the property internally and externally, including an analysis of the site included in the demise to be purchased or let. The survey will also identify any areas of the property that will require regular or ongoing maintenance.

We are specialists in Commercial Building Surveys with in-depth experience in surveying offices, industrial, retail and leisure properties.

Our findings and recommendations will be highlighted within the report and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

We specialise in providing Schedules of Condition & Dilapidations for landlords and tenants.

Schedules of Condition:

If you are a commercial tenant looking to sign a Full Repairing and Insuring Lease, we would recommend a Schedule of Condition. Without this, you could leave yourself open to a large Schedule of Dilapidations claim, making you liable for repairs or maintenance that were needed prior to the lease being signed.

A photographic Schedule of Condition is an independent report that examines and details any defects to the property or demise before the lease is signed.

The schedule can then be attached to the lease and used as clear evidence of the property’s original condition.

Schedules of Dilapidations:

If you are a commercial landlord looking to serve a Schedule of Dilapidations, we can prepare interim and final schedules.

The schedule is presented by way of a report, including a Scott’s Schedule. The Scott’s Schedule will identify the covenant of the lease that each section relates to, the complained breach, the remedial work required and the associated costs.

If required, we can also meet with your tenant’s surveyor on site to clarify the work needed and act on your behalf through the process.

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