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We are highly skilled in undertaking Surveys and Valuations of all kinds of residential property, from the smallest studio apartment to large individual properties, including Listed Buildings.  Every purchaser needs to know the true condition of the property they are intending to buy in order that they can make an informed decision prior to committing to purchase.

If you require a mortgage, the Lender will instruct a surveyor to inspect the property to provide a Valuation, but you must be aware that this is not a survey or report on the condition. This Inspection is simply to enable the Lender to assess the suitability and value of the property for lending purposes. In some cases, the Lender’s surveyor may carry out only a “drive past” inspection or may not even visit the property and will simply conduct a desktop exercise. This should not be relied upon when considering a six-figure financial investment. Not all major structural issues can be seen from the kerbside or indeed, Google Earth.

We recommend that a Survey be undertaken and the results can then be considered before entering into a contractual agreement. If the Survey highlights significant defects or problems with the property, you are then in a position to possibly re-negotiate the purchase price or, if the property gets a clean bill of health, it will provide reassurance that your proposed investment is safe.

When you are considering a survey, there are the following levels of inspection which should be considered:

Level 1 RICS Condition Report

This service is designed for clients (buyers, sellers and owners) seeking a professional and objective report on the condition of the property at an economic price. As a result, it is less comprehensive than survey level two and survey level three.

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Level 2 RICS Homebuyer Report (with or without Valuation)

This intermediate-level includes a more extensive visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds, but still without tests. Concealed areas normally open or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (i.e. roof spaces, basements and cellars).

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Level 3 Full Building Survey

This is our most detailed Survey Report and is delivered according to the Home Survey Standard (1st edition) RICS professional statement and is equivalent to Level 3. The service consists of a detailed visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds and is more extensive than a Level 2 survey.

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