Home Surveys

Why do I need a building survey when buying a house?

The valuation survey carried out on a house by your mortgage company/lender is simply to value the property to satisfy the bank/lender that the house is worth the proposed purchase price; this is not an inspection of the building to determine if the house is sound structured and free from defects. Fairhurst Estates will carry out a full inspection of the building to report on its condition, any defects present, the cause of defects and recommend remedial works, prior to you purchasing the property.

 

Surveyors in Manchester and Cheshire

Fairhurst Estates are independent and not linked to any banks, lenders, estate agents or solicitors. We investigate thoroughly and report on any defects that are revealed. We are always happy to discuss the content of the report following the inspection, and advise on remedial works and maintenance required.

The RICS Condition Report is known as the level one report, which is a concise description of the property, including colour coded condition ratings for each element of the property. The Condition Report does not include a market valuation, a reinstatement cost or an additional diagnosis of defects. Nor does it offer advice or recommendations for remedying present defects.

This report is a concise, descriptive report suitable for smaller and newer properties. It clearly colour codes property defects which may need attention. It also acts as a valuable MOT for homeowners looking to assess the condition of their property.

To summarise, this report includes the following information:

  • a concise description of the condition of each element of the property
  • colour-coded condition ratings
  • a summary of condition ratings and defects of the property

This report excludes the following:

  • a market valuation
  • reinstatement cost
  • diagnosis of defects, or any additional advice on repairs and maintenance
The RICS HomeBuyer Report is written in a jargon-free and understandable way and features energy performance ratings and colour-coded condition ratings. It also contains a valuation and provides advice on maintenance of the property, and the steps to be taken before exchange of contracts.

This report is the most popular report for buyers and is an economic but detailed report which is suitable for the majority of residential properties, which clearly presents all findings in an easy to read format.

To summarise, this report includes the following information:

  • a description of the condition of each element of the property
  • colour-coded condition ratings
  • comment on defects, and additional advice on repairs and maintenance
  • an overall opinion and summary of condition ratings

This report excludes the following:

  • cost estimates for repairs
  • any detailed description of the construction of the building or detailed advice on specific defects
  • a market valuation or a reinstatement cost assessment (however this can be provided by Fairhurst Estates as a separate service)
The RICS Building Survey is a full building survey of the property including, a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws. It gives an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity, advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions. This building survey report does not include a market valuation, however, our Estates Surveyors can provide this as a separate service.

This report is a comprehensive, tailored report, including a survey of visible and potential problems of the structure and other components of the building and grounds, which is designed for large, older or unique properties, and for those in an obvious state of disrepair.

To summarise, this report includes the following information:

  • a diagnosis of defects, and detailed advice on repairs and maintenance
  • a full description of the condition and construction of each element of the property
  • a section on energy efficiency
  • colour-coded condition ratings
  • an overall assessment, including an overall opinion and a summary of condition ratings, repairs and suggested further investigations

This report excludes the following:

  • a market valuation or a reinstatement cost assessment (however this can be provided by Fairhurst Estates as a separate service)

Typical Questions Asked

What do each of the surveys / reports include?
A fully detailed explanation is included on our website, which explains what is and what is not included in each survey report.
How long will the survey take?
The time it takes will depend on the size, type, construction, and location of the house, therefore this will be advised when the fee proposal is quoted.
How long before I receive the report?
The above applies again, however, we usually turn all reports around within 2 weeks from the inspection.
How much do the surveys cost?
We will provide a fee proposal for the most suitable survey for the house, and advise on the best survey depending on the house type, age, and construction, once we have all the information we need.
Will areas of the house will the surveyor need to access?
We will need access to all areas of the house including the loft, basement, detached garages and outbuildings (if applicable), gardens and land.
Do I need to meet the surveyor at the property and be present during the inspection?
No, we will arrange access to the property via the estate agent who is marketing / selling the property.

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Contact our Home Surveys department to enquire about any of the above RICS Home Survey Reports, we are happy to discuss further and help to recommend the most suitable report for your needs; whether it be a report for buying, selling or renting a residential property of any age, type, size, and location.