Building Surveys York, Harrogate and Yorkshire
Find out about the different types of building surveys available, why you need one and contact us to find out what they are likely to cost.
There are many reasons for wanting a property surveyed, and many types of building surveys
Types of Building Surveys
Here are some of the surveys we offer
Acquisition – when you are considering acquiring an interest in the property, whether freehold or leasehold you really need to know what condition it is in and what resources will be required for repairs and maintenance
Disposal – when you are considering divesting yourself of a property it is particularly useful to know it’s condition avoid being disadvantaged by a would-be purchaser with greater knowledge (or bluffing)
Defect – when there is an identified problem we can assess the cause and propose solutions
Maintenance – we can assess the current condition of a single property or a portfolio of multiple properties to determine the resource required to achieve and maintain a chosen standard
Dilapidations – A Schedule of Dilapidations on behalf the landlord is based on an assessment of the condition of the property. Similarly, a tenant requires the same condition information. For more details, see Our Dedicated Dilapidations Section
The Scope of Building Surveys
Some clients know exactly what they need; others are not so sure.
“How much is a building survey?” Is possibly not the best opening question. Better to set out what your aims are and discuss them with an experienced professional Building Surveyor. Brief can then be developed to a point where you are happy with the scope and confidence that it can be delivered. Then the question “how much is a building survey?” Can be given a meaningful answer.
And few tips:
- It is very beneficial to speak to the surveyor who will actually do the job, both before and after the survey. The service shouldn’t stop with the delivery of the report.
- Provide as much information upfront as you can, if possible saying whether you consider it accurate or perhaps you are not sure.
- Agree timescales.
- Think of the job as a partnership with the surveyor and yourself. The more you put in, the more you get out.
- Agree to be notified of anything catastrophic noted during the survey. If the clear message is “don’t touch it with a bargepole” you are better hearing it sooner rather than later.
- Consider value for the service and not just cost
- Agree the presentation of the report. You should always have annotated photographs. You should always be able to have the report in both hard copy and electronic format.