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A property purchase is one of the most significant investment decisions you’re likely to ever make. Given the considerable financial commitment at stake, it’s important to stay well informed every step of the way. A Building Survey will provide you with a detailed report which outlines the structural condition of the property you are about to buy. With all the necessary facts at your disposal, you’ll be empowered to make the right choice when it comes to purchase decisions.

Why Should I Get a Building Survey?

The UK housing market operates under caveat emptor, or “buyer beware”. This means that property sellers are not obliged to disclose any information about defects or ongoing problems with the building or land. Consequently, it is up to the buyer to uncover any potential issues before they sign the contract, or take full responsibility for dealing with them once the sale has gone through.

It’s a common misconception that a mortgage valuation will highlight any defects in the property you are about to buy. To fully understand the condition of any building, it is essential to commission a survey, carried out by a qualified professional. Armed with the survey findings, buyers are able to make an informed decision about whether they are happy to proceed with the purchase, would prefer to re-negotiate with the seller, or whether they want to walk away from the purchase.

What Does a Building Survey Cover?

Our Building Surveys are detailed inspections that not only report on any defects found but also provide suggestions and advice about how to make repairs, when they should be carried out and how much we estimate they will cost. A Building Survey typically investigates:

  • The presence of damp and other ventilation issues
  • Structural movement including subsidence and settlement
  • Inspection of the internal and external roof structure including chimneys
  • The condition of walls, windows and doors (internal and external)
  • Damage to timber, including insect infestations and decay
  • Checking the services and utilities, including sewage, drainage, heating, electrics, gas, oil and the boiler
  • Alterations, conversions and extensions
  • Health and Safety concerns, such as asbestos or lead
  • Grounds, outbuildings and boundary lines
  • Listed Building Consent, Planning Permission and Building Regulation issues
  • Council information and energy efficiency advice

Some buyers mistakenly believe that with newer properties there is no need to have a building survey carried out. However, it’s important to remember that housebuilders are only human, and mistakes can still be made. Just because a property was built more recently doesn’t provide any guarantees of the quality of the construction, so it remains a wise decision to have one of our Modern Home Surveys conducted.

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Client Testimonials

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Based on 21 reviews
Gareth Taylor
Gareth Taylor
Really comprehensive survey and produced quickly, would highly recommend.
Linda Cain
Linda Cain
Very happy with the Home Buyers Report carried out by Alan. We received the 119 page report and photos later the same day. Alan is very professional and is happily available to answer any questions you may have. We have just exchanged contracts and looking forward to moving in soon. We highly recommend Alan and wouldn’t use anyone else!
Abi Browning
Abi Browning
Really professional and efficient. We chose to employ Alan for our building survey and we were impressed with the speed and quality of his report. The advice given was invaluable to support the final decision and our renovation plans. Thanks for all your help Alan!
Mihail Marian
Mihail Marian
Alan carried out a level 3 homebuyers survey on a house we had an offer accepted on. It was very easy to get hold of him and he responded quickly to our emails. The report was very detailed and came very quickly (the same day when the survey was done). As FTB we had a lot of questions and Alan was very helpful answering our questions and explaining the details. Highly recommend!
Chris Barker
Chris Barker
Alan gave a swift and highly detailed survey and I would highly recommend his services.He is approachable and has a great depth of knowledge.
chris dawson
chris dawson
We used Alan for a home buyers survey "twice" !!! as our first purchase fell through at the last minute, nothing was too much trouble, communication before and after and an explanation of the very comprehensive report was superb. Would thoroughly recommend using Alan
Aaron
Aaron
Alan Rance Surveyors carried a full Building Survey on our prospective purchase and we are very pleased with the depth of the report and the level of service provided. Alan is very experienced and personable, and communication is excellent. He was very happy to respond to our follow-up questions, which he did very quickly. Definitely 5 stars. Thanks very much Alan!
Charlotte Rogers
Charlotte Rogers
Really great and communicative surveyor, would definitely recommend Alan.
S B
S B
Alan is brilliant at his job, punctual, reliable and explained the report to me would highly recommend great value for money
Chloe Radford
Chloe Radford
Great service, very trustworthy. Would highly recommend