Buy-to-Let surveys are a new type of survey, designed to give landlords and investors a clear understanding of the property they are intending to buy. They involve a thorough investigation of the property’s condition, identifying items that may impact potential tenants so you are aware of where any problems are and where issues may occur in the future. The aim of the Buy-to-Let survey is to help you make an informed decision about proceeding with the sale by considering the potential repair costs on top of the property’s asking price.

What Does a Buy-to-Let Survey Include?

Buy-to-let surveys involve a thorough inspection of the property in order to identify any structural, legal or safety issues (in accordance with the Health and Safety Items in the HHSRS) that you should be aware of prior to purchase. In terms of the physical condition of the property, it will cover:

  • The condition of windows and doors
  • The integrity of any alterations to the original building (conversions, extensions layout changes etc.)
  • Internal roof inspection
  • Assessment of any ventilation issues
  • Inspection of the external roof, gutters, chimney and upper walls
  • Subsidence and structural movement assessment
  • Damp assessment
  • Timber decay and damage
  • Indications of wood-boring beetle infestation (“woodworm”)
  • Drainage check (mains, septic tanks, private cesspits)
  • Inspection of the property’s associated services – heating, electrics, boiler etc.

In addition, your report will include an investigation of the property’s grounds and boundaries, advice relating to the EPC (Energy Performance Certificate), and any relevant legal information from Planning and Building Control, the local Council or the Listed Building register.

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Gareth Taylor
Gareth Taylor
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Really comprehensive survey and produced quickly, would highly recommend.
Linda Cain
Linda Cain
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Really great and communicative surveyor, would definitely recommend Alan.
S B
S B
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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
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Great service, very trustworthy. Would highly recommend