If you're buying a home, a survey gives vital insight into the property's condition and conducts a building survey. But what exactly does the surveyor inspect? As your property experts, Complete Clarity Solicitors provides home buyers with complete clarity on what surveyors look for during different types of house surveys.
A survey identifies issues that could affect property value, require repairs, or indicate safety risks. While not mandated, we strongly recommend a survey and mortgage valuation before purchasing. Read on for a detailed overview of:
Armed with this guide, you'll know what to expect from a survey and what a surveyor will look for to make an informed before buying a new home.
Typical timeframes for arranging a survey include:
Once your offer is accepted, contact RICS chartered surveyors immediately to book your inspection. Reports should be ready before paying your deposit or exchanging contracts.
Knowing typical timescales ensures your survey fits within your completion deadline. The Clarity Simplicity solicitors can connect you with reputable local surveyors.
There are three main survey levels: level 1, level 2, and level 3.
Your conveyancer can advise which survey level suits your property. More complex buildings need deeper inspections.
The surveyor's focus depends on the subsidence and type of survey but generally includes:
Technical details like construction methods and materials help predict maintenance needs and when they inspect the property. Homebuyer surveys also estimate the costs of repairs. Structural surveys provide comprehensive technical specifications.
While thorough, surveys have limitations:
Additional specialist reports may be advisable if issues like electrics specifically concern you. We can arrange these tailored inspections.
For new builds, a snagging inspection identifies incomplete work for the developer to address. New builds should also come with a 10-year structural warranty.
Your legal conveyancer undertakes separate searches covering wider property matters like planning restrictions. Speak to them about the limitations of what the survey covers.
As your property partner, Clarity Simplicity has strong relationships with fully certified chartered surveyors. We recommend reputable professionals to ensure you get quality inspections. Buying a home is a big commitment - but the right survey gives you knowledge and confidence. Our team has extensive experience advising clients on surveys suited to all property types. Contact us today to discuss your needs.