A building survey is a thorough structural evaluation that assesses the integrity of a property. Previously known as a full structural survey, a building survey is one of the most comprehensive kinds of property assessments available to homebuyers. It takes an in-depth look at the condition of the building and identifies any defects.
Suitable for older properties, or those in poor condition, it is usually carried out on houses and not flats or apartments. Building surveys may also be relevant to unusual or larger properties, to provide buyers with a complete picture of the home before they commit to the purchase.
Although it is similar to a homebuyer report, this kind of survey can look beneath floorboards and above ceilings. It is carried out by a property surveyor who will check behind walls and in attics as part of their evaluation. The surveyor can include in the report projected costs and estimated timings for any repairs that are identified. They can also give advice on how to maintain the property.
Following the analysis, you will receive a detailed report of the findings. Along with a list of defects, you will also be given notes on what could happen if you choose not to carry out the recommended repairs. Remember that surveys are there to give you peace of mind and to let you address any problems before moving in.
The extensive report you receive following a building survey is a great way of preventing any unwelcome surprises after you move in. It can stop unnecessary stress by giving you approximate timescales and costings to carry out the repair works and help you prepare.
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