What is a  property survey? 

What is a property survey? 

A house survey is an expert inspection of a property's condition, and identifies any problems to a prospective buyer. It's completed by a surveyor who visits the property, carries out an inspection and prepares a report outlining any problems they've found. 
Homebuyers generally have a survey done on a property after their offer has been accepted by the seller. 

Do I need a survey? 

Do I need a survey? 

20% of buyers get a professional survey prior to purchasing their new home. Which means 80% of buyers are taking a big risk. There is a misconception that they are costly and not worth the effort. But requesting a survey can also mean avoiding lofty expenses and stress down the line. According to The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), many buyers are unknowingly setting themselves up for an average £5,750 in repair bills on their new purchase! 
So learn your property’s secrets. Some unpredictable problems such as rot, subsidence, and structural defects are hidden to the inexperienced eye and only apparent to a professionally qualified chartered surveyor. So to avoid a property with walls on the verge of collapse, or that’s built on a floodplain, and to be informed about upcoming repairs to the chimney chutes, extensive rewiring, or the type of glaze you’ll need, requesting a survey is a smart move. 
Do surveyors work on behalf of both a buyer and a lender? This is a frequent misunderstanding of potential buyers, and the answer is no! A Mortgage Valuation is conducted for the lender alone, and you need a more detailed report to protect your interests. 

Choosing right 

Choosing right 

GOTO Surveys will advise you on the most suitable survey for the property you are purchasing. 
There are typically two types of survey; a homebuyer report and a building survey. We will look at the property online initially and advise you which report will be most suitable for you. We will then arrange for the surveyor to go to the property and undertake the appropriate survey.. 

Which survey is right for me? 

Which survey is right for me? 

A mortgage valuation is a report undertaken on behalf of the lender. Therefore it is important for a more detailed report to be carried out which will inform you of the condition of the property. 
There may be defects in the property that could cost you a lot of money to put right so it is important to have a RICS HomeBuyers Report or Building Survey. 
WHICH SURVEY IS RIGHT FOR ME? 
HOMEBUYERS REPORT 
BUILDINGS SURVEY 
For those purchasing regular properties 
Yes 
 
For those purchasing older properties 
 
Yes 
For those purchasing large properties 
 
Yes 
Inspection report 
Yes 
Yes 
Traffic light rating – indicating the property’s condition 
Yes 
Yes 
Notification of property parts needing urgent attention 
Yes 
Yes 
Advice for conveyancers 
Yes 
Yes 
Advice on repairs and on-going maintenance 
Yes 
Yes 
Key risks report 
Yes 
Yes 
Advice on issues affecting the property value 
Yes 
Yes 
Insurance reinstatement cost 
Yes 
 
Detailed inspection 
 
Yes 
Comprehensive structural report 
 
Yes 
Description of defects 
 
Yes 
Outline of potential problems 
 
Yes 
Professional advice on repair options 
 
Yes 

Arrange your  survey now 

Arrange your survey now 

You can book your survey any day of the week from one of over 350 RICS Surveyors. 
To arrange your Home Buyer Report or Building Survey simply click on the button below and complete GOTo's surveys form. 
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