There are three main types of survey that we undertake, a Homebuyer Survey and Valuation (HSV) also known as a "Homebuyer’s Report", a "Major Defects Survey" and a "Building Survey". A Homebuyer Survey and Valuation is to a standard format as set out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It's the most suitable for properties constructed from conventional materials which are in a reasonable condition. It doesn't detail every aspect of the property and only focuses on urgent matters needing attention. It’s not usually suitable for properties in need of renovation, or if you’re planning major alterations. 

The report covers the following areas:

  • The value of the property on the open market.
  • The general condition of the property.
  • Any major faults in accessible parts of the building that may affect the value.
  • Any urgent problems that need inspecting by a specialist before you sign a contract.
  • Results of tests for damp in the walls.
  • Damage to timbers - including wood boring insects and rot.
  • The condition of any damp-proofing, insulation and drainage (where accessible).
  • The estimated cost of rebuilding the property after a fire, for building insurance purposes. 

A Major Defect Survey and a Building Survey are comprehensive inspections of a property. They are suitable for all properties, especially Listed buildings, buildings of any age or that are constructed in an unusual way, properties you plan to renovate or alter in any way or that have had extensive alterations. 

  • The general condition of the property.
  • Technical information on the construction of the property and the materials used.
  • Major and minor defects, what the consequences are and what to do about them.
  • Any urgent problems that need inspecting by a specialist before you sign a contract.
  • Any specified areas that are of particular concern to you.
  • Results of tests for damp in the walls.
  • Damage to timbers - including wood boring insects and rot.
  • The condition of any damp-proofing, insulation and drainage (where accessible).
  • An indication of what possible costs may be involved in repairs although much will depend on the final specification and may require further investigations. 

The difference between the Major Defects Survey and Building Survey is in the information provided within the report. The Major Defects Survey does not include information on the general condition, does not provide description of the general construction and only provides detail on the Major Defects that are likely to affect the value of the property or require significant further inspection or works to remedy. The Major Defect Survey and Building Survey do not include a valuation or a rebuilding cost, but we can provide this separately if you need one.