WHAT DOES A BUILDING SURVEY INVOLVE?

A building survey is a thorough inspection that investigates the condition of a property. The surveyor will inspect the visible and accessible parts of the building, including inside the cupboards. A building survey report is a very detailed report and includes expert advice on how to address the matters mentioned in the report. The surveyor will check if any damp or hazardous materials are present as well as assess the timber and roof conditions.

Whilst a building survey or homebuyer report is the most in-depth property report survey that’s carried out, there are other less detailed options. These include a condition report, which is the most basic level of property survey that can be carried out, and a homebuyer report, which looks for more serious structural problems but still isn’t as detailed as a building survey. If you’re not sure which of these property surveys to choose, talk to our team who will be happy to advise you.

 

WHEN SHOULD A BUILDING SURVEY BE CARRIED OUT?

Ideally, you should a book a building survey or homebuyer report in Essex once you have made an offer on a property, and it gets accepted. Whilst it’s possible to arrange a survey before you have made an offer, it’s usually better to wait. Any offer you make on a property isn’t legally binding until you’ve exchanged contracts with the seller and paid the deposit. The survey will identify any structural problems or defects and it’s generally understood by everyone involved that any offer made before the survey is carried out is subject to change should any costly issues be found.

The seller may offer to rectify any issues before the sale rather than reduce the price of the property. Since your offer to buy the property is legally binding once contracts have been exchanged, it’s important to survey before the exchange takes place.

Our Team

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LAURENCE COX

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DAVID BRANDAJS

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DEREK RONA

ELLEN MORRIS

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"We are grateful to Mr David Plaskow of Hair & Son, who negotiated the premium for our leasehold extension down to about half the original offer. We are very happy with the highly professional valuation and leasehold negotiation service we received from Hair & Son, and recommend them to anyone in a similar situation"

- Simon Mayers and Fiona Hayes

WHY CHOOSE HAIR & SON FOR BUILDING SURVEYING IN ESSEX?

Many people choose Hair & Son when they need building surveys in Essex. Our surveyors not only have a wealth of knowledge and expertise and therefore know what problems to look out for when surveying your property, but they know the local area and have experience with local properties.

Fully trained in assessing the physical condition of a property and identifying possible problems, our surveyors can provide you with all the information you need via a written report of their findings and recommendations.