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Surveys:

In the UK there are traditionally three types of survey -a valuation, a homebuyers report or a structural survey.
 
The valuation is simply that -an estimate of the value of a property, which is usually carried out for the lender. A homebuyers report is a more extensive survey carried out for the prospective purchaser and is largely a visual survey of condition of the property. The structural survey is a more detailed report that may involve opening up or other investigation to determine the condition of the property.
 
There are other specialist reports too, such as damp and timber infestation -these would generally be applicable to older properties.
 
If you are looking to find a Party Wall Surveyor, then there is information on our Party Walls page.

Surveying information:

  • Eco Survey -from Anderson Goddard who carry out energy efficiency surveys and SAP assessments in Manchester.
  • Environment Agency -flood mapping assessment by postcode -see how sea level rises might affect your property?
  • Construction Industry Council -useful definitions of inspections and surveys of buildings from the CIC (PDF format).
  • Land Registry website of the UK Land Registry who hold information on the ownership of UK property.
  • New Build Inspections -provides professional new home snagging inspections throughout the UK.
  • RICS -Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
  • Shelter -a frank guide to surveys and homebuyers reports.
  • Soil Survey and Land Research Centre, SSLRC -the leading independent organisation on soil resources in the UK

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