Surveying a building is something that should be done whenever you buy or sell a property. It is also recommended that you do a building survey to check the condition of your property before carrying out any renovations. If you are not familiar with surveying, it can be tough to navigate the process. This piece will explore some methods for surveying a building and will give an idea of what to expect from professionals.
A visual examination is the most fundamental type of survey that can be carried out. It involves a visual inspection of the inside and outside of the building. This type of survey is often conducted by real estate agents and can be helpful in providing an overview of the condition of the property. However, this survey does not go into detail and may miss potential issues.
A homebuyer's report is a slightly more in-depth survey. Typically carried out by a professional surveyor, it includes a visual examination of the structure, along with a comprehensive report. The report covers issues such as dampness, structural problems and any other risks. This type of survey is usually recommended for properties that are several decades old and in good condition.
A building survey is a comprehensive survey that covers all aspects of the property. It is often recommended for properties that are old or require extensive renovations. This survey is usually conducted by a professional surveyor and provides a detailed report of the building’s condition.
Specialist surveys may be required where there are specific concerns about a property, for example, issues involving subsidence, dampness or asbestos. These specialist surveys will require a professional who is an expert in that particular area.
What to Expect from Professionals:
The surveyor who conducts the survey should provide a detailed report on the findings. This report should outline any issues and provide cost estimates for any repairs that need to be carried out. The report should also provide recommendations on any areas that may need further investigation. Qualified surveyors in the field can identify property issues that may impact its value and provide recommendations for enhancing the building's condition.
Knowing what to expect when surveying a building and what type of survey you need can save you time and money in the long run. A detailed assessment of the building’s condition can identify potential problems that could cost a lot of money to repair if left unresolved.
Contact a building surveyor to learn more.