If you’re purchasing a house, you will most likely want the peace of mind that it is a sound purchase and investment free from defect and issue.
A Full Building Survey & Report is a level 3 inspection and ensures that you’re fully aware pre-purchase of all of the defects and issues that exist within the property.
The report ensures that an RICS Qualified Surveyor inspects all facets of the property and then compiles his findings in a comprehensive and thorough report.
Full Building Surveys are the most thorough and comprehensive reports that you can have completed pre purchase.
What Does a Surveyor do during a Full Building Survey Inspection?
The Surveyor’s role will be to comprehensively inspect all parts of the property both externally and internally, leaving no part of the property uninspected.
The Surveyor’s aim will be to identify each and every defect that exists at the property. They will then go on to comment and determine the cause of the defect, thereby presenting the client with objective advice on how to rectify the issue and its severity.
The outcome of the Surveyor’s inspection will be a comprehensive report setting out all of his or her observations and ultimately fully informing the client and property purchaser in advance of the property sale.
Full Building Surveys Costs
Here at Stokemont, we believe that Full Building Survey costs should be transparent and clear. As a guide our prices are as below, in order to obtain a fixed cost, please get in touch with our Surveying team who will be happy to advise.
Full Building Surveys for Houses (Level 3 Survey)
|Up to £500,000:||£700 + VAT|
|£500,000-£750,000:||£750 + VAT|
|£750,000-£1,000,000:||£800 + VAT|
|£1,000,000-£2,000,000:||£850 + VAT|
|£2,000,000 or more:||£900 + VAT|
Typical Full Building Survey Questions
Will the Surveyor inspect both inside and outside of the property?
Yes, the Surveyor’s role will be to determine all issues and defects associated with the property.
This will mean that they need to access and inspect both the internal and external parts of it.
What should I do if the Report identifies defect?
We would advise in speaking with the Surveyor who prepared the Full Building Survey and Report to discuss his or recommendations.
If the defects are low risk and easy to rectify. At this stage, we would advise going back to the seller alerting them to the Surveyor’s findings, and ultimately renegotiating the agreed sale price to take account the repairs needed.
If the defects are of a major concern, it may be appropriate to reconsider proceeding with the sale.
Why do I need a Full Building Survey?
The Full Building Survey and Report will see a qualified and experienced RICS Surveyor visit the property in advance of the exchange and completion taking place.
It’s the most thorough survey you can have undertaken and ensures that you are fully informed on all the defects to the property, enabling you to make a fully informed decision as a purchaser, avoiding any nasty and costly defect surprise once you are the legal owner.
Will the Surveyor be Qualified?
Yes, the Surveyor undertaking the inspection and preparing the report must be a professional RICS member.
All our Surveyors are not only RICS members, but are also members of other leading governing bodies including the CIOB, CABE and CIArb.
Here are some Full Building Surveys we’ve done in the past:
Enfield Road, Enfield, EN2
Stokemont’s Building Surveyors were pleased to assist a client on his pre purchase requirements and complete a Full Building Survey for this semi detached house on Enfield Road, Enfield, EN2. The property hadn’t been modernised for a number of years and revealed some typical 1930’s property defects!
Caffins Close, Crawley, RH10
The Stokemont Building Surveying team were pleased to assist a client on their pre purchase Full Building Survey for this end of terrace house in Caffins Close, Crawley, RH10. With 5 bedrooms, a large garden and having had a double storey extension built, this was a hands on survey!
Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PE4
Stokemont’s Building Surveying team were pleased to assist clients on their pre purchase requirements and complete a Full Building Survey for this semi detached house on Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PE4. The property had been tenanted for a number of years and had a number of defects from; asbestos, to damp, to structural issue. A welcomed challenge for the team!
Our team of Surveyors are not only highly experienced but importantly they are also qualified.
We’re proud to confirm our Surveyors hold membership status and accreditation to some of the world’s leading professional governing bodies including; the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), the Pyramus and Thisbe Club (P&T) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).
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