If you’re awaiting a house survey, you may be wondering if there’s anything, in particular, you should do to prepare. It can be a little nerve-wracking having new people in your home, especially if they’re going to be looking at it in fine detail!
To put your mind at rest, we’ve put together a house survey checklist of the 10 top things you can do to make the survey as quick and simple as possible.
1. Book a survey that’s best for the property
People choose to get house surveys for many reasons, including when moving home. If you’re wondering who organises a survey when buying a house, usually it’s the buyer.
If you’re the one booking the house survey, it’s worth understanding that there are different levels of survey available. Choose the one that’s right for your property to avoid overspending/unnecessary upheaval.
At Trinity Rose, choose from:
- Level 1: RICS Home Condition Report
- Level 2: Homebuyers Report (Home Condition Survey with or without valuation)
- Level 3: Building Survey (commonly called a Structural Survey)
- Snagging Survey
- Limited Defect Survey
2. Gather necessary documents
Anything that can cut down admin. and make the surveying process quick and simple is great for everyone involved. Track down the following documents ahead of time:
- Planning Permission Notice
- Energy Performance Certificate
- Electrical Test Certificate
- Gas Safety Certificate
- Building Regulation Completion Certificate
3. Make sure the property is empty with just one or two people in the house
The building surveyor wants to be as efficient as possible, and people are distracting! Try to just leave one or two at home to answer questions/show the surveyor around.
4. Clean and declutter
When people are nervous about house survey procedure, getting the house tidy is often what they’re worried about. Rest assured that the surveyor is not there to judge you on how well your bed is made or whether you’ve done the washing up!
However, if your clutter is restricting access to areas of the home, it’s helpful to clear a path. Also, giving the place a good clean can add a surprising amount of value to the property if you’re also getting a valuation.
5. Clean and clear your window sills
Aside from letting in extra daylight and making the property feel more spacious, clearing windowsills is a great idea in the run up to a house survey. Windowsills are a common area for superficial damp and mould to build up. Wipe this away and the surveyor may never know it existed.
6. Fix minor defects
If you’re able to, get ahead of the game and take care of a little DIY before the surveyor’s visit. Removing mould, fixing cracked tiles, addressing hairline cracks and sorting leaky taps are all simple fixes and really improve the overall impression of your home. Do what you can to make your survey report glow!
7. Inspect the outside of the property
Have a look at external walls and the roof. Are there cracks or missing tiles that could be of concern? If so, you may want to address the issues before your survey, although these usually require a little more work than DIY.
8. Check electricals
It’s likely that your surveyor will check your electricals so, get ahead of the game and check any plugs and lights to ensure they’re in safe, working condition.
9. Move furniture from walls
Large furniture can hide all sorts of problems including damp, cracks, and infestations. Your surveyor will want to check behind sofas, beds and other large pieces of furniture and it’s helpful if it’s been moved away from the walls. This can shorten the time the survey takes (and you also get the chance to have a quick dust/get rid of any mould before the surveyor arrives!).
10. Create easy access to the attic
Finally, even if you rarely visit the attic, your surveyor will want to have a look. Making sure they can get up there easily can save a lot of hassle when the time comes.
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Hopefully, this house survey checklist has given you some ideas of things you can do to prepare for your survey. The best rule of thumb is to look around the house with fresh eyes: can you access everywhere easily? Are there any small defects you could take care of?
It’s natural to be a little nervous about house survey procedure but remember that the surveyor is a professional and they’ve seen it all before! Their priority is compiling an accurate report and anything you can do to make it as easy as possible is a huge help.
If you’ve got any questions about house surveys, which one to choose or if you’re ready to book, please get in touch. Our team of professionals will be happy to help.