Residential Surveying Services

What type of survey do I need?

When you buy a property, you’ll have a checklist of admin to get through. It’s likely to include meeting financial advisers, contacting mortgage lenders, researching the local area and somewhere in the list will be ‘book house survey’. However, knowing exactly which survey to book can prove a challenge.

At Trinity Rose, our Chartered Surveyors specialise in residential house surveys and offer a choice to our clients. We’ve put together a guide to help you find the most appropriate survey for your property. So, you can tick that task off your checklist and get one step closer to completing.

Do I need a house survey?

You don’t legally need to arrange a house survey when buying a house, but it’s an extremely good idea. Even the newest, apparently flawless home can have issues. For an older property, finding out if there is damp, woodworm, old wiring, asbestos, structural problems or a number of other issues before you’ve committed to purchase puts you in a strong position.

With the information from a survey, you can ask the vendor to make repairs or negotiate on price before you move in. The alternative is potentially finding out about issues after it’s too late, being stuck with a problematic property and sorting issues at your own expense.

What are the different survey options?  

Of course, not all properties will have problems and new builds, for example, are very unlikely to have serious issues. That’s why we offer a range of surveys suitable for different kinds of properties.

Generally speaking, the more involved the survey, the more it will cost but any survey you choose will be a mere fraction of the property’s value and worth every penny for your peace of mind.

The different surveys offered by Trinity Rose include:

Level 1: RICS Home Condition Report

A RICS Home Condition Report is perfect for conventional and newer properties. It’s a basic survey which looks at the property’s overall condition, urgent defects and any potential legal issues.

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Level 2: Homebuyers Report (Home Condition Survey with or without valuation)

The RICS Homebuyer Report is our most popular survey option and is for properties in reasonable condition, under 100 years old. It covers everything in the Level 1 survey but also looks at timer/damp issues; drainage; insulation; and Japanese knotweed.

You also have the option to add on a property valuation and insurance rebuild cost, which you will need when you exchange contracts.  

Level 3: Building Survey (commonly called a Structural Survey)

This option includes everything from the other two surveys plus a detailed analysis of the property’s construction. Your surveyor will assess potential problems caused by hidden flaws; dangerous risks including subsidence, structural movement, dampness and woodworm; repair options; and advice on what might happen without intervention.  

Snagging Survey

For new build homes, a snagging survey is a perfect way to inexpensively detail any imperfections with the property. New builds really shouldn’t have any major structural problems, so a snagging survey looks at the general standard of construction and finishing, including such things as poorly fitted windows, small cracks in walls and paint splatters from careless decorating.

When you hand the developer a snagging list they should rectify the issues at their expense (within two years of you moving in). If you don’t get a snagging survey or you wait until it’s too late, you’ll have to fix any ‘snags’ yourself.

Limited Defect Survey

Something a little bit different: a Limited Defect Survey gets a professional surveyor’s opinion on a specific issue or issues. If you have concerns about your own property or one you’re thinking of buying, this survey can put your mind at rest or alert you to work that needs to be done.

Limited Defect Surveys can be arranged for issues including sagging roofs, rotting timber, leaning walls, damp, subsidence and even infestations. We will look at the problem, determine its seriousness and advise on the best next steps.

We offer residential Surveys in Hampshire and Surrey including Alton, Alresford, Farnham, Chandlers Ford, Bishops Waltham, Park Gate, Southampton, Winchester, Romsey, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Salisbury, Christchurch, Bournemouth, Basingstoke, Portsmouth, Poole, Parkstone, Brockenhurst, Ringwood, Verwood, Fordingbridge, The New Forest and Wimborne and the surrounding areas.

A comparison of surveys at a glance

 

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)

 

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Limited Defect Survey

 

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When to get the survey

Pre-purchase

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Any time 

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FAQs

What is included in a house survey?

This depends on the survey you choose. Our property surveyor will inspect all areas of the property including floors, walls, doors, windows, roofs, garages, roof and more. Our table above shows which survey you should have depending on the type of property you are trying to buy. 

Is it worth getting a house survey?

Getting a homebuyer survey provides you with in-depth information about the property you’re thinking of buying. It will help you avoid unexpected repair costs further down the line andgive you an idea of how much you might need to invest in a property after you buy it. Property surveys can also give you a good ground for price negotiation

Do I need a survey when buying a house?

Although buying a house without a survey is legal, it’s not a good idea. Also, your mortgage lender and/or insurer may insist on evidence of a survey before lending money or offering cover. Read more about pitfalls of not getting a property survey.

What are the most common house survey problems?

The most common issues found in property surveys include asbestos, subsidence, structural movement, cracks in walls and ceiling, damp, Japanese knotweed and other invasive plants, electrical safety issues, faulty drain pipes/drainage issues, roof issues, woodworm and beetle infestation, insulation and issues with windows.

What does a surveyor do?

A surveyor is someone who can check a property for defects, issues and potential future problems. They can also accurately value a property.

What is a Chartered Surveyor?

While anyone can technically call themselves a surveyor, when you employ the services of a Chartered Surveyor, you are guaranteed a high level of quality and professionalism. That is because in order to become ‘chartered’ they must have:

  • Completed a degree accredited by the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)
  • Gained extensive experience
  • Passed their Assessment of Professional Competence

As a RICS Chartered Surveyor, they will also be held to account by their governing body, adhere to a strict code of conduct and complete annual training to keep their skills up to date.

What does a Chartered Surveyor do when they carry out a survey?

The answer depends a little on what level of house survey you decide upon, but they will visit a property and use their training and experience to look for current or potential issues. They will then write a report in plain English for you to digest and use to make important property decisions. You can read more about it here.

Do I need a Chartered Surveyor for a house survey?

If you’re in need of a surveyor we would always strongly recommend the services of a RICS Chartered Surveyor. Whether a relatively small limited defect survey to inspect a single crack in the wall; a snagging survey for a new build; or an in-depth, full structural survey, they will be able to provide the best advice in the industry.

 

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