How To Become A Chartered Surveyor

These three factors have been found to cause potential purchasers most concern.

Other sections of the report cover: –

Construction, accommodation, location, chimney stacks, roofs, gutters, external joinery, external decoration, roof voids, ceilings, chimney breasts and fireplaces, internal walls, floors internal joinery, decoration, cellars, electric’s, gas, water, drainage and heating, external buildings, grounds and boundaries.

Urgent repairs, matters requiring further investigation and maintenance matters are summarized in a handy list.

There is also guidance as to legal matters that you solicitor should be investigating such as right of way, rights to light and maintenance responsibilities for shared service, drives and walls etc.

There is also a summary as to whether the property is a good prospect for purchase, a valuation and estimate of rebuilding costs for insurance purposes.

This type of survey is suitable for most one to four bedroom properties built after 1850 and constructed of brick or stone walls with slate, clay or concrete tile roofs.

Building Surveys:

Carried out in accordance with the RICS standard terms of engagement. A Building Survey is suitable for all types of property as it includes:
A detailed description of the construction.
Inclusion of detailed matters that are not necessarily difficult or costly to rectify and would be considered unimportant by many purchasers.
An attempt to accurately determine the cause of the defects discovered. Suggested remedial works and possibly estimates of cost.
A valuation in accordance with the RICS standard terms of engagement for valuations can be added to the survey if required by the client.

It is likely to be needed for properties that have been extensively altered, are dilapidated, of unusual construction, very large or old, or if major alterations are required. Contact us.

Structural Surveys:

Normally carried out by an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor or Structural Engineer who has been asked to further investigate defects which have shown up in a survey or valuation but which the cause of is not immediately clear. Usually specific to certain elements of the property and limited to defects which the surveyor or engineer has been asked to investigate. If you need one of these you really ought to be considering if the property is really worth the extra fees. The defect is likely to reduce future salability as many people will be put off by the defect and the property may be difficult to mortgage.