Frequently asked questions
How much will a survey cost?
Fees are based on the value of the property on a sliding scale and a Home Survey starts at
£465 for a property value of up to £200,000 and increases above this value. A Building Survey starts at
£600 for a similar property value. We are not VAT registered.
What types of survey do we offer?
We offer two main types of survey for a prospective purchaser, before the contract purchase price is finalised and contracts exchanged. These are:
- A Home Survey
- A Building Survey
Both are based on a visual inspection only, ie. floor coverings and floorboards are not lifted for instance.
We do not provide a valuation.
The third inspection often referred to as a valuation survey is usually commissioned by the Lender, (mortgage provider). However, it only confirms whether the price being paid is reasonable so far as the Lender is concerned. It does not comment on general defects and maintenance issues unless they are significant enough to materially alter the value of the property. It should not be relied upon as a 'Survey'.
How do I instruct you?
We receive most instructions by telephone or email. Contact us and we will advise what additional information we need from you before we send you our Terms and Conditions. Payment can be made by cheque or preferably on-line transfer once we have raised an invoice.
How long will it take?
How soon the survey can be booked in, will depend on several factors such as current levels of work and availability of the Vendor. However, the report will usually be emailed within 5 working days of the survey. We will also try to email you on the day of the survey, (if payment has been received), to provide a brief bullet-point summary of the issues you might wish to be aware of before the full report is produced.
***COVID-19 UPDATE***: Our understanding of current Government guidance, (January 2022), is that we are permitted to carry out surveys in occupied properties as long as social distancing is maintained where possible.