What type of Survey do I need?
The type of Survey required generally depends on the type of property, and the client's requirements. Generally, for a purpose built property built after the year 2000, an RICS Home Buyer's Survey is likely to suffice. For older properties, more likely to have defects, a full RICS Building Survey is likely to be more appropriate.
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Do I need a Survey?
Technically speaking, you don't need to have a survey undertaken before you purchase a property. However, it is strongly recommended that in order to protect your investment a survey is undertaken by a suitably qualified professional.
Who are the RICS?
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors promote and enforce the highest professional standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
All of our members are Chartered Surveyors and members of the RICS. This means that, as well as holding the relevant bachelor or post graduate degree, they have been trained and assessed to the highest standards of competence.
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What does 'Regulated by the RICS' mean?
As a firm Regulated by the RICS, we are bound to comply with the RICS throughout our business. This means we do the following:
- Practise globally recognised standards.
- Behave ethically and act with integrity and honesty.
- Have the required skills and competencies to do the job.
- Manage conflicts of interests transparently.
- Safeguard the security of client money.
- Manage our finances appropriately.
- Provide adequate and appropriate indemnity for your work.
- Handle complaints and disputes fairly.
We do all of the above to ensure client security and confidence.
What are the timeframes involved?
This generally depends on the size of the property and the type of survey we are undertaking. We always aim to adhere to the following timescales:
- Undertake inspection: 1 week
- Prepare report: 1 week
- Client feedback: Within 1-2 days of report issue
We know that sometimes things are needed urgently and where possible we'll do what we can to improve timescales.
What information do I need to provide?
In order to provide you with a quote all we'll need from your is the property details, and the type of survey you require.
Once instructed, we'll contact you with any further questions we have.
We understand that it isn't always completely clear which type of survey would benefit your purchase best. We're always happy to provide free advice in this regard so please give us a call or email, otherwise follow this
link for more information on types of surveys and when each is applicable.
What if I'm concerned about the Survey findings?
We always make allowance to discuss the key Survey findings with you following the issue of our report.
Our aim is to ensure that you're as well informed as possible to make a decision on your purchase.