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A handy guide to our Building Survey Report: why we need them, what they cost and what they mean for your property purchase.

A Building Survey is a wide-ranging inspection of a property. It is the most comprehensive of the surveys available for residential properties and will provide a detailed evaluation of a property’s condition. It examines all accessible parts of the property and you can ask to have specific areas included, so it covers any particular concerns you have about the building.


The Building Survey, due to its thoroughness, can take up to a day to complete and the final report can take up to two weeks to receive. The report will disclose the findings of the survey and make recommendations for if further specialist surveys are required.

The report will include guidance on maintenance and remedial works and often a detailed comment on individual defects. The report, however, will not report in detail on aspects such as heating or electrical equipment, but if requested we can arrange for our expert surveyors to investigate these further.

A Building Survey is essential when purchasing period buildings, those of an unusual construction or properties which have been considerably extended. It is equally suitable for modern buildings where a detailed picture of the construction are required.


Most important and more insignificant defects and what they could mean.
Results of tests for damp in the walls.
Woodworm, dry rot and other damage to timbers.
The conditions of existing damp proofing, insulation and advice on non-tested drainage.
Information on the materials used to build the property and any relevant technical information.
Recommendations for further investigations on the propert.


Due to the individual nature of the Building Survey report it is not possible to give any guidance on costs, as it is with the Homebuyers Survey and Valuation reports. The fee will vary according to the size, value and location of the property and the extent of the report required.

We strongly recommend that you obtain either a Home Buyer Report or a Building Survey to give you a more detailed inspection of the property.

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For a decision on which type of survey is best suited to your needs, please get in touch with us.

One of our qualified surveyors will be pleased to discuss your individual requirements and quote the appropriate fee.

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View Sample Reports

Below we present you with sample reports to show the information contained within the surveys we produce. Please click on the report you would like to view (opens up in new window).

Building Survey ReportHomebuyers ReportCondition Report
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