As a long standing local estate agent we are able to obtain competitve quotes from reputable & experienced surveyors.
Homebuyer Survery & Valuation
Homebuyer Reports and Building Surveys are available for purchasers and their professional advisors as recommended by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. RICS Homebuyer Survey and Valuation Reports can be made available within 48 hours to assist your purchase anywhere in West Midlands and Worcestershire.
Valuations are also provided for building insurance, capital gains tax and inheritance tax calculations.
In depth building surveys of commercial property are available, for private purchasers, business, limited companies and lending institutions. Supported by our commitment to excellence in terms of service and quality.
Our specialised Land Department is under the personal control of Paul Jackson concentrating upon the sale of individual building plots to large brown field or green field sites involving sales ranging from the small local builder to the major house builders / developers.
Land Acquisitions and Sales
Recent sales include residential and commercial sites between 10 and 25 acres throughout the Midlands upon behalf of a Plc as well as individual building plots.
Our initial advice is free and impartial.
A Building Survey Guide
A Building Survey is a comprehensive inspection of a property reported in a style to suit the property and your specific requirements. It’s suitable for all properties, especially:
- Listed buildings
- Older properties
- Buildings constructed in an unusual way, however old they are
- Properties you plan to renovate or alter in any way
- Properties that have had extensive alterations.
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. It is a product which can be tailored to your needs, agreed between you and your surveyor.
A Building Survey can include details of:
- Major and minor defects and what they could mean
- The possible cost of repairs
- Results of damp testing on walls
- Damage to timbers – including woodworm and rot
- The condition of damp-proofing, insulation and drainage (though drains aren’t tested)
- Technical information on the construction of the property and the materials used
- The location
- Recommendations for any further special inspections.
A Building Survey doesn’t include a valuation, but your surveyor can provide this separately if you need one.
The Homebuyer Survey and Valuation Report
A Homebuyer Survey and Valuation (HSV), also known as a Homebuyer’s Report, is a survey completed to a standard format set out by RICS – it’s most suitable for conventional properties built within the last 150 years, which are in reasonable condition.
It doesn’t detail every aspect of the property, and only focuses on urgent matters needing attention. It’s not usually suitable for properties in need of renovation, or if you’re planning major alterations.
An HSV includes details of:
- The general condition of the property
- Any major faults in accessible parts of the building that may affect the value
- Any urgent problems that need inspecting by a specialist before you sign a contract
- Results of tests for damp in the walls
- Damage to timbers – including woodworm or rot
- The condition of any damp-proofing, insulation and drainage (though drains aren’t tested)
- The estimated cost of rebuilding the property for insurance purposes
- The value of the property on the open market.