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Residential Surveys

What is a survey?

A residential survey is an assessment of the property which aims to identify the major issues that may impact a potential purchaser’s decision to buy.

Surveys are normally undertaken on behalf of the purchaser, usually once an offer has been accepted. A survey is not a valuation or mortgage valuation and it is not undertaken on behalf of a mortgage lender or bank. 

Why commission a survey?

A house is likely to be the most expensive purchase in your life. What appears to be a good quality house is often found wanting by a skilled surveyor. By engaging a surveyor, you will be made aware of the potential repairing liabilities of a property and works that may be required to maintain or improve it. The report will allow you to make an informed decision about the purchase and budget accordingly. The outcome of a survey can sometimes identify hidden problems requiring a legal or other specialist opinion and can often result in an opportunity to renegotiate the purchase price based on the surveyor’s report.

At Corbett & Co, our surveys include an assessment of the external features of the property including roofs, chimneys, gutters, windows, doors and drains as well as outside areas. Internally we survey (where access allows) roof voids, walls, doors, floors, bathrooms, kitchens and fixtures and fittings. We will visually assess, where possible, services such as heating, water and electricity.

We can often introduce clients from outside the area to local contractors who have proved reliable in the past.

Informed prior to Purchase or Sale

Although surveys are normally undertaken for purchasers, they can be undertaken on behalf of vendors to put them in a better position to sell their property with a professional’s opinion available to inform them and potential purchasers.

Building Survey (technical summary)

A building survey is a bespoke, in depth report and involves non-invasive but detailed internal and external inspection of the property including the use of a pole camera and thermal imaging device to reach areas otherwise inaccessible. The report will identify problems and advise as to remedies. A surveyor will attempt to access all areas of the property providing it is safe and there is no risk of damage to the property. Building surveys will vary depending on the type and age of the property and the client’s requirements. At Corbett & Co we have considerable experience of Listed, period properties and the special techniques needed to preserve them.

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