Briefly put, a building survey contains a report by a qualified expert, the report provides an evaluation of the state of the whole building, or a specific part. Building surveys are often requested by potential buyers as they help give an overall understanding of the building. Potential buyers often use a building survey to help them decide whether or not a property should be bought.
Whether you are concerned about a certain defect in your home, or you need a list of maintenance requirements for your new property, we can help. Even if you or a neighbour are planning on changing your building in a way that may effect the border of your properties, we can help.
Whatever concerns you may have, George and his expert team with their specific and specialist knowledge of the Harrogate area, are here to help you with anything that will aid you in finding your perfect home.
We provide a range of services to our clients in the Harrogate area. These are just some of the specialist property services we offer:
Pre-purchase surveys are one of our main areas of expertise for residential home buyers. The HomeBuyers Report is one of our most popular pre-purchase surveys, but we also offer a range of others. We show you everything that you need to know about you potential property and give expert advice on what to do about any problems that are found, and whether or not the property you are looking at is a good buy.
A Bespoke Service
The specifics of a survey varies from client to client, it all depends on your property and your budget. We believe that talking to a chartered surveyor and getting personal advice before choosing your survey is essential for finding a survey that best suits you. At Right Surveyors Harrogate, George and his team are willing to listen to what you need and they adapt their services to you and your individual needs.
Our main property services...
RICS HomeBuyer Report
This survey was introduced in July 2009. It focuses on any problems to the property which may decrease its value, for example, building defects. This report is an overlook of the property which helps a client decide on whether or not to go ahead with their purchase, negotiate a price, or completely pull out of the buy.
Although the HomeBuyers Report isn’t as detailed as some of the other surveys, this survey is popular as it is the most cost-effective way of evaluating modern properties. It is easy to understand and very concise.
However, the HomeBuyers Report may not suit houses that were built before the early 1900s as it is quite limited in the depth of detail included. Clients with houses from before the Victorian period may be more suited to the Full Building Survey or the HPSR as they give more detail, which is needed more in older buildings.
Our team can offer a Single Fault Assessment survey to the residential and commercial properties in Harrogate and across North Yorkshire. The Single Fault Assessment involves a surveyor investigating a particular fault or defect in the property and evaluating any issues in a formal letter which details the findings and suggesting any possible solutions.
The assessment will usually contain guidance on the potential cause (or causes) of the issue as well as how serious it is and any possible solutions. The first stage of the service is always a thorough discussion and then the service varies from client to client.
The service is usually requested when a property owner or prospective purchaser has a concern about an obvious defect, such as a crack or damp. This service can help a client decide whether or not to buy a property. The Single Fault Assessment can also be useful in terms of building insurance and claims on residential and commercial properties.
This survey is the most personalised and thorough survey that we offer and is the broadest one available from our range of RICS building surveys. The report includes a comprehensive analysis of any specific defects, advice on what to do about them and an estimate of how much it is likely to cost to deal with any of the discovered issues. The survey and report of the property is specified to your personal requirements.
Special allowances can be made in the RICS Building Survey for drainage evaluations and structural inspections. Further comments on individual issues and costings can be requested by the client at no extra cost to the total price of the survey.
A Full Building Survey should only be carried out by a RICS qualified Chartered Building Surveyor, like George Passey. The survey requires expert knowledge in discovering and diagnosing structural issues. Our expert building surveyors are always available and could potentially save you thousands of pounds on any future repairs that may have caught you off-guard.
This survey is our ‘middle-ground’ survey and takes features from the Full Building Survey. It is shortened down to a digestible report at a lower price. It is the most popular option as it is more detailed than a HomeBuyers Survey but costs less than a Building Survey.
This report still has the quality of any other report but just focuses on what you need to know to help you with making a decision on your purchase. It reports any defects that are directly affecting the value of you property; whilst also looks at any issues that may affect you from day-to-day.
The House Purchase Survey, like the RICS Full Building Survey, covers areas such as ventilation, structural movement, timber joinery, damp etc. However, the report doesn’t go into quite as much detail as the Full Building Survey but is a lot more cost-effective. It is suitable for all types of properties- whether small, large, residential, commercial, old or new.
This service analyses the condition of the property, it is able to offer legal advice and highlights any urgent issues. It is our lowest priced service.
Major Elements Survey
Identifying and investigating any major defects throughout the property, this service is a much more concise survey and looks at only the major defects without any wasting time on obvious or minor issues.
Our building surveyors are professional and calm which comes in handy when dealing with the Party Wall Act. The act is very complex and often leaves neighbours in disputes.
Schedule of Condition
Used prior to commencing a lease or even during party wall procedures, this survey provides clients with an overview of the building's condition and usually comes with many photographs.
Schedule of Dilapidations
Similar to a schedule of condition, except this report focuses on the condition and defects that are present at the end of a lease.
Tight budget / timescale?
Getting Verbal Acquisition Advice helps meet a range of needs. You don’t need to wait for a report to be written and given to you with this service, so if you need your purchase to be completed quickly then this service is perfect for you. As the process is so much quicker, it also means that the final fee is a lot lower, great for those with a tight budget.
The surveyor simply conducts the usual investigations on your property, but rather than giving a full report, the surveyor will get back to you directly that same day to give you feedback on the survey- either face-to-face or by telephone.
The Right Surveyors are an independent group of property consultancies. Each of our RICS regulated practices around the country provide only the highest quality of surveys, valuations and building reports to private and commercial clients.
Our surveyors are hand picked for their experience, wide skill set and local knowledge.