Surveyors are experienced at pre-acquisition surveys, whether a domestic
building survey or in conjunction with commercial property
acquisition. Building surveys provide important information as to
the condition of a building to be considered when deciding whether to
buy or lease a property. Turner Surveyors welcome enquiries from both
the domestic and commercial markets in respect to carrying out building
In respect to domestic
properties, Turner Surveyors undertake building surveys. Please note
that we do not undertake valuations or homebuyer's surveys.
information, a valuation is not a survey. It is carried out on behalf of
a lender to ensure that the property is worth the value of mortgage you
require. Increasingly these are carried out as desk top surveys or
'drive by's' - the valuation surveyor may not even visit your property.
Even when they do, they are concerned with the value of the loan only,
and will not carry out a detailed inspection. Information from a
valuation survey is not to be relied upon as being indicative of the
condition of a property, and therefore you should not just rely on the
information from a valuation when considering whether to purchase or
take out a lease on a property.
then come to the surveys. Think of these as a health check on the
property. If you intend to buy you are strongly recommended to have
a survey done and carefully consider its results prior to entering into
a contract. The survey may highlight problems with the property, and as
such if you still want to proceed you can negotiate a lower price for
the purchase, or make an informed decision and walk away. Surveys can
save you money.
Two types of survey are available; the
limited Homebuyer Survey and Valuation, and the Building Survey that we
Survey is designed for newer properties that appear in a reasonable
condition. It is not a detailed survey of every aspect of the property
and focuses only on major and urgent matters.
the property is old, in a poor condition, listed, a building constructed
in an unusual way, has extensive alterations, or you are planning to
renovate or alter/extend, it is suggested that you commission a Building
A building survey is a
comprehensive inspection of all accessible parts of a property and can
be tailored to suit individual needs and concerns. The building survey
will include details of:
- Major and minor faults,
- Implications of any possible faults,
recommendations for remedial actions, and the possible cost of
- Results of any dampness testing to
- Extensive technical information on
the construction of the property and details about materials used.
- Comments on the existence and
condition of damp-proofing, insulation and drainage. (Please note
that drains are not tested.)
- Recommendations for any further
special inspections, testing or investigations.
We will report on all parts of a
property that we can easily gain access to, including the use of a
ladder to 3m in height. However we will not lift carpets, shift
furniture, carry out testing on electrical wiring and water supplies,
test the gas supply or boiler, or place ourselves in situations adverse
to the health and safety of our surveyor.
If you are thinking of buying a
property, or leasing, please contact us for a quote for a building
survey. If you are unsure as to which survey to go for, please call and
we can point you in the right direction.