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What Type Of Survey Do I Need?

What Type Of Survey Do I Need?

Over the years, we’ve seen all sorts of defects in homes of all ages. That’s why neglecting to have a new home surveyed is rarely a wise idea (and it won’t help you save money).

It’s easy to be seduced by the appearance and feel of a home while ignoring problems ranging from foundation issues to damp and everything in between. With the cost of repairs and maintenance hitting you in the pocket.

But you don’t want to spend thousands for a survey on a home that’s in near-perfect condition. Nor do you want to opt for the most basic survey if doing so will leave too many stones unturned.

So, how do you decide which survey is right for you? The most straightforward way to determine your needs is to call the professionals at Novello Chartered Surveyors for expert property advice. Or, you can read our brief guide on the different types of survey below.

Which survey do I need?

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Our property survey services: which is right for you?

It can be almost impossible to decide which survey to choose just by quickly viewing a home. But here’s what’s available:

Building Survey

Looking to buy a beautiful period home? London is full of them. But many older properties hide potentially dangerous and costly defects ranging from structural issues to timber rot. Don’t risk investing in a seemingly gorgeous home that’s breaking apart at the seams. Hire us to perform our most comprehensive building survey to assess the condition of the property so that you know what you’re getting yourself into before signing any contracts.

HomeLevel Reports

Our signature HomeLevel Report is our most economic survey. This is suitable for flats and more modern properties such as houses built after 1970, that have been well-maintained. In this report, we include everything you’ll find in a standard RICS HomeBuyer Report, but we go further by traffic light ranking each defect making it clear which issues are the priority.

Roof Survey

Your roof has to put up stiff resistance to the elements for decades. Most roofing specialists recommend having your roof professionally inspected every five years, though many homeowners either forget or neglect to do so. If your potential home shows signs of drainage problems, leaks or damp, you probably need a roof survey. A roof survey can also be used to settle disputes between you, your freeholder, or your builder.

Snagging Lists

You’d expect a brand-new home to be in perfect condition. Surely there’s no need to hire a surveyor to inspect a home with zero previous owners? Unfortunately, most new-builds have dozens of hidden defects. Obtain one of our snagging reports, and you can force your developer to put things right at no cost to you.

Need Us to Clear Any Confusion?

According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), people spend an average of £5,750 on repairs after buying a new home. And those who face the highest risk of losing out financially include young and first-time buyers. At Novello Chartered Surveyors, customer satisfaction is more important to us than our profits. If you want to know which survey you need, read more about our different options. Or, get in touch with us for a free chat, tell us about your home, and we’ll give you advice and a no-obligation quote for free.

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