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.
It can be almost impossible to decide which survey to choose just by quickly viewing a home. But here’s what’s available:
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.
|List of surveys||HomeLevel|
Level 2 Survey
Level 3 Survey
|For modern properties, flats and houses built after 1990, in good condition|
|For all properties, but especially those that are older, larger, extensively altered/ extended, or in poorer condition||-|
|Accompanied by a ‘Solicitor’s Summary Report’ sent to your legal advisers to ensure they fully understand any issues too|
|A visual inspection of all accessible areas to assess the condition of the building|
|Identifies issues that require repair of further investigations|
|Free expert verbal advice and after-care following the survey|
|Covers a minimum of 20 internal and external elements in the property|
|Each defect traffic light rated|
|A Private Client Service guiding you through each step, including helping you obtain quotations/further investigations and advising on a negotiation strategy||-|
|A more detailed report and inspection, including photographic evidence of the defects||-|
|Includes a drone and/or telescopic pole camera survey of the roofs, chimneys and upper areas, where appropriate||-|
|Major defect costings estimates helping you understand the implications of any issues||-|
|True Reflective Market Valuation- providing you with a valuation reflective on the condition of the property||-|
|Floor area measurements so you can ensure the property is exactly as advertised||-|
|Insurance reinstatement figure — we will calculate the estimated re-building figure for your property insurance||-|