All you need to know about property surveys

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Whether you are looking to buy or sell a property, you will need to be sure that it is structurally sound and being advertised transparently.

A property survey will help determine the condition of a property and point out any potential issues, such as damp, and help establish its true value.

What is a property survey?

A property survey assesses the condition of a building, deeming it either safe or unsafe to live in. The surveyor will check all the major elements of a building and assess if any repairs are needed or if there are any hidden problems.

Property surveys are not just available for domestic properties such as houses and flats, they are also available for commercial premises.

When conducting commercial surveys, your property surveyor will look at the structural soundness and condition of a building and work out if they are safe for public use.

Surveying is a highly specialised field that requires extensive training in mathematics, geometry, drafting and spatial awareness. Surveyors must also be able to interpret legal documents such as deeds or leases in order to carry out their work effectively.

For this reason, it is essential to hire a reputable, qualified surveyor to complete any property services.

Different types of property surveys

Three common examples of property surveys include:

Residential building surveys

During a residential property survey, a surveyor will create a report based on the condition of a property and provide a summary of the property’s statistics, including an estimate of when the property was built, the dates any extensions were completed, how energy efficient the property may be and various other factors, such as whether gas, water and electric systems are present in the property.

The survey will check both external features of a property, such as what heating system it has and internal fixtures such as wall patricians and fireplaces and external features, such as chimneys, guttering and windows.

In this report, any legal issues that need to be brought to the attention of a solicitor will be flagged and an impartial valuation will be created. This is beneficial as it ensures a property can be sold or bought transparently and for an accurate value.

Commercial property surveys

As the name suggests, commercial building survey services UK based are used to inspect commercial buildings. The surveyor will look at the structure, condition and layout of any commercial space, such as an office or retail shop, and create a report about the condition of the property.

A survey will check the same features of a residential property, such as its internal and external condition, and will also summarise whether the property is suitable for commercial use.

For example, a commercial survey may include more detail about the land surrounding a property and raise any potential health and safety concerns.

Public & Education Surveying

Public and education surveys are used to determine the suitability of a property for widescale public use. These surveys can be conducted on buildings used by local councils, schools or other government agencies.

Public and education surveys may use aerial photography, GPS technology and other tools to inspect things like the condition of a building, including the roof and wall structure, the type of surface material used in areas where people walk, and whether there are any trees growing near power lines.

Get a property survey today

If you require a building survey and would like to learn more about different types of surveys available, get in touch with the Dabinett team today. We can provide a wide range of surveys and our expert chartered building surveyors will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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