SelectSurv

Chartered Surveyors

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Yes, we are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and many other professional regulatory bodies such as CABE. We are also a Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Engineers.

We are more than happy to give any issues you may have concerns about the extra attention it needs, please let us know at the time of booking. We can then advise in the report if we believe this to be a significant defect and whether any remedial works are required. A typical question may be “Could the surveyor look at the feasibility of extending into the garden or loft”

We can be contacted by email or phone.

We carry out a visual inspection of the services, however are not able to certify the installations and this will need to be carried out by a competent contractor pre purchase if the appropriate certification is not already in place.

Yes all our reports have photos to help you identify the specific problem or defect we are highlighting.

The report is sent out to you, our client, only unless you instruct us to send the report to your solicitor or mortgage broker. If serious previously unknown issues are uncovered, we find clients may, at times, use this information to ask the sellers to reduce the price accordingly. This would, of course, be dependent on the nature of the issue and this is done through your legal adviser.

We aim for a maximum of 3 working days after the inspection day for Homebuyers and 5 working days after inspection for the Building survey.

If you would like to ask any further questions about your report or anything relating to our services, please contact us either via our contact page or via email at info@selectsurv.co.uk and we shall aim to get back to you as quickly as possible.

The valuation (survey) is for the lender only and not in your name and you have no right to question the survey part of the report. You would not buy a car without inspecting it physically and checking the service history. This is similar for properties; the difference being is that this is potentially the biggest investment of a lifetime. It would be of immeasurable benefit to know what issues may occur in the short and long term and have a plan in place to cover the costs for these. A valuation focuses on the price of the property, whereas the building survey focuses on its condition. Realising you have moved into a property wrought with problems can be a nightmare, so don’t let it happen.

The surveys are non-invasive. So, given that the walls will not be opened up, the surveyor may not be able to confirm the extent of a particular defect. This may occur in particular with floor damp as fitted floor coverings would prevent the surveyor from being able to inspect the area further. On these occasions, we may refer to further inspections you may need to undertake to fully confirm the extent of the damage and the cost of repair. The surveys are non-invasive. So, given that the walls will not be opened up, the surveyor may not be able to confirm the extent of a particular defect. This may occur in particular with floor damp as fitted floor coverings would prevent the surveyor from being able to inspect the area further. On these occasions, we may refer to further inspections you may need to undertake to fully confirm the extent of the damage and the cost of repair.

Asbestos materials were used for many years in buildings and theoretically could be present anywhere, although in the recent decades they have been phased out. In many cases, such as in the pre-80s Artex ceilings, these do not present a high risk unless tampered with. The report, however, will advise as to whether the asbestos found within your property is deemed unsafe and if so will need to be removed by a licensed Asbestos contractor. Please note that if the surveyor has mentioned Asbestos in your report it may very well be that there are more unseen materials comprising Asbestos within the property.

We aim for the highest levels of customer satisfaction so we’re confident that you will be happy with our services. However, please write to us in the first instance if you have concerns. We will investigate and respond as soon as possible. If we cannot resolve your issue we will send your our complaints procedure that has the details of the Property Ombudsman.

A Building Survey (formerly called a Structural survey) is the most comprehensive type of survey, and the highest (Level 3) on the RICS scale. It is ideal for older properties or properties which may have issues or been extended or altered. A Full Building Survey is also advised if you are planning major works to the property. It includes all the fundamental elements of the other RICS building survey reports but offers a more in-depth analysis and provides advice on defects, repairs and maintenance. This type of survey does not typically include a valuation, however can be added by separate arrangement.

A Homebuyer’s Report is a Level 2 survey on the RICS scale and it advises on defects which may affect the property and its value (if requested). The Homebuyer’s report is a cost effective report and is suitable for flats and houses that are modern or un altered. It is not as in-depth as a Full (Structural) Building Survey.

One of the services that we offer is a Schedule of Condition/Snagging list. This will note down the condition of the property at the time built ( in the case of New Builds) or when taking over a new lease (in the case of Commercial premises). This will indicate the condition of the property when a lease starts so it can be left in a similar condition once the lease is complete.

The site visit itself is very similar for each report; but the report itself is very different. RICS Homebuyer’s Reports tend to be cheaper and more generic in its wording and will highlight investigations that are needed. The Full Building Survey is a much more detailed and in-depth and usually requires more investigation by the surveyor. The latter will also provide advice on structural defects and maintenance options for each of the issues uncovered throughout the visit. For these reasons, RICS ranks the quality standard of a Full Building Survey higher (level 3) than a Homebuyer’s report (level 2).

A property may appear in good condition and it can be tempting to assume there are no major problems with it, but there may be costly discoveries upon moving in. A Survey is carried out to establish that the house is structurally sound and to advise you of current and potential defects; and whether they are expensive, serious, common or to be expected with this type of property. This may allow you to renegotiate on the price agreed.

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