Whether you’re looking to buy a house in Kent or South East London, it’s important to consult professional building surveyors. Based in Herne Bay, Domestic Property Surveys Ltd specialises in the inspection of residential properties for potential buyers. When you choose our services, we will ensure that a building is structurally sound and safe to live in, providing a comprehensive and detailed report into the condition of the property in question. You can trust our team to help you avoid long-term difficulties and get the right price for your home. Get in touch today for more information.
Formerly known as structural surveys these types of surveys are more suitable for older buildings with more complex issues.
A Building Survey is a very detailed report on the condition of a property and all elements,both external and internal,would be inspected.Any and all defects would be listed as well as their likelihood to cause further damage to the fabric of the building.
The final Report would extend to 80 pages,including many photographs and would incorporate sections on the following areas:
Chimneys and flues, Roof coverings ,Rainwater pipes & gutters,Above ground waste & soil pipes ,Main walls (including claddings),Windows,Outside doors (incl. patio doors),Other external woodwork etc and outside decoration
An inspection of the external walls would be carried out in order to determine the extent of any cracking that may have been caused by settlement.
Roof structure,Ceilings,Inside walls, partitions & plasterwork,Floors,Fireplaces & chimney breasts,Built-in fittings,Inside woodwork,Bathroom fittings
A visual inspection of all the services would be undertaken but no diagnostic testing carried out.
A full damp inspection would be carried out and issues relating to flood risk and contamination would also be commented on.
Each report is covered by £5m worth of Professional Indemnity cover.
How much does a Building Survey cost?
A Building survey would cost from £595 plus Vat
Click on the link below for a typical Building Survey.
Our comprehensive Home Condition Surveys cover the following issues:
How much does a Home Condition Survey cost?
If your building is older, a more detailed Building Survey may be required. This 80-page report will include all of the information contained within a typical Home Condition Survey, plus a more detailed description of the property and any defects found, including analysis of their possible causes and solutions.
If you are planning work that will affect your neighbour’s property, you may need to speak to a party wall surveyor. Due to the building legislation regarding the area in question, a specialist should be consulted about work involving an adjoining wall between properties, whether new or existing,to determine whether the work comes under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 .
If the proposed work does fall under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, you will be entitled to carry out certain works ,provided that you serve notice to any neighbours who will be affected. Our surveyors can help you with this and ensure all work goes smoothly.
Party wall surveyors can also mediate if your neighbour does not accept this notice, striving for a solution for all parties in compliance with all relevant regulations. As part of our services, we can prepare and issue Schedules of Condition and Party Wall Notices and Awards.
How much do Party Wall Surveyors cost?
Costs would depend very much on the type of project and its level of complexity,but typical fees for the Building Owner Surveyor would start at the following levels:
£59 for issuance of Notice
£350 for Schedule of Condition and
£595 for issuance of an Award
An hourly rate of £135 per hour would be charged if so required.
Under the terms of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, you have certain rights regarding what you are allowed to do, providing you have informed your neighbour. The three types of work covered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 are:
If you don’t require a full Building Survey, we provide Home Buyer Reports that cover the condition of the building fabric. This is a less detailed but more affordable solution which may suit your needs better. Surveys of this type comprise a general inspection of accessible parts of the property, i.e. those which are visible and readily available for examination from the ground and floor levels, without risk of causing damage to the property or injury to the surveyor.
How much does a Home Buyers Report cost?
The cost of a Home Buyers Report for a Flat would start at £395 plus Vat and for a 2 bedroom house would start at £465 plus Vat.