Building Surveys

A Building survey is a comprehensive inspection of a property and is suitable for older properties.

Buyers who are seeking to purchase listed buildings, older properties, unusually constructed buildings or properties that have had extensive alterations, would most likely consider paying for a Chartered Surveyor to conduct a Building Survey. A Building Survey examines all accessible parts of a property and if you want to have specific areas included that you are concerned about, you can ask the Chartered Surveyor to incorporate them into the survey.

Please note that Building Surveys do not include a property valuation. However, your Chartered Surveyor can provide this valuation separately if required to do so by you.


A Building Survey includes the following details :

  • Faults both major and minor and what they could mean in the property's future.
  • The possible cost of repairs that may need to be made.
  • Results of damp testing conducted on the walls of the property.
  • Any damage to the timbers of the property, including woodworm and rot.
  • The condition of any damp-proofing the property may have been made to the property.
  • The condition of the Insulation of the property.
  • The general condition of the drainage, although the drains are not tested in detail by the Chartered Surveyor unless requested by the Buyer.
  • Technical Information on the construction of the property and the materials used.
  • Location information.
  • Recommendations for any further special inspections that may need to be made on the property before purchasing.