When it comes to building surveys, there are lots of different shapes and sizes. In the same way, they also come in different price tags, depending on the amount of work and detail involved as well as the qualification of the person handling the survey. But in this article, we will be talking about the different types of
that you should definitely know about.
Most commonly, surveys have four main types. But several practitioners will fit their reports to suit their own style of writing and add in everything that they feel are the most essential aspects. The most important though is to ask if it gives the level of information and detail that a purchaser is expecting and looking for.
With that being said, it is necessary that you ask your surveyor to explain what is being offered. You also need to ask if they have any sample documents that you can check out. Those who have professional experience will most definitely be able to give you a sample that you need. In case they cannot, then you can take the risk with the quality. But it's best to avoid such.
You can tell if the surveyor is a quality one as they usually show off the quality of their work and even willingly give them as sample. But those who are not confident enough may indicate that their quality is not a good competition against the others.
For the first type of survey, there is the 'full' building
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or often called as full structural survey. This comes with a detailed and comprehensive inspection of the property. Their report will contain condition of all those parts of the structure, which physically can be inspected. However, it will be the subject of a number of limitations as laid out in a scope of service for building surveys.
Next is the 'main elements or major defects' survey. In this type, the major parts of the structure will be given an inspection. The reports for this will focus on areas including the roofs, main walls, floors, ceilings and windows. Dampness and timber decay are also usually included on this.
Another type is the 'homebuyer report,' which is a standard form of survey designed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). In here, the pre-printed format covers most aspects of the building but it will not include the minute details.
Lastly, the specific survey, wherein sometimes, an old "bad" experience or personal knowledge of the type of property or locality will give a buyer concern on certain elements of the buildings.