A building conditions survey is a comprehensive inspection of a property, which takes into account the construction and condition of a property. A building survey will examine the building, the grounds and any outbuildings on the property. The report will:
Highlight any defects – both major and minor – and will tell you what they could mean in the long run. Provide guidance on any maintenance you need to do on the building. Provide advice on how much any repair work could cost. Provide technical information about the building’s construction, and any particular materials that have been used. Provide recommendations for any further specialist investigations that you may need to undertake. A building conditions survey should also identify aspects of the property that it has not been possible to inspect or issues that may require further investigation, perhaps by a specialist. Surveyors should exercise caution when carrying out surveys. Working at height, in confined spaces or in areas that are not generally habitable can be hazardous, and materials such as asbestos may be present which can be hazardous to health. Particular care should be taken in properties showing signs of deterioration, properties that have been unoccupied or properties where building works are being carried out.