Unsure about whether you need to hire a surveyor?
If you're in any doubt at all, it's probably worth doing, says Peter Hart, Home Suryveing Managing Director
Buying a home is one of the biggest investments that most people will make in their lifetime. It is important to ensure that you are making a well-informed decision and that the property you are purchasing is in good condition. Whether the property you're purchasing was built last year or the century before last, if you have any concerns about your ongoing costs, it's worth getting a professional, impartial advisor to come and take a look.
This is where an RICS surveyor comes in.
An RICS surveyor is a professional who is trained and qualified to inspect and evaluate the condition of a property. They are experts at identifying any issues or problems that may be present in a property, and can provide a detailed report on their findings.
Probably the biggest benefit of employing an RICS-qualified surveyor is that they are independent and impartial. They do not have a vested interest in the sale of the property and will provide an honest and unbiased assessment of its condition. This is important as it ensures that you are fully aware of any issues that may be present, and can make an informed decision about how to proceed with the purchase, without worrying about whether there is a hidden agenda.
Depending on the age and type of property, a good surveying firm will help you to understand which type of survey is right for you. Whichever one you choose, the report is intended to give you all the information you need to make informed decisions on your purchase - including, if necessary, to negotiate the price of the property or to request any necessary repairs before completing the purchase.
Once you have chosen your surveyor, they will attend the property to assess the condition of the structure, roof, walls, floors, and any other areas of the property. They will also look for any signs of damp, rot, or pest infestations. They will also assess the condition of any outbuildings or garages that are included in the sale.
RICS surveyors also have a wealth of knowledge about building regulations, planning permission and building control. They can advise you on whether any changes or improvements that have been made to the property comply with these regulations. This will give you peace of mind that the property you are buying is safe and legal.
Most importantly, hiring an RICS surveyor to out a survey on a property before you buy it can also save you money in the long run. By having all the information at your fingertips, you go into a purchase knowing what you might need to spend money on in the future, and decide what negotiations you want to enter into before you commit to the purchase. We have saved some customers literally hundreds of thousands of pounds, and are proud to be able to safeguard people's hard-earned cash in this way.
But to be honest, our favourite cases are the ones where the purchaser has a niggling doubt about the property, but the surveyor is able to attend and confirm that the issue is not as bad as feared - and the sale progresses without a hitch. You can't put a price on peace of mind!