It’s important that you get a survey done on any property you’re looking to buy. It will outline the structural condition of the property and can identify any issues. So when you choose a surveyor, make sure they are reliable.
You also want to make sure that you know what kind of survey you need, which will probably depend on the type of property you’re buying. Follow our 5 things to consider when you choose a surveyor.
1. Find out which survey you need
The survey you need will depend on the kind of home you’re buying. You’ll also need to think about the information you need as this will determine the type of survey you require. Is it a Homebuyer’s Report or a Full Building Survey?
The age of the property, the design and problems you may have noticed at the viewing are also factors that you should take into account when deciding what survey you need.
2. Get a range of quotes
Don’t just go with the first surveyor you come across. Get at least three quotes and compare their prices.
Beware of very cheap quotes, as you may not get the service you expect. Typically, a Building Survey on a property valued between £101-£200k should cost £560 whereas a Homebuyer’s Report should cost around £350. Remember, this will vary, so it’s imperative you get quotes.
3. Check what local knowledge the surveyor has
A surveyor that has good knowledge of the local area and the properties in it will be able to carry out a well-informed survey.
If you’re buying a listed building or unusual property, it’s worth finding a surveyor that specialises in these properties. When you’re getting quotes, tell them about the property you’re thinking about buying and ask what experience they have.
4. Find out exactly what you’ll get
Ask the surveyor to outline exactly what you will get from the survey. That way you won’t be disappointed if you don’t get what you were expecting.
Also make sure that they can meet your deadlines – a late report will be no good to you.
5. Get recommendations
A good way to find a reputable surveyor is to ask your mortgage lender or family and friends. You could also look online to find independent reviews about different surveyors.
It’s also important that your surveyor is registered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). All RICS surveyors are qualified and operate at a high standard.