Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a RICS Chartered Surveyor near me?
Yes, we are a firm of RICS Chartered Surveyors. We are based in Lightwater, Surrey and do most of our work between Reading, Wokingham, Maidenhead, Slough, Chertsey, Weybridge, West Byfleet, Woking, Ripley, Guildford, Farnham and Hook.
RICS Residential Surveys including Building Surveys, Home Buyer Reports and Condition Reports
Red Book Valuations which include Divorce, Probate, Shared Ownership and Help to Buy
Schedules of Condition
A Condition Report is intended for new builds. This report provides the least amount of detail as it is assumed that the properties are in fairly good condition and are provided with a 10-year guarantee.
Most properties benefit from a Home Buyer Report as it describes the property and any defects that require attention in the short-medium term. It is a comprehensive non-invasive snapshot of a property. The outside of the building is inspected including the roof, chimneys, guttering, walls, windows, and doors. Inside the property, the roof structure, ceilings, walls, floors, fireplaces, kitchens and bathrooms are inspected. The services i.e. gas, water, heating, and electricity are examined to see if there are any irregularities that do not comply with professional standards. A traffic light rating system is used to identify the severity of defects.
A Building Survey is appropriate for Listed buildings, those in a poor state of repair and those the have been dramatically extended. In addition to identifying defects, this report describes the fabric and materials of the building. It is assumed that these types of property will require more maintenance and building work than a traditional modern property. Knowing the fabric of the building is useful when undertaking this work. Just like a Home Buyer Report, the inside and outside of the property is inspected, defects are identified and a traffic light rating system is used.
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