in Maidstone and Kent
Building and property surveys are essential practices for homeowners and landowners to resolve. They can uncover a wide variety of potential issues with the property or land, such as any structural damage or the precise location of property lines and boundaries.
A survey must be carried out by qualified chartered building surveyors who knows what to look for during the process. While they are often expensive, surveys can end up saving you from a lot of headaches after moving into a home.
We have over 25 years of experience providing building surveys on properties of all sizes, Kirk-Brown Ltd also has experience in surveying more significant commercial properties in conjunction with other surveyors.
Property surveys determine the location of the properties boundaries and party walls accurately. They are essential to make sure the boundary is established between your property and that of your neighbour's before you build a fence or a driveway.
The survey can also identify the location of any below-ground cables or drains that are for gas, water and electric utilities.
Before the start of a construction project, make sure a surveyor has identified the location of any underground utilities to ensure they are not ruptured or cut.Building surveys will provide information about the condition of a home or other structure.
They are not cheap to have completed and are more expensive the more substantial the property; however, they can identify major structural issues that would be detrimental if these issues are found after you have purchased the property.
If you want to buy an older style or type of property, a building survey will be beneficial.
During the inspection, a surveyor will look at all areas of the building, including the windows, walls, floors and ceilings.
Once your survey has been completed, a highly detailed report will be sent to you. Included in the report are all the findings that were identified by your surveyor.
The report will contain advice on any repairs that should be rectified, along with estimates of cost and time of the repairs. The reports might include sections that describe what could happen if the recommended repairs are left and not fixed.
Building and Property Surveys
There are a number of home buyers property surveys to choose from and what they each entail.
HomeBuyers Report (Survey Only):
The RICS Homebuyer Report is a standard format, and is different from a Building Survey in three main ways.
The Homebuyers Report is for certain types of properties. These are bungalows, houses and flats that are of a traditional type and construction and are in satisfactory conditions.It will identify what the surveyor considers to be the most critical of issues.
The surveyor will apply condition ratings to parts of the building, the services and any garages and permanent outbuildings, a surveyor will tell you whether the defects are urgent and or dangerous.
It will include the surveyor's opinion of the market value and reinstatement cost (which you will need for insurance purposes) of the property.
It will focus on matters that, in the surveyor's opinion may affect the value of the property if they are not rectified. As of 2016, market valuations are an optional choice and buyers can choose whether they would like the full HomeBuyers Report with, or without, the valuation.
HomeBuyers Report (Survey and Valuation)
The surveyor will inspect the inside and outside of the main building and all permanent outbuildings. The surveyor does not take up carpets, floor coverings or floorboards.
They will not move furniture, nor will they remove the contents of cupboards or roof spaces, remove any secured panels and hatches or undo any electrical fittings.
If necessary, the surveyor will carry out parts of the survey and inspection while standing at ground level from a public property next door where it is accessible. Your surveyor might use equipment such as binoculars, damp-meter, and a torch.
They might use a ladder for checking flat roofs and for hatches no more than 3 metres above level ground (outside) or floor surfaces (inside) but only if it is safe to do so. Services at the property are usually within the properties construction. Therefore only visible parts of the available services can be inspected.
The surveyors' visual inspection cannot assess the efficiency or safety of electrical, gas or other energy sources. The surveyor will inspect the condition of any boundary walls, fences, permanent outbuildings and shared areas.
The surveyor will give their opinion of the specific market value of the property and the reinstatement cost at that present time.
Home Condition Survey
This type of survey is designed to non-invasively analyse the condition of your residential property, whether you are selling or buying.
It will give you their professional opinion on any significant problems that may affect the asking price of the property or any future repair costs. You can then decide if you're getting a good deal or not.
A Homes Condition Survey (HCS) will identify and explain any issues with your property, including internal, external and essential services inspection.
When you are buying a new property, it's important to commission an independent surveyor to find out if any significant problems may affect the buying price or your ultimate comfort in your new home. A Home Condition Survey will include photographic evidence of all issues, so you can see exactly where your home needs work.
Condition Report: The Condition Report is a survey which includes an inspection of your home. There is also a section which provides you with advice for your Solicitors with a clear summary of the key risks associated with purchasing your new property.
Home Condition Survey
Known previously as a Structural Survey, this type of survey is an in-depth inspection of a property.
It is the most detailed of the surveys available for residential properties. A structural survey will provide you with a thorough evaluation of the property's condition.
The Building Survey report will also describe the state of each element of the house and identify the property's defects.
It will give details of their apparent cause, the urgency of repair, maintenance options and may also include an approximate cost of the repairs.
All building surveys are conducted by our Chartered Surveyors and are regulated by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) our surveyor will inspect all visible and accessible parts of the building, including roofs, floors, walls, doors or windows.
They will also inspect cellars, chimneys, garages and any outbuildings. Surveyors have a legal responsibility to find and inform of you of any significant problems with the property, during the building inspection surveyors will actively search for any potential issues, flaws and building defects.
The surveyor will look into cupboards and maintenance holes and will inspect the services.
However, this does not include the investigation of enclosed or concealed parts of the building, such as sealed roof spaces. Below is a list of what is included in a Building Survey Report.
- Significant and insignificant defects and what they might mean
- Results for damp testing the walls
- Any alterations to supporting walls
- Any damage to the masonry and roof.
- All information on the materials used to build the property and any relevant technical information.
- Recommendations for any further investigations required on the property.
- Renovations that did not have the necessary planning permission
- The presence of any hazardous materials, i.e. asbestos.
- Any evidence of subsidence.
- Any damage to the masonry and roof.
- Damage to any timbers including woodworm and dry rot.
- The closeness of any trees to the property.
- The condition of the existing damp proofing, the insulation and advice on non-tested drainage.
Properties in Maidstone
Maidstone is a town in Kent, England, of which it is the county town. Maidstone is historically essential and lies 32 miles east-south-east of London.
The River Medway runs through the centre of the city and links it with Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Maidstone has a variety of properties including from eras such as the medieval, Tudor and Jacobean.
Maidstone's town has houses and bungalows from the Victorian, Edwardian, the 1920s, 1930s, 1950s and modern era.
Our Building Surveyors use their local knowledge of Maidstone to ensure they deliver an individual homebuyers report to help you decide whether you should move forward with your home move or if you should pull out.
Do you need to find out more about property surveys
If you require a survey on your property, please contact our professional team at Kirk-Brown Ltd.
We will be happy to give you all the information and advice you require for the type of survey you need.
As fully registered chartered RICS surveyors, you can count on us to provide nothing less than the best expert quality service and survey reports for home buyers.