Building surveys

Building surveys conducted by Chartered Building Surveyors, including pre-acquisition full structural surveys.

A building survey, sometimes called a structural survey or full building survey, is an inspection and assessment of the construction and condition of a building and does not include advice on its market value. A building survey is usually required prior to purchase or taking a lease. It may also be required prior to starting building work or in connection with a Planning Application to demonstrate that the building is capable of being altered or extended for a particular purpose.

We do not offer 'HomeBuyer" surveys because we do not undertake that kind of valuation work.

We have experience in most types of building construction found in residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural and educational buildings, including historic and contemporary forms.

As Chartered Surveyors the survey will be carried out and the report prepared by one of our qualified and experienced surveyors. It will generally include the structural elements, fabric, finishes and grounds. We do not usually include the exposure or testing of services but can often arrange this if required.

The extent of the survey and report will be agreed in advance including whether advice is required on the cost of repairs. We will take note of any particular concerns you express beforehand and will comment on any proposed alterations and improvements if requested. The report will usually detail the visible defects and other deficiencies and give guidance on appropriate remedial measures or maintenance. Photographs and sketches will be included as necessary to illustrate particular points.

The report may recommend that an elemental or specialist defect investigation is undertaken or other specialist advice is obtained relating to specific issues.

The survey will not normally include intrusive investigation of materials or the structure, or inaccessible or hidden areas, unless agreed in advance with the building owner.

For most building surveys we will be able to agree a fixed fee in advance so call now for a free quotation.

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Please contact us if you would like more information on our services or a fee quotation.

Featured Projects

  • Commercial building surveys

    Industrial Unit Christchurch

    As part of our clients plan to bring together a number of subsidiary group companies in one location they looked to take an FRI lease on these Units comprising a total of 2,200 m²
  • Commercial building surveys

    Office Barn Conversion, Newbury

    This historic Grade II Listed Building was converted to office use some years ago. Our client was proposing to take a new 10-year full repairing and insuring lease and was concerned that with a building of such age that their liability, both during and at the end of the term, might be financially significant.
  • Commercial building surveys

    Restaurant, Kingsclere

    This village restaurant, located in a Grade II Listed building, comprised a restaurant of 115 m², trade kitchen, cellar, stores, and six staff bedrooms with associated domestic accommodation.
  • Commercial building surveys

    Business Park, Hungerford

    This detached commercial building with B1(b)/(c) use was built in the 1990’s for the seller. In total the building offered 2,600 m² (28,000 sq.ft.) of floor space of which 910 m² (9,800 sq.ft.) was office accommodation.
  • Commercial building surveys

    Business Park Office Unit Newbury

    This modernist designed office building with striking fully glazed elevations shaded by Briese Soleil was offered on a 15-year FRI lease with the expectation that the landlord would put the property in repair prior to the commencement of the term.
  • Residential building surveys

    Former Victorian Cottage, Thatcham

    Originally a two-up two-down Victorian cottage this house has undergone significant alteration and extension over the past 100 years and is now a substantial 4-bedroom house.