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    Building Surveys

    Suitable for large, older or run-down properties, buildings that have been significantly altered, or if you’re planning major works.

    Your building survey will provide you with an in-depth analysis of the property’s condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options. The survey will examine all accessible parts of the property and any specific areas you require the surveyor to investigate. The building survey is suitable for all types of property and is ideal if the property has been altered or extended, or if you are planning significant alterations.

    The main details of the building survey will include:

    • Structural assessment which will identify any signs of subsidence.
    • Assessment of all major and minor defects, and the implications thereof.
    • Estimated cost of the remedial repairs.
    • Inspection for signs of dampness and recommendations for any further action.
    • An inspection of accessible timber elements for signs of wood rot (including dry-rot fungal attack) and wood boring beetle infestation.
    • Assessment of the adequacy of damp proofing, insulation provisions and of the visual condition of the drains.
    • Photos of any areas of significant concern.
    • Technical explanation of the type of property and how it was constructed alongside what inherent defects are associated with different methods of construction used over the years.
    Sample Report: Please click on the icon below to view a sample building survey.

    SWLS Example Building Survey pdf
    Adobe Acrobat document [1.2 MB]

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    RICS HomeBuyer Reports

    Suitable for conventional houses or apartments, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition.

    The homebuyer report allows for a general inspection of the main elements of the property although in less detail than a Building Survey. Indeed, it is intended to be the economy version of a Building Survey. It is designed to provide a general appraisal of the condition of a property identifying significant defects which may affect the value of the premises.

    SWLS Example Homebuyer Report


    pdfSWLS Example Homebuyer Report.pdf
    Adobe Acrobat document [938.7 KB]

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    Valuations

    Independent valuations that you can rely on; including for Help to Buy loans and for Inland Revenue purposes.

    You should never just rely on the mortgage valuation report when you buy a property. The valuation report is not a survey and will not tell you if there are any specific problems with the building. At SWL our surveyors will provide you with a realistic valuation of what they feel the property is worth. We have years of experience in the South West London area, and our surveyors are aware of the market trends.