What is a Building Survey?
A building survey is a comprehensive ‘health-check’ on a building. It is often done before purchasing an older building or renovating / extending one that you already own. The surveyor will examine all parts of the building that are easily accessible. Water and electric tests will not be part of the survey though the surveyor may comment if further tests by an appropriately qualified professional would be beneficial.
You can also ask for specific areas to be looked at in more detail. A Building Survey is fairly detailed and could save you money by alerting you to major defects. The survey may include details of timber condition, damp, drainage and how the building has been constructed. It will not provide a valuation. If this is something you would like, you must ask for this as an additional survey.
There are several different types of survey so if you are not sure what you need it is best to ask a surveyor and they will be able to advise you.
What is a Full Structural Survey?
Full Structural Surveys is another name for Building Survey. Many people use the term ‘Full Structural Survey’ and a surveyor will know what you mean if you are more comfortable using this terminology.
Who is qualified to carry out a Building Survey?
Normally, a Surveyor who is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) will undertake the survey. You will know the Surveyor is a member of RICS if they use MRIC or FRICS after their name. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors help maintain professional standards within the surveying profession.
Another body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of building construction is the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). Professionally qualified members will have the letters MCABE or FCABE after their names.
There is also the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) . Their members work in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. Chartered members will have the letters MCIOB or FCIOB after their names.
It should be noted that registered Architects also sometimes carry out surveys.
You may come across surveyors who have different qualifications and accreditation - it is your responsibility to check the surveyor you choose has suitable qualifications, experience and insurance to carry out the work you require to a satisfactory standard.
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