Home Condition Surveys
Houses can be money pits and buying a house is a major investment – so the homebuyer really needs to be able to make an informed decision. This is where the Home Condition Survey (HCS) comes in.
The HCS is a clear and concise and jargon free report on the condition of a domestic property. The surveyor gives a cost effective service and will inspect and report on the property quickly, allowing the homebuyer to make a speedy and informed decision.
Delivered by specially trained and fully accredited residential property surveyors, the HCS gives the buyer a plain English, jargon-free report on the condition of the property using a simple 1,2,3 rating guide, so it is easy to understand any risks or unforeseen expenditure that could crop up.
Buying a house can be stressful and it is not always in the seller’s best interests
to be fully open about its quirks and idiosyncrasies. The HCS tells the buyer
about any aspects of the property that need urgent attention or which present serious faults, as well as any longer term repairs that a home owner might have to plan for.
The HCS can only be produced by fully qualified and accredited members of SAVA – an organisation which trains and accredits the work of surveyors. Homebuyers can be assured of a comprehensive report produced by a professional, trustworthy individual.
The aim of the HCS is to make the home survey process quicker, easier and more cost-effective for homebuyers – something that is now more important than ever.
The full Home Condition Survey covers all elements of a property including those covered on a Basic Condition Survey plus Dampness.
Our Full Home Condition Survey is a survey which includes entering the loft space to check the structure supporting the roof and to check for any damp around chimneys etc.
Externally, we carry out visual examination of the property, at higher levels using binoculars, checking the roof coverings, chimneys and gutters. At lower levels,
a close-up check around windows and doors and of the render. Also inspection covers to manholes are lifted and toilets flushed to check the drains are flowing freely.
Internally, the same attention is given to the internal aspects of the property, checking for areas of damp, making sure windows and doors close and latch properly, turning on taps, flushing toilets, running showers etc.
A reinstatement figure will be calculated, for the cost of rebuilding the property following extensive damage, which is for insurance purposes.
The report would be issued in electronic format (pdf) using the SAVA (Surveyors and Valuers Association) template and condition rating system, generally 2-5 days after the inspection is completed.
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"Thank you very much for the thorough and detailed survey report. We are still taking in all the information and we'll then decide on our next plan of action. Thank you again and Best Wishes"
Michael and Pamela Walker