Building Surveys from Shorttle Associates -
Chartered Building Surveyors

Buying a property is probably the largest financial investment you are likely to make. A professional survey, carried out by a Chartered Building Surveyor will help you reach an informed decision about the overall condition of a property.

It is important to recognise that a Mortgage Valuation Report is usually prepared on behalf of the mortgage lender and as such, serves to establish only the value and type of the property.

We can offer 2 main types of pre-acquisition survey:

RICS HOMEBUYER SURVEY & VALUATION

This is produced to a standard format and is designed specifically for particular types of residential property, which are both conventional in type and construction and which appear to be in reasonable condition. It focuses on urgent or significant problems, which are likely to affect the value of the property. This form of survey also includes a professional opinion as to the present market value of the property.


BUILDING SURVEY

This form of survey is suitable for all types of property and provides a much more detailed assessment of both construction and condition.
A Building Survey Report will include extensive technical information relating to a property and will consider those defects and problems which are likely to affect the both market value and the future maintenance of the property.

A building survey report would not normally include a valuation, unless agreed otherwise.

OTHER FORMS OF SURVEYS UNDERTAKEN:


SCHEDULES OF DILAPIDATIONS

Acting for either landlord or tenant, we can provide professional advice and prepare and, if appropriate, contest interim or terminal schedules of dilapidations. A Schedule of Dilapidations enforces the repairs clauses. We can act for either the landlord or tenant in negotiations

SCHEDULES OF CONDITION

If you take on a commercial lease, you are responsible for repairs. A Building Survey will tell you what you are taking on. A Schedule of Condition may save you from taking on more than you need to We can prepare detailed schedules of condition to record the condition of a property prior to works commencing or occupation under a lease.

CONDITION SURVEYS

Condition surveys can be used to establish both current and future maintenance liabilities for a building and using this information; we can advise and assist in the preparation and administration of planned maintenance programmes.

MEASURED & LEVEL SURVEYS

We are able to undertake fully detailed measured and level surveys of both buildings and sites and present record information in either digital or paper formats.

SINGLE ISSUE SURVEYS

Single Issue Surveys may be required in the following circumstances: