Building Survey Beaconsfield | Oakfield RICS building surveyors

Oakfield Chartered Surveyors for a Building Survey Beaconsfield house buyers can rely on.

Oakfield Chartered Surveyors is a leading independently-owned practice, based in Beaconsfield. We serve clients in Buckinghamshire and across the home counties, as well as in London, helping people to buy their next home with confidence. Our fresh, customer-focused approach means that we tailor our surveying services to suit each client. We will work closely with you to ensure that we deliver the surveying service you need, adding specific aspects for review as required.

 
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What are RICS Beaconsfield Chartered Building Surveyors?

All members of our team of surveyors have accreditation from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors RICS This gives you the assurance that our work is carried out to the highest professional standards. The RICS is recognised around the world for its property and land development and infrastructure standards.

 

Building surveys

Sometimes referred to as a full survey, structural survey or Level 3, a Building Survey gives you a detailed analysis of the state of the property. It must be carried out by an registered surveyor. The outcome of the House Survey is a report detailing any defects found at the property, with recommendations for how quickly repairs need to be carried out, as well as an estimate of associated costs.

When is a Building Survey needed?

You will need to arrange a Building Survey if you are planning to buy an older property. This type of survey is also recommended if the house you are interested in buying has had major work or extensions. Opting for a Building Survey will minimise the risk of structural defects or other major issues going undetected, and can save you money.

Looking for a Building Surveyors Beaconsfield?

We are one of the leading Chartered Surveyors covering London, Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire, Marlow and Oxfordshire and regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality building surveys.
Contact us to discuss your requirements further.

The costs and benefits of a Building Survey

Prices for a Building Survey usually start from around £600. The nature of the property will partly determine the cost, with prices generally increasing for older buildings, the design is complex, or and where non-standard materials have been used in its construction. Investing in a Building Survey now can save you money and stress in the future. If you don’t have a Building Survey carried out on your prospective property, you could incur substantial costs if issues come to light after the purchase has been completed.

Avoiding unnecessary costs

The cost of a Building Survey is a worthwhile investment because it helps you to have a clear understanding of how much work will need to be done to the property. Your Building Survey will include an estimate of costs for remedial work. If this figure is very high, you may decide to abandon the house purchase altogether.

What if the building survey flags up issues with the property?

If the survey reports that there are issues with the property you will have a few options available to you.

  • You can choose to accept the issues and proceed on this basis.
  • You may decide to renegotiate the price to reflect the level of work required.
  • You could ask the seller to rectify the issues prior to exchange.

Lastly, you may decide that the property isn’t for you and walk away from the transaction.

What is included in the Building Survey?

Your Building Survey from Oakfield chartered surveyors will inspect and report on the condition of the walls, roof, windows and doors at the property. Electrical wiring, plumbing, insulation and the damp proof course will also be assessed. If the property has a cellar this will be inspected, as will the garage, where applicable, and any outbuildings.

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Health and Safety in Building Surveys

A Building Survey will also examine other factors which could affect the building. Such factors could include noise pollution, local flood risks, and radon levels. Health and safety aspects, such as whether there are adequate means of escape at the property, may also be reviewed.

What aspects cannot be checked by the building surveyors?

A Building Survey is referred to as non-destructive, meaning that the surveyor is not permitted to remove parts of the building’s structure in order to carry out the assessment. For example, the house surveyor is not entitled to lift floorboards, or cause damage to fixtures and fittings in the property. However, our surveyors will use all non-destructive means possible to conduct a thorough and reliable assessment of the building. We will also detail in the report any suspected defaults which have not been verifiable.

Building Surveys Beaconsfield

We are one of the leading Chartered Surveyors covering London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality building surveys.
Contact us to discuss your requirements further.

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Technology used for surveying

In order to maximise the surveyor’s visibility of the property, we make use of the latest technology, including drones and long-pole cameras. The telescopic camera poles we use can extend up to 15 metres. This allows us to assess areas which could not usually be accessed by surveyors, using detailed imagery captured by the camera. Adopting the latest technology minimises the risk of defects going undetected.

Building Survey timescales

A Building Survey is a very thorough inspection and can take as much as a full day. The timescale will partly be determined by the size and construction of the property. If specific areas of concern have already been identified, we will need to factor in some time to explore these in detail. Once you have instructed us to conduct the survey, we will liaise with the vendor to arrange a mutually convenient time to carry out the work. Once the survey has been completed, we will prepare our report and make that available to you within a few days.

Other surveying services available from Oakfield Chartered Surveyors

The chartered surveyors at Oakfield have extensive experience in the industry and are able to provide a range of building surveys, valuations and reports. For example, if you are buying a house which was built in recent years from standard materials, a Homebuyer report should give an adequate assessment of the property.

Party wall matters

We also have specialist expertise in party wall matters, and can help with resolving related issues. If the property is semi-detached or is an apartment, you may have party wall issues to deal with if you make modifications to your home.

Specific Defect Report

Our Specific Defect Reports are designed to explore a given issue in greater depth than can be done as part of an overall survey.

Contact us for further information about Building Surveys and our other property services

Our team of experienced RICS surveyors is on hand to give you any information and advice you need about the types of surveys available for your Beaconsfield house. Find out how we can adapt our services to suit you and the type of property you plan to buy.

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