Chartered surveyors Ealing residents can rely on

Finding a chartered surveyor can be overwhelming. Whether you’re a homeowner or looking to become one, you want to have peace of mind that your property complies with building regulations. This makes things more straightforward when you or your family eventually sell it or when it comes to buying a new house. In this article, we discuss the process of working with a chartered surveyor, including what they do, the surveys they can provide and how to find a good local chartered surveyor in Ealing.

What do chartered surveyors do?

Whether you want to know the value of a property or you’re planning a renovation project, enlisting the help of a chartered surveyor can help ensure that your project goes as smoothly as possible. The main duty of a surveyor is to provide professional advice on land, property and construction matters. They can do this by providing a building survey or a homebuyer’s report which can help you decide whether to go ahead with a planned purchase, sale or renovation.

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What is a homebuyer report?

A homebuyer report is a visual report carried out by a qualified surveyor. The report will typically include details about the condition of the building, identify defects that might need tending to and which could devalue the property and offer a valuation. Depending on the size of the house and depth of detail (whether Level 1 or 2), this survey could take 1-4 hours to conduct.

What is a building survey?

Level 3 building surveys are a more thorough inspection of the property by a qualified surveyor. They will outline the condition of the property and any repair options. Our Ealing surveyors will also highlight any legal issues with the property, such as planning permission requirements, rights of way or any external risks towards the property such as flooding.

This type of survey is generally recommended to those looking to buy or sell older homes (generally older than 100 years), or for anyone looking to make structural changes to a property. An in-depth building survey helps you to identify the most common risks of owning or changing a building in the future. The survey usually takes a few hours to a full day to complete in enough detail, with a 5-10 day waiting time for it to be received.

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

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality building surveys.
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What does a building survey include?

A buildings survey contains a thorough assessment of the property’s condition and rooms, including notable structural and environmental hazards and defects. A building survey can also look at previous structural work done on the property. For example, if your property had an extension, it will show up in your survey.

Poor ventilation and damp are the most common issues identified in a building survey. Structural movement, electrical and drainage issues and roofing issues can also be serious problems identified in a survey that needs to be addressed.

The surveyor will give you tailored advice for repairs and maintenance, including an estimated cost for these works. If requested, they also provide a valuation report with their report.

What doesn’t a survey include?

Building surveys are a detailed inspection of the property but they focus more on the information about the house’s condition and its risk factors. However, surveyors aren’t able to fully explore the hard-to-reach aspects of the property such as below floorboards. However they do aim to use technology such as drones and telescopic poles to gain as much information as possible.

What is the average cost of a full structural survey?

Due to its depth, the cost of a full structural survey is more than a homebuyer report. Many aspects can affect the price, including the size and value of your property. As a guide, full structural surveys in London usually start at around £1000 to £1500.

Is it worth getting a valuation from a surveyor?

For most of us, buying or selling a property is one of the most important (and expensive) decisions we will ever make. Because it’s a high-value investment, many choose to use a surveyor to help them find out more about the property and its true value.

Having a valuation conducted by a surveyor means you’re more likely to estimate the correct value of the property to avoid second-guessing the market. It also helps ensure the sale goes through much quicker with fewer setbacks. We work alongside estate agents to ensure that this important part of the process is carried out inline the the RICS requirements.

What is a RICS surveyor?

Chartered surveyors are registered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the industry’s governing body. RICS is a UK-based membership organisation that aims to set and uphold agreed global standards in the fields of land ownership, property maintenance and building construction.

A surveyor who is a member of RICS means they have undergone an accredited education and training program and are backed by the governing body. They agree to the professional standards upheld by the organisation and work within best practice guidelines.

Not all surveyors are RICS accredited and those who aren’t registered with RICS are still able to provide valuation and surveying services. However, using a RICS surveyor can give property buyers and lenders more confidence in their valuations and assessments. 

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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.

How to choose a surveyor

If you’re looking to purchase a property, take a look at these steps for how to choose a surveyor with confidence:
As we’ve already discussed, one of the best starting points in your search is to look for a RICS accredited surveyor to assist you with your survey. This accreditation gives you peace of mind that the surveyor meets certain standards of education and training, and they have passed exams that test their knowledge and abilities. To confirm whether a surveyor is RICS registered, you can also check their RICS regulation number. This is a registered professional number that proves they have passed their examinations and are sufficiently trained in their field.
The most important thing to ask about when choosing a surveyor is how long they’ve been practising and the kinds of property and areas they are experienced in surveying. Ideally, seek to engage a surveyor who has at least two years of experience. If they’re RICS registered, they will already have a minimum of 2 years of experience. When discussing their experience and your needs, check if they have previously surveyed any properties similar to yours. This might include those with specific access or building restrictions which your property might have.
Shop around and compare prices from multiple surveyors before choosing one. You should also consider whether or not any hidden fees might be included in their quote. Be wary of services that seem too cheap or too expensive as these can be a false economy to bring in business and may mean the search isn’t as thorough as it should be. Also, don’t forget about taxes and other charges that may not be included in your quote. It might be a good idea to get an average quote from several different companies so that you can compare them all easily. When discussing their experience and your needs, check if they have previously surveyed any properties similar to yours. This might include those with specific access or building restrictions which your property might have.
Before deciding on a chartered surveyor, try to find out what you can about their reputation. You might find this through online reviews, testimonials or case studies. If they have any complaints or negative reviews, be sure to check out the company’s response and see how they resolved the issue.
A surveyor with good working knowledge of your local area is invaluable. They are used to the building history of properties in that area and any particular issues related to the climate or geography. This means they bring a level of insight that someone from further afield might not have.

How do I find a good local surveyor in Ealing?

These tips can help you find a reputable local surveyor:

Ask for recommendations from friends and family: Word of mouth is one way in which you can find a surveyor with a good reputation in Ealing. Ask your contacts if they have already worked with a local surveyor in Ealing and are happy to recommend one.

Use social media: Many people use social media to share their experiences with local surveyors so it’s worth taking a look at what people are saying about them.

Schedule consultations: Booking a consultation will give you the chance to ask questions about their qualifications, experience, timescale and costs.

Should you choose an independent surveyor or a larger firm?

You may have heard that independent surveyors are a better choice than those that are part of a large corporation. While it’s true that some companies are unable to offer the same level of personalised service as an independent contractor, there are many benefits to choosing a large firm, especially if you choose well. Here’s what to consider with each:

Benefits of an independent surveyor

One benefit of working with an independent surveyor is that they can provide a more personalised service. As they are not tied to a specific lender or developer, they can offer you impartial advice and a more comprehensive range of services and products than those offered by some other companies.

Independent surveyors usually also have a lot of knowledge about a local area, especially compared to larger nationwide companies, because they have grown their practice in this area. This puts you in a good position to get a more accurate valuation. However, it does mean that you are likely to wait for longer to work with an individual as they have fewer available resources, which could hold up your property sale.

Benefits of a surveyor firm

A larger company typically has a larger team of surveyors who tend to have more qualifications and experience. In addition, larger firms can afford to buy more expensive equipment and hire better technicians, which means they can offer higher-quality reports and make more accurate measurements at a faster pace.

Another benefit is efficiency. If you need an inspection done quickly, an independent surveyor might not be able to accommodate you whereas larger companies often have more resources available for these situations.

When you’re choosing between companies, it’s best to work with a local firm of RICS surveyors that operates independently, like Oakfield. They are able to give you impartial advice tailored to your area. That means you get the best of both worlds of partnering with a larger company with additional resources and the personal touch of working with an independent surveyor.

How Oakfield can help

If you’re ready to move forward with a survey on your property, Oakfield Chartered Surveyors Ealing can help. We are independently owned, providing RICS surveying and valuation services in Ealing, Ealing Broadway and across west London. If you’re looking for professional advice and a personalised service to walk you through the buying and selling process, speak to one of our team and request a quote today.

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