What is a Building Survey?
A Building Survey is a report for clients who are seeking a professional opinion based on a detailed assessment of a property.
On receipt of a Building Survey, you should have all the information you need to make a decision on purchasing a property.
The Building Survey Service is delivered in accordance with the Home Survey Standard (1st edition) RICS Professional Statement and is equivalent to Survey Level Three. Please see our Documents section for the full definition of each Survey Level.
What is inspected in a Building Survey?
The service consists of a detailed inspection of the building, the services, and the grounds of a property. Services are not tested but they are observed in normal operation.
What is included within the Building Survey report?
The report describes the form of construction and materials used for each element of the property. It also describes the condition of elements and assesses the importance of defects.
The report will also identify potential risks or hidden defects in areas not inspected, propose the most probable causes of defects, outline the scope of remedial work required and consequences of non-repair, and make general recommendations in respect of the priority and likely timescales for necessary works.
Further investigations may be recommended where the surveyor feels unable to reach the necessary conclusions with reasonable confidence, however within a Building Survey, referrals are considered to be the exception rather than the rule.
We regret that we are unable to include repair costing within the report.
What properties are suitable for a Building Survey?
A Building Survey will suit any domestic residential property in any condition.
What is the fee for the Building Survey Service?
All our fees are based on the agreed Purchase Price of the property.
Why choose Pinnacle Surveyors?
Our surveyors have extensive experience of carrying out Building Surveys in line with RICS requirements. Our nationwide coverage ensures that the Building Survey will be carried out by a local surveyor who has a detailed knowledge of the local property market. Our admin team will be in touch with you through every stage of the process, from initial contact through to sending out the report.
Our turnaround time between carrying out the inspection and providing you with the completed report is 7-10 working days, however you will often receive the report sooner than this. If you require your report urgently, please let us know and we will do what we can to speed the process up.
Where can I get more information?
To discuss using Pinnacle Surveyors to provide your Building Survey, please contact our admin team on 01332 830202 (Option 2) who will be happy to help and provide further information. Alternatively, fill out the Contact Us form and we will be in touch in due course.
Please note that not all our surveyors undertake Building Surveys. Use our interactive Offices Map to find your local office and see what services they offer.