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Which Survey Is Right For Me?
There are several options when choosing to employ a Chartered Surveyor. Broadly speaking, Ernest Hawk offer a two tiered system of home survey - The Concise Survey and the RICS HomeBuyers Report.
The "entry level" survey is our Concise Survey. In the Concise Survey report we provide a brief description of what the property is and how it has been constructed at the start. We then deal with important specific items such as Legal Matters and Environmental Factors. We describe the property’s accommodation and comment on potentially significant defects such as Structural Movement, Dampness and Timber Defects. We include specific headed sections on the Services and comment on the likely thermal performance of the property. We highlight any obvious works that may have required Building Regulations and/or Planning Permission and finally we provide two numbered lists of defect items under the headings ‘Essential Repairs’ and 'General Repairs'. The report is then summarised in a short Overall Opinion. This is followed by our opinion of the Market Value and an Insurance Reinstatement Cost Valuation.
It is not as in depth as the HomeBuyers Report, in that it does not describe each element of the building and its style and construction, but only refers to it, if a specific defect has been noted. Download a sample Concise Survey here. (PDF)
RICS HomeBuyers Report
The RICS HomeBuyers Report is more detailed, describing each element of the property and noting the condition by way of a helpful 'traffic light' system. The report is slightly more expensive than our Concise Survey. At Ernest Hawk Chartered Surveyors, we believe in giving our clients the best possible value for money. The HBR is priced very competitively yet we always endeavour to provide our Clients with much more information, which is based upon vast practical experience. We will happily email and post a copy of the finished report to you and email it to your Solicitor.
Once the report is completed (usually within 3 days, subject to access), the Chartered Surveyor carrying out the inspection will be happy to discuss any aspects of the report with you in cases where you may be unsure about something.
Download a sample RICS HomeBuyers Report here. (PDF)
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