building surveys - residential building surveyors

James Flynn are a leading surveyors with offices in London and Surrey. We specialise in all aspects of building surveys and have extensive experience working with clients throughout London, Surrey and wider surrounding areas. At James Flynn we understand that property is expensive whether itís a house, flat or business premises. You simply cannot afford to make mistakes. Your solicitor will guide you around the legal pitfalls but a number of practical matters should be investigated.

It is sensible to find out all you can about the property you intend to buy or lease.

  • Is it properly built?

  • Does it need extensive repair?

  • Are maintenance costs going to be high?

Do not forget that, even with a flat or office suite you may be responsible for a share of the cost of repairing the whole building. The only way to find out about the structural condition is to have a building survey carried out by an expert building surveyor.

At worst, serious defects may be found and at best you will have the peace of mind of knowing that the building is sound.  Many clients, armed with the full facts are able to negotiate for work to be done or the price to be reduced.  Others are prevented from making a costly or ill advised purchase.  The report can also be used to plan future maintenance.

Are both the Survey and the Mortgage Valuation necessary?

Yes.  It is important to appreciate that a valuation is not a building survey.  The sole purpose of the valuation inspection is to ensure that the loan can be recovered by selling the property if necessary.  The valuer is not required to carry out a building survey.  Most mortgage valuers do not have experience in carrying out such surveys.

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The different types of survey:

Mortgage Valuation

This is a report on the value of the property for your bank.  It is not a report on the condition of your property.

Homebuyers Survey and Valuation

This is a standardised report on condition which includes a valuation.  It is intended for small modern houses and flats which have not been altered, extended, converted or suffered any structural damage.

Building Survey

This is the industry standard report. It is 'bespoke' rather than 'standard'.  It is suitable for all types of residential and commercial property including period, historic and listed buildings and those which have been altered.

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How much will it cost?

The cost of a survey depends upon the time taken and this varies depending upon the age and type of property.  We shall give a fixed fee quotation over the telephone and in writing.

What does a building surveyor do?

We look at every part of the property which is readily accessible and give a detailed report.

The report will tell you whether the property is structurally sound and if any cracks are significant.  It will comment on the condition of the roof and rainwater pipes and let you know if the property is dry and weather tight.  It will mention any rising dampness or lack of pointing allowing water to penetrate walls.

Many purchasers are most concerned about woodworm and dry rot.  Depending upon how much of the timber we are able to inspect, we will comment on any problems found and put their seriousness into perspective.  If we feel that investigations should be made, where we are unable to inspect on our first visit, then we will tell you so.

The plumbing will be examined as far as possible and we will comment on the tanks, cisterns and other items which might cause trouble soon after purchase.

In short, the report will enable you to make decisions about the property before you commit yourself to purchase and afterwards will help you to plan the repairs and maintenance.  Remember however, that we cannot take the property to pieces and look at every part.  We shall advise you if there are any telltale signs which might be a clue to more major defects, and if there is something important which we could not inspect.

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Heating, Electrical Wiring etc.

We make a visual inspection of the services when carrying out a survey, but surveyors are not experts in these fields.  We can arrange for special tests of the services on your behalf with electrical engineers, heating engineers, plumbers, etc, if required.

Cost of repairs

Our report will give a rough guide to the costs of essential repairs recommended.  However builders estimates can vary enormously and we recommend that fixed price quotations be obtained prior to purchase.

How long does a survey take?

We can normally inspect a property within a few days of receiving your instructions if access is available.  We recommend waiting for our written report before you commit to purchase.

James Flynn Surveyors?

We are an independent firm of surveyors and have been advising clients on all aspects of property value and condition since 1980 from our offices in London, Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent.  We mainly cover the London and South East region but travel further afield when this is requested.

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