Different types of buildings and properties require different kinds of surveys. Fairhurst Estates outline the benefits of a Building Survey and Schedule of Condition.
It’s both important and advantageous to find which is the most suitable for your requirements. We are often asked by clients purchasing properties if they should pay for a survey or schedule of condition. Our short answer is “yes” in nearly all cases, and there are several reasons why.
What Does a Survey Typically Entail?
Establishing the boundaries of your property is likely the first thing a professional surveyor will do. The extent of the property will be documented on the survey along with the location of structures in relation to property lines, as well as any utility easements on the land. Fences, paths and driveways are all site features that will be inspected.
A surveyor will also look into whether the property has the appropriate zoning classification for how you intend to utilise your property.
For the building itself, a survey will include an inspection of every accessible, exposed, and visible area of the building. Foundations and floors will be assessed, along with doors and window frames. Damp levels and potential issues such as dry and wet rot will also be addressed. Gas, electricity, central heating, drainage and plumbing systems will be visually inspected but not generally tested.