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Residential Surveys

A building can be a costly responsibility and you should know its condition and potential drawbacks before purchase or agreeing to lease. A survey report will give the information that you need and can be used as a basis for negotiation with the vendor or landlord.

It is important for you to be aware of any deficiencies in the building and how these affect future use and any liabilities you might have during, or at the end of, the lease.

Our house and flat surveys are tailored to your requirements to take account of the proposed use and commercial needs. Reports can be prepared for pre-purchase, condition and disposal uses.

Building Surveys

A detailed inspection of the property is made by a Chartered Building Surveyor. All visible defects will be reported upon and, where possible, the cause diagnosed and recommendations for repair given. If you want to extend or alter the property, tell us about your plans before we carry out the survey and we can give advice on the proposals.

You might be purchasing the freehold of a property either for occupation or investment, taking over an existing lease or negotiating a new lease.

As part of Carter Fielding’s service, we:

  • Assess the needs of the client;
  • Consider the extent of the investigations to be made, advise on the limitations of the agreed inspection; and
  • Undertake an impartial and professional assessment of the property and its condition, and report in detail to provide a balanced professional opinion

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Reports on Specific Defects

Failure to maintain buildings often has significant consequences on condition and performance resulting in expensive and disruptive emergency maintenance. We have strong technical knowledge of building construction, component failures and appropriate repair techniques. Our inspections diagnose defects, specify repairs and give maintenance advice on which cost effective decisions can be made.

Home Buyer & Condition Reports

We no longer undertake RICS branded reports. We have developed our own Home Purchase Report that identifies major problems with and comments on overall condition. Our report does not include a valuation. We consider that these reports are more suited to houses and flats built since 1950.

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Snagging List

A detailed snagging list is often prepared to highlight defects in a new property, which can then be given to the developer for them to rectify or in order to renegotiate the price of the property.


We do not undertake market valuations.

Reinstatement Costs

For an extra charge we can provide an estimate of building reinstatement costs for insurance purposes with a Building Survey and Home Purchase Report. Separate Reinstatement Cost Reports can also be prepared for any building.