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Having an Independent Building Survey when buying a house

When buying a house/home we would always recommend that you have a building survey, also known as a structural survey carried out by a qualified independent building surveyor prior to legally committing to purchase the property.

Highly Qualified Independent Building Surveyors

All our building surveyors are Chartered Surveyors and are Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and also Members of the Independent Surveyors and Valuers Association (ISVA).


What does being Independent actually mean?

We are independent building surveyors, meaning, unlike many other surveyors, we are not owned by a mortgage company, building society, bank or estate agency. Our surveyors therefore work solely for you, offering you the best property advice that is in your interest and not the interest of others.


A Building Survey is expensive, can't I do without one?

Buying a house is one of, if not the most, expensive purchases you will make and you need to make sure you are buying the right house for you and not one that will become a money pit. You woudn't test drive a car without test driving it first, so why would you buy a house, at far greater expense, without having an Independent Building Survey?

How do I book a survey?

It's easy either:-

Free phone 0800 298 5424

or fill in our no obligation Quick Quote form


Specialist Photography and Survey Sketches

We take photographs of the house during the survey, both externally and internally. We also have a 360 degree camera to take aeriel photos of places we cannot normally access, i.e. tops of chimneys and roofs. We also use ovals and circles to emphasise particular points.

There is also the option to have thermal imaging of the property if you so wish. This will shop up heat loss, which can be a problem particularly with older houses.

We also have a catelogue of unique survey sketches that we use in our survey reports to help explain a particular point or problem.


Valley gutter 360 photo

Aeriel view - 360 photo

Thermal image photo of a Tudor house

Thermal image photo of a Tudor house - red shows the heat loss



Building Surveying Articles

We have literally thousands of surveying articles to help you that we as building surveyors have produced over the years which explain the problems that can occur from having the wrong type of survey and which explain exactly what mortgage surveyors do as opposed to independent building surveyors or structural surveyors. Below are a selection but to see more go to


Building Surveys or Structural Surveys


Buying and Selling Victorian and Edwardian Houses


Cheap Building Surveys, or being wrongly advised by your Building Surveyor


Estimating Building Costs


Get a Survey Quote


House Survey, Building Survey or Historic Building Survey


How long does it take to do a good Building Survey?


Mortgage Surveyors won't do a building survey or should that be can't do a

building survey


Pre Sales Survey


Residential Surveys


Should l have a Homebuyer's Report on a modern property?


Surveys Quick


What is a Building Survey?


What type of building survey or structural survey or building report do I need?


Why Have a Residential Survey?


Why Have One Of Our Surveys?


Why Use Us?


Do you have an example of one of your Survey Reports?

You can download one of our example survey reports from our website or we can email or send you a copy. Freephone us on 0800 298 5424.


Why are Building Survey Reports are different from other Surveyors Reports

We have over twenty years surveying experience and pride ourselves on our comprehensive and easy to read Survey Reports.

We explain any property problems we find in an Executive Summary, which is broken down into The Good, The Bad and The Ugly! We offer you solutions as to how to fix any issues with the house and an anticipated cost for any works, we do recommend you get three separate quotes for any works to be sure you are getting the right service at the right price.

Trickle vent above window

Sketch of a trickle vent in a window


This concrete is the top of underpinning of a property

Sketch of concrete underpinning


Freephone us on 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat

We are more than happy to chat with you about this. Please Freephone 0800 298 5424 to speak to a Building Surveyor or to get a Survey Quote.


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We have thousands of free property articles to help you - or call us freephone on 0800 298 5424

We have been working in the property industry for many years and have been
providing free property articles for over ten years. All for free and to help you with buying your next property.

House and Home Surveys and Useful Information

All you need to know about Building Surveys

Building Control, what do they do?

Designers and Architects will they save me money or will they cost me money

Enviroment, Your Building and Garden Gnomes

Estate Agents help sell houses and work for the vendors

Have a Structural Survey to protect you against structural problems

Home improvements, builder problems and ideas for you on how to solve them

How a Surveyor values a property, Chartered Surveyors and Regulated Valuers

How Chartered Engineers and Building Engineers can help you

Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

NHBC National House Building Council

Structural Surveys and How We Can Help You

Traditional and Non-Traditional Houses and Mortgage Problems

Valuations and how much is the building worth?

Whats the difference between a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Surveyor and an Independent Surveyor

Useful property problem articles by Chartered Surveyors explaining building issues to avoid

External - Helpful information on building problems on the outside of the property

Chimney issues and problems

Cracking and Movement Problems and Surveying Solutions

Flat Roof Problems, how we can solve them

Foundations and Structures and Settlement and Subsidence and Underpinning

Pitched Roofs Problems and Solutions

Roof Problems

Wall Problems

Windows and Doors and Fascias and Soffits and Wet Rot and Dry Rot and other problems

Internal - House problems we have investigated inside

All you ever need to know about floors

Asbestos in your home, what you need to know

Ceiling Cracks and Structural Problems

Condensation, Damp and Black Mould Problems

Cracking and Movement Problems and Surveying Solutions

Windows and Doors and Fascias and Soffits and Wet Rot and Dry Rot and other problems

Woodworm is it a problem or not? Is it active or not?

Services - Building help and advice on costly services

Drainage, what's underground can affect what's above ground

Heating; I just can't get my house warm enough or alternatively I just can't get my house cool enough

You can't mess around with the electric, you need an expert


Commercial Property Services

Building Terms Explained and Directories

Commercial Property Surveys

Commercial Structural Surveys

Leisure Facilites

Offices Large and Small

Shops and Retail

Warehouse and Industrial Buildings

Dilapidations Help and Advice What is a Dilapidations Notice?

A Beginner's Guide to Dilaps

Damp Mould and Condensation

Dampness Rising Damp Mould Black Mould Condensation

Dilapidations and Negotiations

Dilapidations Claim by a Landlord

Energy Saving what can I do?

Finance what is a Financial Adviser (We are not Financial Advisors)

Fire Risk and Help

Health and Safety Risks

Insurance how do I get the correct property insurance?

Landlords Surveying Advice

Property Investment how can I invest in property?

Property TV Reviews by an Independent Surveyor

Schedules of Condition Leasing a Commercial Property

Scotts Schedule and Section 18 Valuation

Tenants Surveying Advice

Weather how does weather affect my property?



Snow and Ice

Strong Winds

Reviews from clients on Commercial Building Surveys

Churches and Charities, helpful reviews from our clients

Industrial Buildings and Warehouses and what our clients say about us

Offices Large and Small, reviews and feedback from our clients

Pubs, Restaurants, Hotels and other Leisure facilities we have surveyed over the years

Shops and Retail, helpful reviews from our clients


First Time Buyers

Buying a Leasehold or Shared Freehold Home

Buying and Selling Houses for the experienced house and home purchaser

First Time Buyers how do I go about buying my first house and home?

Improve your property knowledge with our presentations on house, homes and commercial property

Building Surveys

Building Surveying Useful Information


Dilapidations Presentations in Detail

Final Year Building Surveying Exams for University Students or those that would like to know more

How old is your Building? Which era was it built in?

Party Walls

Surveyors and Design Tools

Disputes and Party Walls

Boundary Disputes

Building and Property Disputes

Party Wall Book Reviews

Party Walls Your Rights and Responsibilities

1stAssociated Surveyors Review for Structural Surveys and Building Surveys

Building Surveys, reviews and feedback from satisfied customers

Buy to let property clients, what they say about our structural surveys

Buying at auction, review of the survey

Buying bungalows and retirement properties and how our surveyors can help

Both at work / busy couples, how we can help and some 1stAssociated client reviews

Families with a young person flying the nest, reviews and feedback

First Time Buyers, what they say about us

Listed buildings, structural surveys

Older buildings, a review of buying an older house

Families with children looking for a new home, feedback and reviews

Buying a Non-Traditional Property

Residential Surveys

House and Home Surveys

Commercial Building Surveys

Commercial Surveys

1st Associated Surveyors Are Also Available in the Following Areas:

East Anglia and East

South and South East

West Country and South West


North and North East



London Markets

London Parks



Areas of Britain

1stAssociated Independent Expert Property Surveyors

Specialists in Home Buyers Reports, Building Surveys and Structural Surveys and Schedules of Condition

All Surveyors are Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors qualified and RICS regulated

and are Members of the Independent Surveyors and Valuers Association

Putting the Client First

We do not accept service of documents by email or fax