Japanese Knotweed – every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Not only is it virtually indestructible, but most mortgage lenders will refuse to finance a property that has knotweed within seven metres of its walls – meaning that you can never escape. If you’re looking at a property and your HomeBuyer Survey has identified Japanese Knotweed growing in […]
Chartered Surveyors Covering South Devon
Unlike some firms we are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to ensure we are delivering the high standard of service expected by the profession and that we are compliant with the RICS requirements for Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) and Complaints Handling Procedure (CHP) should anything go wrong.
The most popular survey in the UK, the HomeBuyer Survey (level 2) is endorsed by RICS, this type of report is ideal for conventional homes that are less than 50 years old and in generally good repair.
Formerly known as a ‘full structural survey’, Building Surveys provide in-depth inspection of period properties, unusual building materials, especially large homes and structures that show indications of damage or decay.
H&S Surveyors offer professional valuations of residential properties across Devon, delivering concise reports for matrimonial purposes, tax calculations, probate and more for a private and commercial clients.
Why get a home survey?
Many homeowners underestimate the value of commissioning a report of their prospective new home. In some cases, this is due to not understanding the benefits of a property survey, while others mistakenly believe that their mortgage valuation will tell them about any defects.
Having a survey is the only way to get a professional opinion about the condition of the building you are about to buy. Even if you think the property is sound, surveyors are trained to spot the symptoms of a problem that typically go missed by the average person, potentially allowing you to save thousands in unexpected repair costs when you move in. In fact, a RICS survey determined that 1 in 5 buyers without a survey ended up spending £5,750 in remedial work once they moved in.
A comprehensive survey will help you determine the true value of any property so that you can make an informed decision about proceeding.
Choosing the Right Survey
At H&S Surveyors, we offer two types of property survey endorsed by RICS: the HomeBuyer Survey and the Building Survey. To get the most value out of your report, it’s essential that you choose the most appropriate survey for your property. For example, a HomeBuyer Survey is suited to the majority of properties in the UK but will not go into enough detail to fully understand the condition of a listed building or period home. A Building Survey is highly detailed and offers a comprehensive review of a property’s construction and maintenance requirements, but it may be excessive for a conventional home that seems to be in good repair.
Meet the team
Our Surveyors All our qualified surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. They are experienced in residential survey and valuation. Each surveyor's operational area is limited to ensure that each report is prepared by someone with local knowledge. Arrange a survey monitors the surveyors' professional indemnity insurance to ensure that should problems arise our