A wide range of property types, from country homes to stylish apartments and new build properties mean that West Sussex is as diverse as it is attractive. If you are considering buying property in the county, hiring the services of a respected West Sussex chartered surveyor is highly recommended.
Whether you require a full building survey or a simple Home Buyer Report, ensuring you are aware of the nitty-gritty details of your chosen property should be a high priority. A chartered surveyor in West Sussex who knows the area and has vast experience of the different properties on the market is the best option for ensuring you are making the right decision before handing over your money.
Home Buyer Reports and Building Surveys in West Sussex
Robinson Elliott Chartered Surveyors in West Sussex perform a comprehensive range of services for residential clients in the county. Our main services are:
- Home Buyer Reports
- Building Defects Reports
- Building Surveys
What kind of property survey do I need?
The type of property survey you will need depends on the type of property you are purchasing. There are exceptions to the rule but, in general, the following apply:
Home Buyer Reports are sufficient for new builds or recently built homes. For larger properties, a West Sussex chartered surveyor would recommend a full structural building survey.
A Building Survey Report is a much more comprehensive survey, which goes into detail about every aspect of the building and grounds. This is important in order to establish any areas which may require work, enabling you to work out the financial implications of purchasing the property and to negotiate a reasonable price, where necessary.
Whenever you require a more detailed solution than a Home Buyer Report, a Building Survey is usually the preferential option. However, you could also opt for a Building Defects Report. This will focus on specific issues in the property, and include a full diagnostic survey and defect appraisal. The Report will also offer you detailed recommendations for repair.
What do your West Sussex Chartered Surveyors do?
When conducting a survey, our Chartered Surveyors will examine the interior and exterior of the property. For a full structural Building Survey, this will also include an assessment of the interior loft space, exterior roof, cellars, party walls and the property boundaries.
Following the inspection, we will issue a Building Survey Report. This includes an expert commentary, detailing all relevant aspects of the property and its grounds. Areas such as subsidence, infestation, dilapidation and rot will be highlighted, with suggestions for repair and future maintenance.
Our years of experience working in the West Sussex property market have gained us an in-depth knowledge of the different types of property in the county and general understanding of common issues faced. When issues are identified, our Chartered Surveyors in West Sussex can suggest trusted contractors in the area, so you can be sure that any remedial works that need to be carried out will be completed to the highest standard.
West Sussex Building Surveys for Property Sellers
We strongly dissuade property owners from relying upon estate agent valuations to give an accurate estimate of the value of your property. There are more factors to be taken into account when ascertaining the correct sale price for a property than estate agents are able to provide.
Our West Sussex Chartered Surveyors will take a deeper look at the specifics of your property. We have the expertise and experience to identify any areas which may be flagged by a potential buyer and suggest how these may be remedied to ensure you are able to sell your property for the best price.
Building Surveys for Insurance Purposes
An accurate property valuation is imperative for home insurance. Should you ever need to make a claim on your insurance, if you are underinsured (i.e. the property value stated in your policy is less than it should be), you may find yourself liable for a potentially large shortfall in insurance payout. This shortfall can be financially ruining in some cases.
We’ve put together this guide to property underinsurance and the need for accurate valuations. Read it here.
There’s also this piece on Building Insurance Reinstatement Costs, which may be of interest.
Why Choose Robinson Elliott Chartered Surveyors in West Sussex?
Our RICS-registered, highly qualified Chartered Surveyors have extensive experience performing a comprehensive range of services in West Sussex. With an established reputation as trusted surveyors in West Sussex, you can rest assured of exceptional service and advice you can rely on.
If you would like to find out more about our range of services, please do get in touch. We are always here to offer advice and assistance, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.