Miihaus Surveys

The Condition Report

What is it?

The Condition Report describes the condition of the property, identifies any hazards or risks and potential legal issues.  It highlights any urgent defects but does not identify the cause of a defect, unlike the Home Buyer survey.  It’s most suitable for new-build and recently renovated homes in good condition; no advice provided in this survey.

How much does it cost?

A Condition Report is a very basic ‘traffic light’ survey and the cheapest, costing from £350 (depending on the size of the property).

Home Buyers Survey

What is it?

This is the most popular survey report and suitable for most properties.  It comments on every building element and includes photographs to show you any identified defects.  It gives a clear summary of problems that may affect the property’s value and provides advice on repairs and maintenance.  It also gives information on the area, environment and energy efficiency as well as any legal considerations.

The Home Buyer Survey is a non-invasive survey so is limited to what the surveyor can actually see, so for example, they won’t be lifting up carpets or moving heavy furniture.

The surveyor typically takes two to three hours to thoroughly inspect the property and you can usually expect to receive the completed Home Buyer Survey within a few days.

How much does it cost?

Costs will vary according to the size of the property but for the average size property you should expect to pay £495 for the survey

What to expect...

Take a look at this sample Homebuyer Survey 

The Building Survey

What is it?

A Building Survey (which used to be called a Structural Survey) is the most comprehensive type of survey, and, of course, the most expensive.  It can take several days to complete (depending on the property) and up to a fortnight to return.

The Building Survey will include all the features of a Home Buyer Report but is invasive, so the surveyor may look to open up part of the building if they consider it necessary.  For example, it they suspect an issue in the cavity wall, a brick may be removed so that a camera can be inserted to examine the cavity.

A Building Survey is generally recommended for large, very old, listed or dilapidated homes, and for buildings that are undergoing a change-of-use, for example, a barn conversion.

How much does it cost?

Costs vary widely according to the size and age of the property but typically start at £850

What to expect...

Take a look at this sample Building Survey.

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