So, you’ve found a home that you really want to buy – congratulations! Finding your dream home takes time and effort, not to mention a lot of money, but once you’re settling into your beautiful new home everything that you went through to get there seems to melt away. However, there are a few things you need to make sure you do before moving in. Finding a building surveyor to survey your home helps you to ensure that your home is everything you think it is, and that you’re not going to run into any nasty surprises later on down the line. In this guide, we’re going to talk about what you need to know when looking for a building surveyor. Read on to learn more!
Knowing What Kind Of Survey You Need Is Crucial
There are different types of surveys, so knowing what kind of survey you need is super important. Do you want a report, or a full building survey? You need to know the kind of survey you want so that you can find an expert on that kind of survey when doing your search. The type of survey you decide on will depend on the following:
- The age of the property
- The design of the property
- Potential problems you may have noticed while viewing
Make sure you are aware of the different types of surveys and that you find a surveyor who can offer that to you.
Finding Somebody With A Good Local Knowledge Is Key
Having a surveyor who has a good local knowledge is key. They should know about the houses and flats in the area so that they can accurately assess the property that you hire them to assess. Building Surveyors are present all over the place, so make sure you pay attention to the ones in your local area first and foremost, as that knowledge will help them to complete the most accurate survey.
Make sure the surveyor knows what kind of property you want to buy, and get a feel for the experience that they have, and common problems they might expect to find in your chosen property. Having a chat with them first will give you a good idea of whether they are right for you or not.
Although price shouldn’t be the first thing you look at (you get what you pay for, sometimes) it should be a big consideration when making your final decision on the surveyor to work with. Have a couple of telephone quotations lined up to support your research of surveyors in the area and then decide which is right for you. They can vary wildly, so prepare to be surprised! In general, you should avoid choosing the cheapest one, as this can definitely indicate a haphazard service that doesn’t really tell you anything of value.
Prices will vary depending on the company, survey chosen, value of the property, and the region you’re looking to buy in.
Finding the right surveyor is something you should take your time with if you want to be happy in your new home!
*This is a collaborative post.