Building Surveying


We conduct inspections and reports on residential and commercial property.

Please see below for further information on the building surveys we undertake. Our surveyors will be happy to talk to you about your requirements and recommend the most appropriate survey for your needs.


Full Building Survey

A Full Building Survey is very detailed, and gives a comprehensive report on the current condition of all building elements. This type of survey is suitable for all types of property, including property that is listed, unusual, or of an older age. It is also the ideal survey if you wish to perform renovation work or ascertain the structural stability of a property.

The Full Building Survey includes:

  • A detailed report on the condition of every accessible part of the structure
  • All major and minor faults are detailed and their implications explained
  • Costs for undertaking the repair work is included
  • We test the property for dampness, woodworm and timber decay
  • We make comment on damp proofing, insulation and drainage
  • Technical information about how the property was constructed, and all materials which were used in the process
  • Proposals for any further special inspections (if absolutely necessary) and subsequent work which may need to be done on the property

RICS Homebuyer Survey and Valuation

The Homebuyer Survey was developed by the RICS. This type of survey is a briefer version of the Full Building Survey but more detailed than a basic mortgage valuation which a mortgage lender would undertake.

The Homebuyer Survey and Valuation report includes:

  • Includes an inspection of the major indoor and outdoor features
  • The report rates the main areas in terms of condition. A rating of 3 means the area is in need of urgent repair. A rating one means no action is needed
  • Includes an inspection of the visible parts of the heating and drainage systems as well as the electricity, gas/oil and water services
  • The report will identify areas that you will need to consult a legal advisor to investigate further
  • Includes a valuation and reinstatement cost for the property

Structures Only Survey

This type of survey is often popular with clients who do not require as extensive a survey as the Full Building Survey. For example, they may not require an inspection of the kitchen installation or internal doors as they intend to replace them as part of a refurbishment project. This report will tell you what condition the main structures are in. It will identify any major problems which currently exist and ones which may occur in the future if repairs are not undertaken.

The Structures Only Survey includes:

  • As chartered surveyors Made Surveying & Architectural can provide a service to undertake a Structures Only Survey of a property
  • Focuses on the main structural elements of the property such as roofs, walls, floors and staircases
  • Often undertaken when there are major problems or if a valuation survey throws up a serious structural defect - which may result in refusal of a mortgage

Specific Defect Survey

This type of survey and report may involve an assessment of the cause of any crack damage in the masonry, distortions to the floors and the walls or damp penetration for example. We carry out a full inspection of the damage with a view to providing a firm opinion on the cause of the problem and the necessary remedial action required to rectify it.

The Specific Defect Survey includes:

A full inspection of the damage with a view to providing a firm opinion on the cause and the necessary remedial action. This could involve cosmetic repairs, removal of trees or underpinning for example

Often called for by a Valuation Surveyor acting for a mortgage lender in connection with a property sale

The purpose is to provide assurances that the property has no major structural faults, which could otherwise adversely affect the value

Schedule of Condition

A Schedule of Condition details the existing condition of a building at a specific point in time. A Schedule of Condition consists of an item-by-item written report which describes the building elements and the current condition, with photographic and video recording evidence where necessary. A Schedule of Condition is useful in many situations, but in particularly important to commercial tenants with repairing liabilities.

When acquiring property either under a new lease or by taking an assignment, it is essential that the lease end liabilities are closely considered. A detailed Schedule of Condition will protect a new tenant by limiting the extent of work that can be claimed on expiry. To do this the Schedule of Condition should be agreed, signed and referred to in the lease.