It's a good idea to get a professional surveyor to carry out a home inspection. The survey can tell you if there are: 

  • problems with the home's structure
  • repairs or alterations that need to be made
  • any risks associated with the home 

If the surveyor uncovers any of these problems, buyers can consider things like whether to: 

  • purchase the home 
  • ask the seller to fix the issues before you purchase 
  • negotiate a new price with the seller 

It's important to know, if a buyer and seller can't negotiate then a buyer can choose whether or not they will disclose the survey results and a homeowner doesn't have to negotiate. Click here to read a helpful article on survey results. 

Below is a list of the different types of surveys: 

Condition report
This focuses on the general condition of a home, identifying any risks, potential legal issues and any urgent defects. It's the most suitable kind of report for new-builds and conventional homes in good condition. It's worth knowing that a condition report doesn't provide any advice or a valuation. 

Homebuyer report
This looks into any structural problems such as subsidence, damp, as well as any other hidden issues inside and out the property. This kind of report is suitable for a conventional home in reasonable condition and tends to be the most common.

Building survey
Mainly aimed larger or older homes, this report uses a simple presentation style and a 1, 2, 3 rating system to ensure the most serious issues can be identified. It also flags and provides advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options. 

Building of full structural survey
This is the most comprehensive of all surveys so far listed. Designed for homes which are old or in need of some serious care. It's expensive and in some circumstances worth the extra money as it should include the surveyors professional opinion on the potential hidden defects. 

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