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Building Survey Process

Stages of a building survey

A building survey, a structural survey or a property inspection provides a detailed, comprehensive examination of a property’s condition, construction and structure. 

Whether you require a Level 1 Condition Report, Level 2 Home Survey or a Level 3 Building Survey, the process is relatively the same. You can learn the differences between the types of surveys available, with the main differences being the level and detail of inspection.

What's involved

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The process starts with an initial consultation between the surveyor and the client, often the property owner or buyer.

During the consultation, you’ll be free to discuss your specific concerns, property, objectives and any areas of the property you need the surveyor to focus on.

Typically, the initial consultation only lasts 15-20 minutes, with the owners or buyers learning more about the surveys offered, the price, and how soon they can be completed. Schedule a consultation with us here.

Once you’ve employed our services, we’ll send an experienced, local surveyor out to the property, where they will thoroughly inspect it internally and externally.

Drone equipment might also be used to examine hard-to-reach or see areas of the building.

We will assess various aspects of the property, from the structure’s condition to the roofing, walls, floors, windows, doors, plumbing, electrical systems, insulation and any visible signs of defects or damage.

To showcase our findings, we’ll assemble an easy-to-understand report outlining detailed measurements, photographs and details of the property’s current condition.

Sometimes, we might use special equipment and tools to assess hidden areas and structural elements that are invisible to the naked eye.

However, do note that most inspections are visual only. 

Buyers or owners, through the report, will be made aware of any defects, deficiencies, or potential issues that might affect the property’s value, safety or structural integrity.

We’ll also point out areas that might not be of concern now but will be of concern later down the line and require considerable investment and renovation.

The comprehensive report will also document the severity of any identified defects and suggest any remedial actions or any further investigations that might be required.

The client will be presented with the report that can be reviewed and discussed with the surveyor, who can explain the findings in detail and answer any questions the owners or buyers might have.

It will also be an opportunity to provide advice on addressing identified issues and the proposed cost to repair or maintain the property.

Based on our recommendations, you might take further action, negotiate repairs or adjustments with the seller (in instances of a property purchase), obtain cost estimates for repairs from builders, and possibly undertake specialise assessments if necessary. 

In some instances, our surveyors may offer follow-up services, for example, periodic inspections, monitoring, tracking the progress of any recommended repairs, or reassessing the property’s condition or value over time.