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Level 1 Condition Reports

We take the stress out of buying homes

As surveyors for the last decade, we understand just how important- and at times, how worrying- purchasing a property can be, especially for first-timers. Partnering with us can help save you time and money later. 

Our five-star Google-rated service minimises risks, protects your investment and takes the stress out of life-changing decisions like this. Whilst our opinions remain objective, we’re here for you and help you be as informed as possible regarding the property in question. 

Although our Level 1 Home Buyer Survey is the most basic, you can rest assured you’ll still meet with one of our trained experts to help you understand any minor or significant underlying defects with the property that you might have missed when viewing.          

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Same-day Level 1 Condition Reports in Surrey

Safeguarding Your Property Investments

Level 1 Condition Reports are basic property surveys designed for home buyers and homeowners seeking a professional, objective report on the condition of their property. 

Using our Home Survey service, we’ll send an experienced surveyor to visually inspect the inside and outside of the property and boundary walls and fences. 

Let's Chat About Your Dream Home

15-Minute Consultation

Purchasing a home? Identify any potential defects before signing a contract – and don’t waste time. Chat with us to discover what type of building survey will be best and be that one step closing to buying your new property.

We offer a free, 15-minute, no-obligation consultation to discuss any concerns or questions to get you started.

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The Level 1 report explained

Only visible areas are inspected

Our surveyors will inspect the interior and exterior of the main building and outbuildings but will not force or open up the fabric. Your inspection will cover gas, oil, electricity, water, heating and drainage services but will not be tested. If we have any concerns, the report will outline recommendations and any further required investigations. 

However, we will not report on the cost of any work to repair the defects or make recommendations on how repairs should be made.

Roofs, chimneys and other surfaces of the building’s exterior from ground level are inspected and, if necessary, from neighbouring public properties with binoculars. The roof structure, with safe access, is inspected from inside the roof space.

Please note that we only carry out a visual inspection, which means we do not lift carpets, floor coverings, or floorboards, remove contents in cupboards, move furniture, or remove secured panels or electrical fittings. Assessments cannot be made inside the chimney, boiler or other flues. Energy performance is not recorded, nor does the surveyor conduct an asbestos inspection. 

  • Cost assessment of repairs
  • Schedule and breakdown of works
  • Supervision of construction works
  • Re-inspection 
  • Detailed and specific issue reports
  • Market valuation and reinstatement costs

Do you think you need a more detailed survey? You might need the Level 2 Home Survey, formerly the Homebuyers Report. Still unsure? Contact us here for a quick, free chat.

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Level 1 Overview

what your report includes

  • The construction and condition of the property
  • Any serious defects that might require urgent attention
  • Areas that need further investigation to prevent damage to the fabric of the building
  • Defects that might be hazardous and where further investigation is required

As a Level 1 Condition report is not as detailed as a Level 2, the surveyor will record only visible defects and, from this, provide you with an easy-to-read visual assessment of the property’s current condition and provide any advice on further areas to investigate.

The traffic light system explained

Understanding your report

To describe the home’s condition, surveyors will score ratings on the main elements of the building, which is sometimes referred to as the traffic light system.

  • (Red 3): Defects that are severe and need to be repaired or replaced urgently.
  • (Amber 2): Defects that require repair but are not urgent.
  • (Green 1): No repair is currently needed. Property to be maintained normally. 
  • NI: Not inspected.
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Chris Thoume
Chris Thoume
2023-03-16
Great experience working with Simon: he took me through the process in simple terms and was always willing to provide considered pragmatic advice.
Jessica Sanzone
Jessica Sanzone
2022-11-03
Would highly recommend using Westville Associates. Appointed Brett to act for us in regards to some party wall matters. We found him to be polite and professional with a wealth of knowledge in this field. Great communication throughout the process. Great service from start to finish.
Kate Rennie
Kate Rennie
2022-11-01
I was recommended to use Westville Associates through a colleague to carry out a survey of a house we were looking to purchase. I couldn’t have been happier with the whole process. From start to finish, Simon was professional, punctual, through and gave good advice with issues that arose from the survey. I have and will continue to recommend Westville Associates to anyone wishing to carry out any surveys.
Niki Yazdanian
Niki Yazdanian
2022-10-28
Simon carried out a full building survey for us on a property in Oxted. We found him to be prompt, professional, very knowledgeable, a great service all round. We would have no hesitation in recommending him and using him again.
Sophie Beed
Sophie Beed
2022-10-28
Really recommend Westville, great communication and advice. Clear, concise and quick report and more than happy to discuss any points to help us understand our purchase better.
Sara Mahdavian
Sara Mahdavian
2021-10-21
We used Wesville Associates for a full Building Survey for our property in Claygate after a recommendation from a friend. Simon was very personable, knowledgable and professional, and was able to work around our tight timeframe. We felt in good hands from the start!
WashPod
WashPod
2021-10-19
“Westville Associates undertook a homebuyers report for us prior to the purchase of our flat in Wandsworth. The service from start to finish was exemplary. Simon booked us in, undertook the inspection and presented the report to us all within 7 working days which was appreciated as time was against us somewhat. The after sales care was also great as we had several questions about the property that were dealt with over the phone. Friendly, professional and prompt service. Would definitely recommend. Rob.”
Craig C
Craig C
2021-09-29
I have worked in Surbiton and the surrounding areas as an agent for over 10 years and could not recommend Simon highly enough. He has a wealth of knowledge and goes above and beyond to ensure his clients fully understand the fantastic reports he creates, unlike many other surveyors who just send a confusing report without further explanation of key points. I am so pleased Simon has set up his solo venture - Westville Associates and will be recommending him to all of my clients.