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You are under no obligation to have a survey carried out on a property, however, it can help a homebuyer to avoid any unexpected repair costs in the future. It is generally recommended that you use a chartered surveyor who is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
It should be noted however, that there are some experienced surveyors who are not members of RICS. If you do choose to have a survey, there are a number of options available to you.
If you want to get a report for a new build, a snagging survey can help to spot any potential teething problems with a property.
This includes minor issues such as misaligned doors, as well as more serious issues that could indicate problems with the structure of a property. This normally costs between £300 and £600.
During a survey, there is normally some kind of issue that is brought to light, so it’s isn’t necessarily something that you should be too worried about. Common problems include issues with the roof and central heating system.
However, while you don’t want to fret unduly, you should try to get any issues sorted as soon as possible. Ask the surveyor how much any repair work will cost (or a builder if the work is major) and ask the seller to fix the issues before you move in or to deduct the cost of repair from the price of the property.
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