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. If you do choose to have a survey, there are a number of options available to you. Most surveys are carried out by RICS accredited Chartered Surveyors, although one or two surveys can be carried out by general practice Chartered Surveyors.
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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