Home-Approved Building Surveyors, Guildford, Surrey, London. Giving you the knowledge and confidence to make big decisions.

Building Surveys for Home Buyers

Buying a property is probably the biggest financial commitment you’ll ever make. A Home-Approved building survey gives you the confidence to make important decisions – and possibly avoid a costly mistake. Our full building survey (formerly known as a structural survey) comprises a thorough inspection of the property and a comprehensive report based on our findings. Unlike a standard Home Buyer Report, our reports include photographs and cost estimates associated with any identified defects.

Find out more about our surveys ▸

Party Wall Services

Are you planning to carry out work on a wall, ceiling or floor structure shared with a neighbouring property? Are you going to build on or at the boundary with another property? Do you need to excavate ground near your neighbour’s property? We will ensure the party wall will be protected and that the risk of a dispute arising is minimised.

More about our party wall services ▸

Request a call back

Have a question? Have us call you back by entering your details below. We aim to call you within 24 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can you have a survey done?
  • Booking your survey at an early stage of the buying process is better. It can help you avoid unnecessary professional fees and potentially give you valuable negotiating power over the purchase price.

  • Know where you stand?
  • At Home-Approved our building surveys are designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to make some fundamental decisions – whether to continue with your purchase, whether the extent of repairs means it would be better to walk away, or whether you could negotiate a better deal based on the information in our report.

  • What makes Home-Approved different?
  • So what makes us so different to other property surveyors? We provide a personal and professional service that is fully focused on giving you the information you’ll need. We carry out a thorough visual inspection and use specialist equipment – including extension ladders and pole-mounted cameras – so that we can even check those parts of a property that would otherwise be ignored or overlooked.

  • How long does our process take?
  • We know that time is often precious and that you may be under pressure from vendors, estate agents and solicitors. So we’ll deliver our survey report within three working days of the inspection.

  • What's included in our report?
  • Our findings are presented in a clear and concise format, supported by photographic evidence of defects. Plus, unlike most property surveyors, we’ll provide estimates for repairs to identified defects so that you have a better understanding of what needs to be done. We remain completely impartial and independent at all times and do not recommend contractors or tradesmen. Nor do we have any vested interest in declaring a property to be in poor condition, or inflating estimates for repairs.

  • Will a survey save you money?
  • A Home-Approved building survey can save you money in the long term – the vendor may agree to carry out repairs at their cost or reduce the asking price. In addition you can put the report to good use once you’ve moved in, using our cost estimates as a benchmark when you start getting quotes for remedial work.

  • What other services do we offer?
  • We provide a full range of complementary surveying and management services which include:

What do our customers say?

  • Matthew was brilliant. He took photos of everything and included estimates for all remedial work. We took his advice on an additional damp survey, which supported his provisional point of view, and he very helpfully also costed this remedial work as well. The information we were provided with gave us the facts to negotiate a substantial price reduction.

    In summary the service was fast, professional, friendly and the price was very reasonable. No hesitation in recommending Home-Approved.

    Kind regards and thanks again for a high quality service that exceeded our expectations 🙂

    Mr H - W5
  • I was more than pleased with your service. Both in your feedback and the speed of carrying out the survey. Also, I was impressed with the printed survey that came back and finally the cost – excellent and very competitive. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company.

  • I just wanted to say that you have exceeded my expectations and it was one of the best customer service I have ever received. I will highly recommend your service and will be using your service in the future. The report was very well explained and was easy to understand. Really surprised that the report also included photographs of the property.

    Well done and keep up the good work.

  • We were recommended Home-Approved by a friend. It was very reassuring to have them look at and inspect the property before we purchased. They produced a detailed and comprehensive report which helped us make the final decision. They are very friendly and efficient and prove a perfect link in the house purchase process.

More Testimonials

Latest from the Blog

Victorian house Buying a Victorian Property in 2020 – Ideal Living for the Post-Covid-19 Era? 14/7/2020 - Updated for 2020 Looking for a Victorian property? Ideal living for the post-Covid-19 era Coronavirus, lockdown and our gradual emergence from lockdown has changed the world we live in. It’s hard to really get a handle on just how long we’re going to have to live with social distancing, face masks and caution in everything...
Houses in Dene Road, Guildford How the Property Market is Shaping Up Post-lockdown – Don’t Panic! 12/6/2020 - If you saw the recent headlines in the media after Nationwide published its latest property report, alarm bells will be ringing – on 2 June, The Express ran with ‘UK house prices fall by most since 2009 – experts forecast 5% drop to crippled market’.
Houses in Guildford We’re Back – and Ready to Safely Conduct Building Surveys Again! 22/5/2020 - The last seven weeks have been a tough time for everyone in so many different ways, from being unable to work to home schooling to the challenge of shopping for food and tracking down loo roll and pasta – such has been the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. And then there are the many thousands...
Period Property House-Buying Dilemma – Should You Buy a Period Property or Choose a New Build Instead? 17/3/2020 - It’s a question that is easy or hard to answer depending on your preference. Period properties range from chocolate box images of thatched cottages to imposing Victorian townhouses. At the other end of the scale, one could argue that new build properties can sometimes look like glorified Lego houses with no character. It really does...