Building Surveyors

A Home-Approved building survey will help you to make difficult decisions: whether you decide to negotiate a better price, or decide not to proceed with the purchase.

A Home-Approved survey

A Home-Approved 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.

The Home-Approved structural survey report is presented in a clear format, jargon-free and supported by photographic evidence of all identified defects. Because some defects can be more serious than others i.e. structural rather than cosmetic, we present required repairs in terms of priority. If you proceed with the purchase of the property our report will then help you plan and budget for future repairs to be done.

If you have any questions or concerns about the property, or would like to discuss the report in more detail, you can speak directly with the surveyor who carried out the survey. We want to ensure that you have a complete understanding of the property.

What our survey covers

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  1. 1 Loft space / insulation / ventilation
  2. 2 Roof construction
  3. 3 Electrical installation
  4. 4 Plumbing / heating installation
  5. 5 Decoration and finishing
  6. 6 Flooring
  7. 7 Joinery
  8. 8 Basements


  1. 9 Roof coverings
  2. 10 Chimneys
  3. 11 Guttering and rainwater pipes
  4. 12 Joinery/windows/doors/decoration
  5. 13 Walls / subsidence / movement
  6. 14 Electrical supplies
  7. 15 Damp proof courses
  8. 16 Drainage


Other Surveying Services

Specific Defect Surveys

We can investigate if a particular defect on a building has been identified or because you are concerned about some cracking or evidence of potential damage.

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Project Management

Home-Approved will select professional consultants, contractors, specialists and other key people to ensure that client objectives are met.

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Post Works Surveying

Post works surveys are necessary when you have issues with the standard of work that has been carried out on your property.

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Why choose Home-Approved?

  • We conduct a thorough inspection
  • We use eight-metre pole cameras to obtain video and still images of areas that are difficult to access.

  • We provide important information about identified defects
  • We’ll ensure that you understand the associated costs of repairs.

  • We are impartial and independent
  • Home-Approved does not recommend contractors or tradesmen. We have no vested interest in declaring property to be in poor condition, or identifying unnecessary repairs.

  • It will give you confidence
  • The report will help you to make difficult decisions: whether you decide to negotiate a better price, or decide not to proceed with the purchase.

  • We're responsive and efficient
  • You’ll receive your report within three working days of our inspection, because we know that time is often critical to the buying process.

  • We provide a professional service
  • All of our surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and we are fully covered by Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.

  • It's cost effective
  • We want to support you in the search for your new home. A Home-Approved RICS building survey is a cost-effective means of getting an early indication of unforeseen repairs.


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