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    • lovehols
    • By lovehols 5th Dec 17, 8:26 AM
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    RICS Full Building Survey Costs & Timeframe
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    • 5th Dec 17, 8:26 AM
    RICS Full Building Survey Costs & Timeframe 5th Dec 17 at 8:26 AM
    We have contacted a number of RICS surveyors from the details on the website to find a local one (unfortunately there aren't many). I've contacted all 6. One came back saying they don't cover the area, one saying they don't do full surveys only Homebuyers (which in my experience are useless). So far we've only had one quote so far of £750+Vat.

    We are keen to have this done. The property is a canal side bungalow, we think around 40-50s but as yet no one can confirm (vendor died) showing signs of damp, with a woodland area too and we are planning significant renovation and extension, therefore we don't want any hidden surprises. We are also keen that they survey looks for JKW although I know this may be difficult due to the time of year.

    I'm not sure how reasonable this quote is as I have nothing to compare it to. Also, in terms of timescales is it wise to let Barclays conplete their standard valuation first (included in the mortgage offer) before instructing a surveyor. I'm just cluless at what is the best point in the timeline to instruct the surveyor.

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    • Fed
    • By Fed 5th Dec 17, 9:09 AM
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    We had a couple of quotes in London recently and they were both around that.

    I don't think there's a right answer when to do it. On one hand you want to wait to make sure the lender is happy to issue a mortgage on the property at the agreed price before paying for a survey. On the other the survey might flag something and you want to pull out which would be better prior to mortgage application and paying for a valuation (though you might be able to have these transferred). There's also the risk of dragging things out if it takes a while for the valuation to get booked in and then you instruct the surveyor

    We had a survey prior to the full mortgage application but it was a standard terrace and our broker was confident the mortgage would get approved, I may have waited otherwise.
    Last edited by Fed; 05-12-2017 at 9:23 AM.
    • lovehols
    • By lovehols 5th Dec 17, 9:22 AM
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    • 5th Dec 17, 9:22 AM
    Thanks, we've had another quote this minute at £840 Inc VAT, so a little cheaper but at least I know this is generally similar prices to what people have paid.

    The cheaper one is from a surveyor that is based around a mile from me now (but around 25 miles from the property we are buying). The more expensive one is from a surveyor closer to the area and property we are buying (so they may know the area better) but further away from us now.

    I mean they are both RICS so I guess it is personal preference now.
    • Fed
    • By Fed 5th Dec 17, 9:42 AM
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    Check to see what each report includes. We assumed ours would include a valuation and possibly some costings for remedial works (like an indepth homebuyers) but it wasn't the case and that would have cost extra.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 5th Dec 17, 11:27 AM
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    Given that you plan "significant renovation and extension" you might want a bespoke survey rather than a standard 'full survey'.

    On a standard full survey, the surveyor is likely to spend time assessing the decor, highlighting the rickety kitchen units you plan to rip out ayway, and commenting on the roof that you can see perfectly well yourself with your binoculars.

    List you actual concerns and ask for a survey that focusses just on those eg

    * damp, existance, cause and cost to remedy
    * JKW (whatever that is!)
    * extension potential and associated issues
    * structural issues (eg that crack you noticed)

    Whether it would be cheaper I don't know, but you miht get less pointless info and better relevant info.

    What part of the country is it?
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 5th Dec 17, 11:38 AM
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    JKW = Japanese Knotweed at a guess.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 5th Dec 17, 12:05 PM
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    • 5th Dec 17, 12:05 PM
    JKW = Japanese Knotweed at a guess.
    Originally posted by Slinky
    Cheers.

    So now surveyors have to be horticulturalists as well as gas engineers and electricinas......?
    • teneighty
    • By teneighty 5th Dec 17, 12:25 PM
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    What website are you using? Most charge to be listed, even the RICS "find a surveyor" so the results might not show the smaller local independent firms.

    From your description I would google.."Chartered Building Surveyor (location)" and ignore the paid for ads at the top of the results.

    £750 plus VAT would be the absolute minimum if you want a decent survey. As GM said you can ask them to tailor the survey to check specific things but might cost more, JKW should be standard.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 5th Dec 17, 5:53 PM
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    Cheers.

    So now surveyors have to be horticulturalists as well as gas engineers and electricinas......?
    Originally posted by G_M
    Ours went looking for it, yes (and didn't find any).
    • G_M
    • By G_M 5th Dec 17, 8:04 PM
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    What website are you using? Most charge to be listed, even the RICS "find a surveyor" so the results might not show the smaller local independent firms.

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    Originally posted by teneighty
    Is that really true? If so, I'm shocked.

    I always assumed the RICS site would list all RICS registered surveyors.

    What is the world coming to?
    • teneighty
    • By teneighty 5th Dec 17, 8:46 PM
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    Is that really true? If so, I'm shocked.

    I always assumed the RICS site would list all RICS registered surveyors.

    What is the world coming to?
    Originally posted by G_M
    The first few pages of results will usually be "premium" listings which are paid for and it isn't cheap. All firms will be on there but you'll have to scroll through a lot of pages to see the free entries for the small independent practices. I know a local surveyor in a nearby village and even if I search under his own postcode he only makes page 4.

    The site is run by a private company on behalf of RICS so it is all about generating revenue.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 5th Dec 17, 11:28 PM
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    My g**! I thought professional bodies were above that sort of thing. It all started going wrong when solicitors were permitted to start advertising.

    What next? Doctors paying to ....... oh. Yes, Plastic surgery.

    Well at least we can still trust our elected representatives to act for the pubic good rather than for material benefits.
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