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Building Surveys

A building survey report by an ALCO surveyor will help you understand what you are really buying.

A building survey, also known as a structural survey, is a detailed inspection of a property you intend to buy, that will highlight any issues or flaws a potential home may have – new build to period property. The ALCO surveyor will advise on any issues they discover and provide you with the necessary information to make an informed decision about the property purchase, allowing you to budget for future repair works and maintenance or renegotiate your offer accordingly.

The ALCO surveyor would assess the condition of all parts of the property. Based on the assessment, the surveyor will produce a building survey report and if required an estimate for the required works allowing you to negotiate on your purchase price.

Why do I need a survey?

An ALCO building survey lets you know exactly what you are buying. Older homes will have an odd issue, however there is a big difference between major structural issue or full building renovation and the need to reseal or replace a few windows or doors.

A building survey is optional but is greatly recommended. You do not want to save a few hundred pounds now, only to discover at a later date that the home has an issue that will cost thousands to put right.

Once you have bought your new home, it is yours, flaws and all. The previous owners will not be liable if they had no knowledge of the problem, and you’ll still have a tough time even if they did, so you’ll save time and money by having all the information you need up front.

If you’re purchasing a newer home and just want to know an expert has looked over your property, a HomeBuyer survey may be the best option for you.

What does the survey include?

During the building survey (structural survey) your ALCO surveyor will check every accessible area of the property. For this survey, the surveyor will go up into the loft/attic, down into cellars, use special equipment to check for damp and mould, check floorboards, windows and doors, and just about anywhere else a home can show its issues or age. The ALCO survey will:

  • Provide detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property
  • Discover problems that need urgent attention
  • Discover problems that need further investigation to prevent serious damage
  • Help you decide whether you require further advice before committing to a purchase
  • Help you understand any ongoing maintenance required in the future
  • Establish how the property is built, materials used, and how these will perform in the future
  • Expose potential problems posed by hidden defects
  • Outline repair options, repair timeline, and explain the consequences of not acting
  • Provide a longer and more detailed visual inspection of a wider range of issues
  • Provide a more thorough consideration of the roof space, grounds, floors and services.

ALCO surveyors are not RICS approved, but complete surveys from the opinion of a construction expert and with a property maintenance background. Our surveyors have a minimum of 15 years’ experience in the construction industry and are cheaper than an official surveyor. However, if your mortgage lender requires an RICS chartered survey please contact a relevant surveyor.

The ALCO survey is a worthwhile investment that provides all the details and advice as mentioned above.

The cost for this survey is £300-£400 and can include where requested a quote for works required to bring the property up to standard, to the clients desired configuration or specification.

This fee will be reimbursed should you use ALCO to undertake future works on your property.

To find out more information please call us on 01483 573010 or you can email us at Alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form and we will reply as soon as we can.

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ALCO, under the guidance and leadership of Tom Allen, did a superb job in the renovation of my son and daughter’s house in Guildford. Everything was completed on time, to the required standard and within budget. Tom’s project management skills are excellent and he has a fine team of tradesmen supporting him. We were consulted at all stages of the project on progress and there were no surprises. A great team performance and I would highly recommend ALCO to anyone about to undertake a building project, large or small.

George Wilson

Tom (ALCO) provided many detailed quotes (and showed a lot of patience as the project changed as it went along) and delivered a good service and finish – particularly pleasing as most of the work was done without me being around. Any issues we did have were remedied quickly and Tom showed commitment to providing customer satisfaction.

Jane Muggeridge

ALCO have now done a few jobs for us ranging in size and price. Each time we find then to be reasonably priced, good communicators and a good standard of finish. Have recommended to a number of people who have all been positive.

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