Surveying

James Dean incorporates an experienced team of Chartered Surveyors based both at Builth Wells and Brecon covering the Mid Wales area.

Their experience spans nearly 40 years and covers a range of services including:-

  • Mortgage Valuations
  • Homebuyer Survey and Valuations
  • Building Surveys
  • Schedule of Dilapidations
  • Record of Condition
  • Expert Witness Reports
  • Probate and Matrimonial Reports
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Litigation Support
  • Council Tax and Non Domestic Rating Appeals
  • Energy Performance Certificates

Why a Survey?

A mortgage valuation is NOT A SURVEY and the purchase of your home is your biggest financial commitment. Remember an in depth report will save you money.

There are four types of survey available.

The RICS Condition Report – survey level one

Choose this report if you’re buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:

  • clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention;
  • a summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and
  • advice on replacement parts, guarantees, planning and control matters for your legal advisers.

 

An RICS Condition Report is straightforward and does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.


The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) – survey level two

Choose this report if you need more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It costs more than the Condition Report but includes:

  • all of the features in the Condition Report;
  • a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the property;
  • advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance;
  • issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions;
  • legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your purchase; and
  • information on location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency (where available).

The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey & Valuation) – survey level three

As the RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) above but includes:

  • the surveyor’s professional opinion on the ‘market value’ of the property;
  • an insurance reinstatement figure for the property;
  • a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property;

 

Ask your surveyor for a detailed ‘Description of the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey & Valuation) Service’ leaflet.


The RICS Building Survey – survey level four

Choose the Building Survey (formerly called a structural survey) if you’re dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property.

It also includes:

  • a more thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues;
  • a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws;
  • an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity; and
  • advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.

 

The RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.