House Surveys: Types, Costs, and How to Choose the Right One

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House surveys should be your top priority after having an offer on a property accepted. The sooner you get your house surveys arranged, the sooner you can confirm whether or not everything is in order with your prospective new home.

There are three main types of house survey available, with what is commonly known as a building survey being the most comprehensive. House surveys provide information on a property’s overall condition, as well as any current or potential defects. They may also be used to renegotiate an original offer should major issues be found.

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Rob Keal is the Content Editor at Homebuilding & Renovating. With a background in content marketing, he began his career back in 2016 as a freelancer, before honing his craft at various digital marketing agencies. Looking to specialise in DIY and homes, he joined the team in February 2022. 

Renovation has been part of his life since he was nine years old, when his parents bought a medieval cottage and completely revived it, introducing him to kitchen remodels, loft conversions, landscape gardening, and much more besides along the way. A bedroom extension and patio refurbishment are among his next planned projects. He is also passionate about interior design and landscape gardening.