Many clients contact us after being advised to have a Structural Survey carried out prior to purchase.
The term “Structural Survey” has now been changed on recommendation from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The current “Building Survey” replaces the old “Structural Survey”.
It was felt the term “Structural Survey” did not adequately describe the work carried out during a survey inspection. The term “Building Survey” was deemed to be more accurate in that many parts of the building are covered other than the basic external structure.
In essence, the current Building Survey is the same as a Structural Survey. A Building Survey (Structural Survey) is suitable for all residential properties and provides a full description of the construction type and overall condition. A Building Survey (Structural Survey) is the most popular type of survey for older buildings or properties of unusual construction. A Building Survey (Structural Survey) can be tailored to suit each individual clients requirements. The survey report will include details on the type of construction used together with any defects noted. A Building Survey (Structural Survey) will include pictures to illustrate the major defects found.