If you are buying or renting private or commercial property you will be directly or indirectly responsible for the maintenance of that property.
Building surveying encompasses a wide range of services to existing house owners and occupiers as well as commercial property owners.
Architecture and Partners llp undertakes three standard types of structural survey
Preliminary Inspection: We will accompany you on a visit to the property you are considering purchasing, and during a ‘walk-round’ inspection, point out and discuss salient features. Our fee is usually about £150 to £200 plus VAT.
Standard Buyer’s or Seller’s Report: This service provides a report on the general condition and state of repair of the property. Our reports are tailored to each property and follow the guidance of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Details of defects of a minor nature are excluded, as is comment on parts which the Surveyor is unable to see. Fees start at £550, with a higher charge for larger or more complicated properties; for most ordinary houses, our fee is around £850 plus VAT.
Building Survey: We provide a comprehensive 20-25 page report, illustrated, and detailing the characteristics of the property, with a prioritised list of defects and repairs, along with an Environmental Report detailing ground and environmental issues in the vicinity. If a house or a flat, it will be prepared in accordance with the RICS Guidance; other reports will cover the specific requirements stipulated by the Client.
Valuations: Although we may comment on the sale or purchase price we do not carry out stand-alone (so-called ‘Red Book’)valuations; this is normally done by a valuer engaged by a bank or building society who is familiar with local property prices. Architecture and Partners llp is entirely independent and does not work for banks.
Home Reports: We do not carry out Home Reports, which are still mandatory in Scotland, because we consider them to be misleading.