Residential Surveys

Buying a property is normally the most expensive financial commitment people will make, yet many will enter into this commitment without first obtaining expert advice on their intended purchase. 

Elevation Surveyors provide a broad range of survey formats, however can also tailor these to fit individual requirements. We will also advise on the suitability of any intended alterations or proposals that our clients wish to undertake. We have three broad categories of building survey formats.

STAGE : 1

This is our most detailed Building Survey Report, and for those who wish to be appraised in the highest detail. This report will not only offer information on current defects but give advice on future issues and obligations. As such, it can be used as a reference for forward maintenance planning. It is particularly suited to period dwellings or historic buildings. 

This report is most suited for standard residential properties. It will highlight the present defects within a building in a precise and comprehensive manner, allowing the purchaser to either buy or renegotiate with confidence. 

STAGE : 2
STAGE : 3

This format is best adopted for smaller properties, or newer buildings, where the attention is focussed more on the standard of workmanship, rather than problems that occur to building elements through natural weathering or age.

OUR APPROACH
Elevation Surveyors aim to make our reports comprehensive and easy to understand, rather than just a list of defects. We consider that a residential survey report should be as much about providing reassurance to the prospective purchaser as it is on reporting on disrepair. Many older buildings have inherent defects, which have been there since construction or developed as a result of how they are built. Recognising these issues, and putting them in context allows the client to purchase with confidence.
CASE  STUDIES:
RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
Residential House

We compiled our Stage 1 survey report on this Edwardian House in South London, which through sixty-five pages, gave an in-depth analysis of the building, with specific reference to the ornate brickwork to the front elevation, with advice on the most appropriate repairs.

Terraced Houses

This property in central London had been partially refurbished and maintained to a good standard. Our report paid particular attention to the quality of work that had been carried out, and some general assurance on the inherent issues typical for buildings of this type.

Detached House

This eight-bedroom house, in northwest London, had been extensively altered since its construction in the 1920s but had not been adequately maintained since the 1970s. The Stage 1 report prioritised the repairs required, allowing the client to spread the cost over a number of years.

In the much sought-after area of Castelnau, Barnes, our Stage 1 survey gave extensive insight into the issues to the period features, with long-term advice on the necessary input to maintain the house to its current good standard.

With the original building dating back to 1800, this period property, located in the Chalfonts, had been extended numerous times, presenting a range of varying problems. Our report gave emphasis to the older parts of the property, with advice on how to maintain the structure moving forward.

This imposing period property located in Hanwell, West London required specific attention to the historic features, and specialist advice on their restoration. The purchaser was given assistance on obtaining contractors with the necessary skills to carry out the required works.

This property, located near Hemel Hempstead, was only seven years old when put on the market. Our Stage 2 survey format was sufficient in this case and dealt with minor items of maintenance, as well as some rather inappropriate DIY alterations from the vendor.

This unusual house in Long Ditton, Surrey, designed with a distinctly North American feel, was also fully timber-framed and needed a different approach than that applied to the period, masonry-built stock that we normally encounter. Our report detailed the quite different maintenance obligations that these buildings manifest.

CASE  STUDIES:
LISTED BUILDINGS

This ten-bedroom house, located in its own extensive grounds in Surrey formed the basis of a large report, focussing on historic stonework repairs, along with an in-depth study of the potential ground issues and risk, from the nearby multitude of trees.

This Grade 1 listed building, located on the south coast, required a very detailed approach, having been neglected for many decades. Our report, which comprised over one hundred pages, offered specific details on the historic features and methods for repair. We were further commissioned to specify and run the refurbishment project, which took just over nine months, detail of which can be seen here.

Grade 2 Listed House

This Grade II listed building in Hampshire had many historic features, such as oak-beamed ceilings. A separate cottage and stables also formed part of the instruction.

This Grade II listed building in Somerset, with over five acres of surrounding land, including farm buildings, tennis courts, swimming pool, required an extensive inspection, both to the house and the numerous buildings on the plot. The report dealt in depth with the various repairs required including a cost plan.

This Grade II listed building near Croydon, had parts dating back to the twelfth century. Situated in extensive grounds with its own swimming pool, it had been left to deteriorate into disrepair and required our most detailed report format to advise the client of the liabilities involved in an acquisition. It has now been extensively refurbished.

This magnificent Grade II listed building, located near Yeovil formed the basis of one of the longest reports we have undertaken. A ten-bedroom mansion with an internal swimming pool, and many outbuildings, including an ice cream manufacturing facility.

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