Regulated by RICS
Morguard Building Surveyors is regulated by RICS (Registration no:883073) for the provision of surveying services. This means we agree to uphold the RICS Rules of Conduct and all other applicable mandatory professional practice requirements of RICS, which can be found at www.rics.org. As an RICS regulated firm we have committed to cooperating with RICS in ensuring compliance with its standards.Our full commitment to the RICS strict rules and regulations is a mark of quality to ensure that our clients receive the best possible advice and service with complete peace of mind.
Purchasing a freehold or leasehold property is both expensive and stressful, for most it represents the single largest financial investment they will make in life.
When buying either a freehold or leasehold property, a detailed survey will provide a record of the condition, defects and with our Level 3 service, a list of the likely costs of rectification along with advice on how to fix those defects.
Our reports are not one size fits all models like other surveying practices offer. Ours are bespoke and tailored to individual clients' needs. We speak to all our clients prior to any inspection to understand any concerns they may have and gauge their level of understanding - then we tailor the report accordingly. Whether you are a seasoned purchaser or a first time buyer, we will make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Our experience within the industry has led us to have contacts in most areas ranging from electricians to glazers, roofers to damp specialists and many more in between. We would be happy to share these with you should you need them during this process.
We are conscientious, knowledgeable, dedicated, and passionate about what we do. We will work tirelessly to provide you with a service that goes above and beyond. Communication is key and we will arm you with the information needed to make the final decision on your purchase.
We aim to make, what is a stressful process, a little less difficult. We don’t like jargon or hiding behind technical language. Where we are required to use this, we will explain in layman’s terms, what we mean.
Known as either Residential Property Reports, Home Surveys or Building Surveys, these are often misunderstood in terms of what is offered, and our service follows the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ guidelines (RICS) and is based upon a detailed visual inspection and some non-invasive testing techniques. Based upon the inspection, photography and testing, a detailed report is compiled and issued to assist you to consider your options and risks.
We offer level two and level three surveys; these are slightly different in the content of the reporting, and we will be happy to discuss the differences in the reporting standard with you when you have found a property that you wish to proceed with.
Properties come in all shapes, sizes and conditions and depending upon the type of purchase you are making, we tailor our service to suit your needs.
Dilapidated or non-standard properties can often pose challenges to both repair, maintenance and in some cases mortgage financing and we can quickly provide you with the necessary information to assist with these issues.
Each Home Survey is a bespoke and in-depth report and includes a detailed summary highlighting the issues that require attention or further investigation.
A Home Survey is a detailed visual inspection of the condition of a property. The Surveyor inspects the property and reports on all the external elements of the building, the grounds, the internal elements and the building services such as electrical and heating, water sewage and drainage arrangements.
Each is categorised by way of a traffic light coding system with a photographic record of the conditions encountered on the day and some advice into causes and remedies for defects, risks and opportunities.
Level 2 Service
Our Level 2 Home Survey is appropriate for properties that are under 50 years old or are generally in good condition. Our Surveyor will spend 2-3 hours assessing the property, and then compile and prepare the report. All our Surveyors will be happy to discuss the report findings and key points with a client by telephone if they are concerned or need clarification. The cost of a Level 2 Home Survey starts from £525 for a one bed flat.
Level 3 Service
Our Level 3 Home Survey is a more detailed appraisal, and the report and recommendations are presented in a detailed report. This service is recommended for older or dilapidated properties, non-standard properties with potentially challenging material choices or construction methods, listed and historically important properties and properties with visible signs of defects where the purchaser requires advice on the nature and costs related to repair and maintenance programmes.
The Level 3 Home Survey can cost anything from £600 for a small one bed flat up to £6,000 for a 9 bed mansion but this is all dependent on the size and the value of the individual property. You are paying for a detailed report on your property, where the Surveyor may have to spend more time looking at different elements. The time a Surveyor will spend in the property can range from 3-5 hours, and they will write up a comprehensive report pointing out the defects and issues and offering solutions to those problems, as well as explaining anything to the client if they are concerned.
A Home Survey will include:
The Surveyor will inspect all visible and accessible parts of a building, including roofs, walls, floors, windows and doors, chimneys, cellars, garages, and outbuildings, building services provision and the grounds.
Surveyors have a legal responsibility to discover and inform of any major problems with a property, so during the building inspection, Surveyors will actively search for potential problems and building defects.
Our focus is on finding any property issues and communicating them to you in understandable terms.
Our mature and experienced team, both in the office and in the field, will provide you with the level of reassurance and professional service to help you assess the risks and opportunities related to your purchase. Our welcoming administration team will guide you through the process of booking in a survey and are more than happy to provide you with the customer service you need – giving answers when needed and advice where requested. Please call us on 020 3662 6586 or 07900 882371 to find out what makes us different to other surveying practices.