Building Surveys

RICS guidance includes pro-forma survey forms for a basic Condition Survey (Level 1), for the Home-Buyer Service (Level 2) and for the Scottish Single Survey. Optional extras for the latter two are an Energy Report, a Valuation and an assessment of the Reinstatement Cost for insurance purposes. These products are targeted at ‘a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition’. For a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works, the RICS recommends the Level 3 Building Survey.

Smith & Garratt survey buildings...

We are specialist surveyors with acknowledged expertise in traditional and period properties and listed buildings; we understand the fabric of buildings. We work extensively but not exclusively on castles and country houses. Every week we advise on a whole range of properties – town houses, cottages, bungalows, farm buildings, buildings in good condition, buildings in shocking condition, buildings with supposedly inexplicable defects, bridges, towers, cellars, sewers. We help clients to maintain, to repair, to improve, to alter, to build. We provide building healthcare – from the routine check to pathology, from accident and emergency to planned surgery – your buildings are safe in our hands.

Smith & Garratt reports are useful...

Our reports are thorough. We inspect every part of a building and detail our findings. We tell you about the construction and the condition, the additions and alterations, the materials and the workmanship, the defects and the wants of repair. Where necessary we scan in 3D, take thermal images, undertake materials analysis and petrographics, use boroscopes, perform carbide tests, detect radon, analyse paint-scrapes, create heritage records. Our reports come with photographs so you see what we see. Our reports are for you, for your building, your solicitor, your lender, your tradesmen. We don’t do pro-forma surveys; it just isn’t our bag.

Smith & Garratt add value...

We offer a range of services including design, planning, building control and project delivery. We know the reliable trades, where to find those special thingummies and exactly how they should be fitted.

Smith & Garratt do other stuff too...

We understand buildings insurance, specialist valuations, tax, probate, compulsory purchase and compensation, property development, contacts in land, leases and tenancies, dispute resolution and expert reports. We call these our ‘Private Client Services’.

Smith & Garratt clients matter...

We tackle your problems as if they were our problems. We are sensible, professional, dependable, good to deal with and confidential. While we operate systematically, our work is bespoke – this is no sausage machine. Our clients come back...and when you do we’ll remember who you are.

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