In need of a Building Surveyor?

Your property is possibly the biggest financial investment you’ll ever make. And using the services of a RICS surveyor is an important part of the process Jeremy Hughes is a RICS registered independent surveyor, covering a broad range of residential property types. Our Structural Surveys and Home Buyers Surveys will provide you with a thoroughly detailed report on the property you’re buying and could save you hundreds if not thousands of pounds in repairs. Isn’t it better to be aware of any issues before committing to a purchase, then getting a nasty surprise later?

Being independent means that we work for you, not the lender. Our service is personalised to your circumstances.

Our services fall into the following broad categories:

  • Building & Structural survey – a full, comprehensive structural review of the property, particularly suitable for older, large or unusual properties
  • Homebuyers Survey – perfect for most modern residential properties
  • Specific Defects Survey – for advice on a particular structural issue such as damp, cracks etc
  • Design and specification alterations report
  • Energy Survey - A review using Thermal Imaging of heat loss in the home.

With over 40 years’ experience in the property and construction industry, Jeremy can identify and verify defects and causes and often provide remedies.

Jeremy has a reputation for professionalism, expertise, lateral thinking, attention to detail and a meticulous approach to providing surveying services with a prompt and reliable service.

Why choose us?

  • Expert advice
  • Flexible hours to suit our customers
  • RICS regulated
  • Knowledge of building regulations
  • Defect, analysis and repair solutions
  • Refurbishment and modernisation experience
  • Dilapidations schedule experience
  • Condition reports
  • Alterations and improvements expertise
  • Energy Assessor

Our customer Service

Our service doesn’t end once the report is compiled and submitted. We can follow up with detailed explanations of issues found and potential remedies and often recommendations for improvements with a view to design, form and function.

Helping you choose the right survey

Why do you need a RICS Home Survey? Because forewarned is forearmed. Choosing the right survey will help highlight any serious problems and advise you of the specific risks before you commit to the process of buying or selling a property. RICS has three different levels of survey (outlined below). These can only be conducted by an RICS qualified surveyor.

Reliable and cost effective, these reports carry the full weight of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – the industry’s most respected authority on surveying. Buying a home, it’s important to remember that your mortgage lender’s valuation report is not a survey. It merely tells your lender whether or not the property is reasonable security for your loan. A RICS survey will tell you the actual condition of the property. That’s vital information that can be invaluable during price negotiations, and will also help you avoid expensive surprises after you’ve moved in.

Selling a home

A RICS survey can be an aid to selling your home. It will show you any problems that may delay your sale or cause price reductions later in the process.

Buying a home

A survey of the current condition of your home will warn you of defects and help you avoid escalating repair and maintenance costs in the future.

Buying or selling? Survey your options

Choose this report if you’re buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. This service includes:

  • a visual inspection that is less comprehensive than the RICS Home Survey – Level 2 and the RICS Home Survey – Level 3
  • clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, and the grounds, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention
  • a summary of risks to the building, people and grounds and
  • an assessment of the relative importance of the defects and problems

No tests of the building fabric or services are undertaken.

The RICS Home Survey – Level 1 does not include advice on repairs or ongoing maintenance, and it does not include a valuation.

Ask your surveyor for a detailed ‘Description of the RICS Home Survey Level 1’ document.

Choose this report if you need more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition.

The focus is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of a property. This intermediate level of service includes a more extensive visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds, but still without tests.

Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars). The report objectively describes the condition of the different elements and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems.

Ask your surveyor for a detailed ‘Description of the RICS Home Survey Level 2 (survey only) document.

Choose this report if dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property. This service includes:

  • a detailed visual inspection of the building, its services and the grounds and is more extensive than a survey level two
  • concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars)
  • although the services are not tested, they are observed in normal operation – in other words, they are switched on or off and/or operated where the occupier has given permission and it is safe to do so.

The report objectively describes the form of construction and materials used for different parts of the property. It describes the condition and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. Additionally, it should:

  • describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects in areas not inspected
  • propose the most probable cause(s) of the defects based on the inspection
  • outline the likely scope of any appropriate remedial work and explain the likely consequences of non-repair; and
  • make general recommendations in respect of the priority and likely timescale for necessary work.

The surveyor may also be able to provide an estimate of costs for identified repairs if agreed with you in advance.

Contact Us

Email: jeremy.selas@gmail.com