For most people, purchasing a home is one of the largest investments they will ever make, and yet the decision is often made on the basis of only one or two brief viewings. Unfortunately, even a home that appears to be in good condition may have hidden defects that even the vendor may not know about. While they may not change your decision to buy, you would certainly want to know about them before you commit to the purchase.


Although in most cases there will be nothing serious enough to stop you proceeding, having a full understanding of the condition of the property allows you to accurately budget for what you may have to spend when you move in. In some cases it may give you grounds to negotiate a fair discount on the purchase price. Above all, it gives you peace of mind that there is nothing seriously wrong with the property that could significantly affect its value or cause unexpected expenses once you have moved in.

Since there is very rarely any remedy available after completion if you have bought a house with problems you didn't know about, getting a thorough survey appropriate to the property is vital to protect you from potentially unlimited time and expense in the future.

Having a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) standard survey conducted by a RICS Chartered Surveyor such as those at Lamar Chartered Surveyors means that you can have confidence that your survey will be conducted to a high standard, following strict rules and best practice. The surveyor will provide their report on a RICS template, making it immediately comparable with any other survey of the same type conducted on any other building, easy for you to share with other professionals, and easy for you to quickly identify key information and any significant areas for concern.

Why do I need a survey?

Lamar Chartered Surveyors understand that buying a property is a daunting task that already involves a lot of expenses, and purchasers want to make the best decisions and protect their interests without spending unnecessary money. Our expert advisors have years of experience assessing all kinds of different buildings. We will happily discuss the property you are purchasing and any particular concerns you have, and advise on the best kind of survey to suit your needs. All prices given below are starting prices and we will agree the actual cost depending on the size and proposed purchase price of the property.
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