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Chartered Surveyor


Chequers Cottage, Lower Road

West Farleigh, Kent ME15 0PE

Tel.  07908 641668

Email. [email protected]


Kirk-Brown Limited

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Types of Survey

Home Survey Report


This survey is suitable for most types of properties and is by far the most common of the more in depth surveys. The report focuses on matters that have a material effect on the value of the property or defects that are in need of urgent repair. It covers the following:


 General background information on the property and its location.

 Evidence of the three greatest potential threats to the structure of the building; timber defects, movement and dampness.

 An inspection of the interior and exterior of the property covering the main elements.

 An overview of the services including recommendations for further testing if required.

 A valuation for insurance purposes.



You should try and read the report right the way through although there is a summary on the front page and a reminder of all the urgent repairs toward the end.


The Building Survey


This type of survey is much more detailed, and provides a comprehensive report about the current condition of the property. This type of survey is the most thorough one available, and each one can take several hours to complete. The survey will examine all accessible parts of the property and, if you wish to have any specific areas looked at, this type of survey is the right choice.


The Building Survey is suitable for all types of property, whether they are listed, unusual or old, whether you wish to perform renovation work on them or whether the property has already had extensions added to it. The actual survey does not provide a valuation, but the surveyor will include one if you request it. However, it is more likely that the Building Survey will be done for other reasons, as it provides such an extensive survey compared to the HSV. The main details of the Building Survey will include:


• All major and minor faults found within the property, and the implications that these will have.

• How much the repairs for these defects will cost.

• Testing for dampness of the walls, and results for these tests.

• Testing of all woodwork for damp and woodworm, and the results of these tests.

• Investigation into the condition of damp proofing, insulation and drainage, although the drains will not actually be tested.

• Technical information about how the property was construction, and all materials which were used in the process.

• Information about the location of the property.

• Proposals for any further special inspections and subsequent work which may need to be done on the property.


For further advice regarding the right survey for your property please do not hesitate to contact us.