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Which Survey Do I need?

Over the years, we’ve seen all sorts of defects in properties of all types and ages. We cannot stress how important it is not to neglect to have a quality written survey for the property you are buying.

Obtaining Best Value

The cost of a survey, say £600, £800 or even £1,000 is small change compared to the cost of repairing defects that could cost thousands more. To put it bluntly, opting to not obtain a quality survey, could cost you a lot more money in the long term.

The quality of the survey is important. Cheap survey fees mean the surveyor has to carry out quantity to meet monthly fee targets, which can impact on quality. We feel that charging more for our services, allows us time to write better quality since our surveyors have less surveys to undertake. The upside means we can give you quality information to help you renegotiate on the property. We typically find £10k, £15k, £20k worth of defects.

Now ask yourself this, if you were given these costs for defects, does a high survey fee sound reasonable? This is the main reason we only give our surveyors 5 surveys a week as opposed to 10 like most firms do. 

Quality NOT Quantity

It’s easy to be seduced by the appearance and feel of a property when walking around with the agent. After all, we all get excited at the prospect of a new home or investment, which can easily detract from the real condition, while ignoring problems ranging from foundation issues to damp and everything in between. With the cost of repairs and maintenance hitting you in the pocket after it’s too late and you have signed contracts. 

It is therefore important you obtain a ‘quality’ survey so you have detailed facts about your property. 

At Dunham Hale, we provide quality surveys and although we admit our fees are higher than most, we use these fees to allow us time to carry out detailed work and provide quality rather than simply churning out a high number of surveys, just to get your fee, like some firms do. 

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Be risk aware and go for the safe option and gamble a small sum of money for a survey. If for example, you are prepared to pay £600k for a property then pay £900 for the survey, that’s only 0.15% of the purchase price. At the very least you will be able to negotiate £900 off the purchase price of the property. However, by using Dunham Hale Surveyors, you may even be able to negotiate thousands of pounds more.

So, how do you decide which survey is right for you? The most straightforward way to determine your needs is to call us at Dunham Hale Surveyors for expert property advice. Or, you can read our brief guides on the different types of surveys and then give us a call and our team will be able to advise further.


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