Which Survey?

Hough & Co. offer a wide range of survey types to suit your individual needs:

Building Survey – an extensive site inspection and written report

  • Suitable for listed buildings, timber frame construction and properties requiring significant renovation
  • Provides a detailed breakdown of condition
  • Entails a close examination of all internal and external components of a building, including services such as hot and cold water installations and drainage
  • Identifies active woodworm attack, dry rot and other infestations

Property Overview – most commonly required when purchasing a domestic property

  • Suitable for all properties
  • Provides a full picture of construction and condition
  • Tailored to the client’s individual requirements
  • Report includes extensive technical information on construction, materials and range of defects, major to minor. The site inspection is identical to the Building Survey however the written report is less descriptive and therefore offers greater value for money.

RICS Homebuyer Survey & Valuation

  • A budget, simplified version of a building survey
  • Takes the format published by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Suitable for houses and flats built from the early 20th century to date and of simple or standard construction
  • Includes valuation and fire reinstatement cost valuation
  • Gives basic information regarding the condition of the property but contains no costing or detailed recommendations with regard to repair
  • Single-issue Defect Report – this is used following unfavourable comments made in a mortgage valuation or Homebuyers Report

  • A technical report on a particular problem, such as cracking or dampness
  • Economical and quick
  • Determines whether or not a "mountain or mole hill"
  • Building Appraisal and viability reports

  • Developed to accompany planning applications particularly for change of use or conversion of barns etc.
  • This gives an overview on the structural components with a view for retaining rather than replacement and reconstruction.