Increasingly, lender valuers rely on digital data to assess the risk of the loan, without ever actually going to the property. Even if they do a physical visit, it will be a brief and incomplete review, and you probably won’t even get a copy of their report. The valuation is only intended for the benefit of the lender and they, too, will advise you to get independent advice about the condition of the home you are buying.
While it’s true that a modern property could have fewer defects than an older home, in more recent years, builders have tended to cut costs which has resulted in defects appearing in newer homes more rapidly than they might have done in an older property.
Only a thorough survey will give you the peace of mind to know what is, and isn’t, wrong.
RPSA surveyors work to the highest standards in the industry which means that every survey is based on a full and thorough inspection. To avoid causing damage, inspections are visual and non-invasive, so the surveyor uses his skill, knowledge and experience to understand the construction and pathology of the building, and to form a mental picture of what’s going on beneath the surface.
Unlike, for example, a traditional Homebuyers Report, which is more of a tick box exercise based on a partial inspection, as far as they are able, RPSA surveyors, amongst other things, will check the operation of every window, and every tap, lift the manhole covers and flush the toilets.
The surveyor uses a range tools and instruments to see and measure as much as is reasonably and safely possible.
You’re buying the whole house and so our job is to see and review as much of it as we can.
Most important is for us to tell you about defects that will be expensive to repair. These might include damp, rot, woodworm, subsidence, settlement, structural failure, the inside and outside of the roof, walls, chimneys, heating, plumbing, electrics, drains etc.
Your surveyor might spend 3 or more hours at the property which means we have the opportunity to thoroughly check every part.