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What is a Property Survey?

Property Survey Mortgage Advice in Leeds

The good news, you have had your offer accepted on a property. However, is the house actually worth what you said you would pay for it?

A property survey will carry out to find out the actual value and the property’s overall condition. Then, the surveyor inspects the property and highlights any concerns, such as structural damages like uneven walls or subsidence. 

They will highlight any significant repairs or alterations needed, such as repairing the roof.

Different types of property survey

There are numerous survey options available. The three main types of property surveys are mortgage valuations, homebuyer’s report and a full structural survey. Depending on the Lender, the survey might be free of charge. Read on for a more vital explanation of the different types of survey available.

The outcome of your survey report will vary depending on the survey that you choose. Some provide you with in-depth detail, whereas others will only brush upon certain aspects. You’ll find that the more in-depth a survey is, the more costly it will be.

Nevertheless, navigating the property market can be complex, and it can be tempting to choose the cheapest solution. But attempting to save money on a survey may lead to far more expensive in the long term. 

If you discover something on your survey about your property that you weren’t told about, by law, you are allowed to approach the seller and negotiate a fairer price.

Mortgage Valuation

Mortgage Valuations are the simplest type of property survey. These are carried out to work out how much a property is worth. Your lender will need to ensure that the property price matches how much you are set to borrow from them. 

For example, if you put an offer above the property’s actual value, the seller will likely accept your offer. However, your lender won’t. Unless you have the funds to make up the difference, the lender will pull out of the deal. This is called a down valuation.

Unfortunately, this type of survey doesn’t point out apparent repairs and damages. However, it can inform you of obvious structural defects that will require a further look at. For additional property investigation, you will be required to pay more to upgrade your survey. In the long run, this may be worth it.

Homebuyer’s Report

A Homebuyers Report focuses on safety. How safe is the property? Is it suitable for living? These things need to be checked as there could be a mould problem, damp issues or something that does not pass the current building laws.

A property expert will carry out the report. They will examine the property from top to bottom, ensuring that it’s safe for you to move into.

Full Structural Survey

As a Mortgage Broker in Leeds, if you’ve made an offer on an older building, we would strongly advise that you take up a Full Structural Survey.

This is the most expensive property survey because the whole property is surveyed. It will also provide the most significant insight to the property out of the three primary surveys, highlighting what condition the property is in and what changes need to be made if the property purchase goes through.

A Full Structural Survey can take as long as a whole day, depending on the property size.

Do I need to get a survey on a new build?

New build properties work slightly differently. There is a property survey specialised for them called a Snagging Survey. This survey will point out both minor and significant issues, and it could be anywhere from a crack in the ceiling to a missing hinge on the door.

If the new build has already been built and it’s ready for you to move into, ideally, you want to get a snagging survey carried out on it before moving in. This way, you have the power to negotiate to price if there is anything wrong with the property.

Mortgage Advice in Leeds

If you need guidance on which survey to choose, don’t hesitate and get in touch to speak with one of our reliable mortgage team. We’ve helped hundreds of First Time Buyers and Home Movers in Leeds select the most suitable property surveys for previous customers – you could be next!

You can receive the services of a surveyor to carry out a Homebuyers report or building survey through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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