Worthing Building Surveyors Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

A lot of people are unsure on whether instructing a survey is a good idea, so we've answered some frequently asked questions to help you discover whether or not a structural survey is for you.

Deciding on a land or real estate purchase is never easy, as they are two of the most expensive things that money can buy. This makes buying, selling and investing a rather scary prospect. We are here to make sure you have all the information that you need about your investment and to help you know the difference between the surveys available to you.

We cover the who, what, why and how of instructing a surveyor in Worthing.

Do I need a survey?

If the property that you are looking to purchase in the Worthing area is a new building, there are two main reasons why you should consider a survey:

  • Firstly, a number of new properties come with a 10-year NHBC guarantee. If you find a defect in the first 10 years of the property being built, the builder will often need to rectify it for you. However, if you don’t find a defect until after the first 10 years, then you’ll be held responsible and will have to pay for the rectification yourself.
  • New properties often dry out, take on water or shift and this usually results in cracking of various degrees of seriousness. If the construction calculations are just a tiny margin out, this could still lead to a very large repair bill. Getting a survey on a new property could save you a huge amount of money on future repair bills.

And the risks are even greater on older buildings:

  • A typical building material’s life-span is around 60 years. Many materials may still be safe in a property for hundreds of years, but getting a survey is a safe bet as sometimes the deterioration of building materials goes unnoticed until it is too late. The rate of the deterioration depends greatly on the conditions of the area that the property is built in.
  • Defects such as wood rot, structural movement and a variety of types of damp, can develop and worsen over time. Catching such defects at an early stage can mean that repair bills are cheaper and the problems are easier to fix and less likely to develop. Ignoring these issues could cost you thousands of pounds.

What exactly can you help with?

We provide surveying services from Structural Surveys, to House Purchase Surveys and RICS HomeBuyer Reports, along with offering expert property advice in Worthing and across West Sussex.

With an expert surveying team that has extensive knowledge of the Worthing area, we strive to offer a range of services and advice to suit you, your property and your budget, and we are always prepared to adapt to your needs.

Our qualified building surveyors discuss your property requirements on an individual, personal level. We cover everything in Worthing; from the private sector to the public sector, large commercial properties to small terraced residential properties. Our depth of experience means that whatever the type, age or size of the property, we can help.

Your Chartered Building Surveyor in Worthing can carry out a wide variety of surveys for you, from Schedule of Condition Reports to Full Structural Surveys, and even just Verbal Acquisition Advice. Wherever you are in Worthing, our surveyor is here for you.

Who do I speak to during the process?

When you call Worthing Right Surveyors, you will be put straight through to your local Chartered Surveyor’s office and whatever survey you need, whether it is a single fault assessment or a structural survey, we will be able to discuss your requirements.

We understand how stressful it is purchasing a new property and that is why we do our very best to give you the advice and service that you need to make buying your property exciting, not stressful.

Speaking in person to an experienced and qualified building surveyor who is familiar with Worthing and the local area can really help. A lot of people don’t know what kind of survey their house needs, but your surveyor can give you an initial idea about what defects your property has that could be a concern, and he can give you advice on possible ideas that you have for your property.

Our surveyor will provide you with a detailed report on the results of your survey and will then give you advice on what the report means for your property, the purchase price and any maintenance requirements that you should be planning for.

Which service is best for me?

At Worthing Right Surveyors, we take pride in offering such a wide variety of surveys; a lot of surveying practices only offer the RICS HomeBuyers Report and basic structural surveys, whereas we offer these surveys and more, to ensure that your individual requirements are met.

For those of you with a tight budget, we recommend the RICS HomeBuyers Survey, it is not excessively detailed but gives you a broad overview of the defects throughout your property. Or getting some Verbal Acquisition Advice can be helpful at a low expense; as it gives you and the surveyor the opportunity to tour your property together, where your building surveyor will verbally explain any defects in full detail.

If your potential property is old or complex, then we recommend a House Purchase Survey Report, a Structural Survey or a Full Building Survey. These surveys are a bit more thorough and provide you with an in-depth analysis of the condition of your property.

We offer a lot more than just these surveys, so please do get directly in touch with Worthing Right Surveyors to get detailed information and quotes on the array of surveys that we do.

What are your fees?

As many professionals do, Worthing Right Surveyors charge for their time; because of this, we do not have a set price rate for our surveys. Set price rates means set time restrictions and this leads to our surveyor not able to do as much of a thorough and detailed a job as he could be doing.

Also, Worthing Right Surveyors focuses on delivering a cost-effective service, paying the surveyors by time means that their work can adapt to fit your budget. The surveyor will spend the amount of time that you want them to spend on the job, this means you pay what you can afford by choosing the level of detail which best suits you.

The final price of your survey is estimated before the survey is carried out, the structural surveyor estimates how long the survey will take to complete based on the size of your property and your chosen service.

If you have any further questions or you are in need of a survey or some advice in the Worthing area, please to not hesitate to give us a call or drop us an email. Details can be found at the link below.

Worthing Surveyors is a trading name of Right Surveyors Sussex & Weald Ltd, serving Worthing and the surrounding area. Company Registration Number: 09563758.
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