Residential Building Surveys in Cardiff, Chartered Building Surveyors
Purchasing your home is probably the biggest outlay you are ever going to make, therefore it is vitally important that you are fully aware of the property’s overall condition. A comprehensive survey of the property can help uncover any work that may need to be carried out to the property before you buy it. There are various types of survey that can be carried out, the survey you will require depends on the type of information that is needed and the age of the property. As a buyer there are three main types of survey to choose from:
Valuations In Cardiff
A valuation tells the lender how much the property is worth and will usually be carried out by your mortgage company if you need a mortgage to buy the property. We do however offer rebuild valuations for insurance purposes.
Home Buyer Surveys in Cardiff
A home buyer survey reports on defects in the property, its condition and actionable repairs. These types of report are compliant to the RICS format and have been designed to cover all aspects of the property but is more of an abbreviated version of the full buildings survey. This type of survey report is generally suitable for more modern type property built after 1950’s.
Full Building Survey in Cardiff
This type of survey provides a more detailed report than the home buyer survey. It is recommended for older properties and those in need of work, or simply for peace of mind. Our Full Building survey gives the best and most comprehensive feedback and advice. Also known as a Structural Survey, the surveyor will look at the complete property and give a detailed opinion regarding the state of every single aspect of the building. This is our most commonly commissioned report and our specialist area of expertise. It is particularly suitable for older properties or properties which have had major alterations over the years or properties which appear to have problems that need further investigation. The survey includes an inspection of the whole of the property both inside and out including entering the roof void where applicable.
As a RICS regulated building surveyor Western Building Consultants can provide all types of building survey. We can also provide advice on how to alter or extend your property including carrying out project management of the works.
Unique Market Approach
How does our service differ from our competitors? We are not in the business of volume surveys compared to other regional practices, we provide bespoke quality surveys in Cardiff & surrounding areas that are tailored to your needs as the client. This can include looking at specific items or options for refurbishment and extension or particular areas of worry. Our reports are usually turned around in 5 working days. Due to our unique multi-disciplinary approach, we provide an unrivalled after service, including where appropriate the drawing up of a schedule of repair works and project administration. We will call you after the survey to discuss any major issues identified, our reports also contain an approximation of the costs involved to bring the property up to a modern standard. If we think the property will not meet your brief we may even discuss with you not continuing with the report to save costs.
Listed Building Surveys in Cardiff
Cardiff contains a large density of Listed Buildings, knowledge of their construction is very important and many surveyors outside of the area lack the expertise to deal with the issues facing the historic stock. Our surveyors are fully equipped and skilled to carry out surveys on historic or sensitive Listed buildings in Cardiff and carry out defect analysis across a whole range of properties across the city.
If you need advice about your property purchase, Western building Consultants can help. We provide home buyer reports and building surveys to help you make an informed decision on whether you should proceed with the purchase of your property. Buying a house is an important and expensive investment getting the correct survey will help you decide if the purchase price is reasonable, and also inform you if the property has any significant defects or serious risks affecting the property.
I have enjoyed working with Western Building Consultants on a complicated project for about 4 years now. During that time they have without fail given me a high level of customer service, being welcoming, responsive and competent.
As a customer I particularly appreciate that WBC are value for money. They also stick to their quotes and don’t add a lot of extras. Help and advice is always forthcoming generally at no extra charge.
Thank you so much for all your advice today. That was so very helpful, not only with the structure of the property but especially with your comments about the whole set up. I can see that we were within a gnat’s whisker of entering a complete can of worms… Thank you so much for saving us from making a stupid mistake.
Thanks to you both your help in this matter – you were both extremely efficient and accommodating (more than I can say about other companies I contacted).
Your professionalism has been invaluable, thank you.
Thank you for your extremely comprehensive report. It will be of immense help when deciding on the works we would like to carry out on the property. We have decided to take your advice and move into the property and live in it for a while to assess our requirements.
Thank you for your prompt service, could not have asked or expected more. I note your comments and in an ideal world everything would have been 1.
Will not hesitate to recommend you, and will make a point of letting the estate agent know this too.
I just wanted to say thank you very much for your thorough and clear report. It is written in an informative and jargon free way which has made a pretty hefty document ultimately digestible and easy to understand.
Hello Kerry, Many thanks for the report and invoice receipt.
Please pass on my thanks to Paul for the survey. In my working life, I read many stock survey reports – I work with social housing providers to set up their asset management strategies – and this was one of the clearest and most comprehensive I’ve seen.
Dear Paul, Thank you so much for your fast response and the detail in your report is very very good and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your efforts.
Many thanks for your swift and thorough return of this report, we so appreciate you getting this back to us on such a tight turn around this week, and on the first read it seems extremely clear and comprehensive.
Hi Kerry / Paul, Thanks for sending the survey across.
I’d also like to thank you for your excellent service and professionalism. I considered many surveyors before choosing to proceed with you and it’s clear that I made the right choice. I won’t hesitate to recommend you to family, friends and colleagues in the future.
“We have commissioned three building surveys from WBC until we found the house that was right for us and all thanks to you”
I never expected so much detail, the report was really great and there were things I never even considered, even being in the construction trade
The report was brilliant and went into so much detail, having had reports from other surveyors in the past this report was far superior
“Highly recommended. Good customer service over the phone and by email. Very quick: from the initial phone call booking a site visit to me receiving the calculations took only 8 days.”
“We used James Dean …Western Building Consultants as an architect. Very good”
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We were really happy with them, they came highly recommended by several people”
“Excellent service and help from the initial design/planning stage through to the end of all works”
“I can recommend Western Building Consultants. They are great on structural calculations, advice and technical drawings to whatever extent you want. We used them for advice and calcs for taking out our main load bearing wall downstairs. They were recommended several times over when we started looking.”
“Superb, professional, efficient, friendly, positive”