Historic buildings are full of character and can be lovely properties to live in. However, if you are considering buying an older or listed property, it is vital you fully understand what you are about to take on.

I can undertake and provide you with a pre-purchase building survey (also known as a structural survey). This is a detailed assessment and report of the building’s condition and also outlines appropriate repairs, to enable you to make an informed decision about your potential purchase.

This is particularly important where the property is statutorily listed, as potential repairs may require a specific approach or material, which can differ from more widely known modern construction practices and methods.

Similarly, the listing of a building affects what can be altered, which means you could be inheriting responsibility for existing unapproved alterations or your own ideas for altering and/or extending the property once purchased may be restricted.

I feel that it is really important for you to you fully understand the key elements of the building that you are considering buying. As such, my aim is to provide you with a report that gives a clear and concise assessment of the condition of the building and advise on any repairs.

If having read the survey report, you are still unsure or are struggling to fully understand a particular element of construction or issue, I am happy to discuss it further with you.

Unlike more modern buildings, older and listed properties can have unusual types of construction. As a Chartered Building Surveyor and specialist in historic buildings and building conservation, I can offer you the benefit of my knowledge and experience in surveying, repairing and altering older and historic buildings.

While different types of survey are available, the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) do not recommend anything less than a full building survey (structural survey) when purchasing properties that are large, older listed) or run-down, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works.

So give me a call to discuss your potential property and I will be happy to provide you with a quotation.