The surveyor will carry out a structural survey to assess the condition of the
The report of the survey details the surveyors findings. Although this report
can run over 20 pages, it is worth paying attention to the liability clauses -
don't assume that you can sue the surveyor if the house collapses the day you move in.
Often the surveyor will only list visable defects. It is not their job to check
behind every cupboard and lift up every carpet. The surveyor will not be able to give you
a definitive answer to whether you should buy the house. Often a buyer may view
a defect in a different light. Surveyors will attempt to list every defect
they can find, and even the best houses may seem to be riddled with faults
judging by the size of report. Take into account that the majority of houses
will have some defects.
The main reason for the survey is to give you a priced list of minor and serious work needed.
The cost of work will tend towards the pessimistic side. Use this list to reapproach the seller and negotiate a lower price.
If the house price plus the cost of the necessary work is higher than the
market value of the property, you should seriously consider whether the house
is worth buying.