15 Jan 23 by Kirsty Worden
What is a structural survey?
A structural survey is a thorough inspection of a building’s structure, including its foundations, walls, floors, roof, and other key elements. It is usually carried out by a chartered building surveyor or a structural engineer and is typically done in conjunction with a visual inspection of the property.
The purpose of a structural survey is to identify any defects or potential problems with the structure of the building that may affect its stability, safety, or value. This can include things like cracks in walls or foundations, problems with the roof or chimney, and issues with damp or rot. The surveyor may also look for any signs of subsidence, which is when the ground beneath the building starts to sink or settle.
Structural surveys provide valuable information about the condition of a building. They can also be useful for homeowners who want to carry out renovations or make changes to their property, as they can help identify any structural issues that need to be addressed before work begins.
However, structural surveys are more intrusive than a normal pre-purchase survey, which is a visual inspection.
There are several reasons why you might need a structural survey:
- The main reason is if you are carrying out renovations: A structural survey can help you identify any structural issues that need to be addressed before you start your renovations. This can help you plan your project more effectively and avoid any costly surprises down the line.
- If you are concerned about the condition of your property: A visual inspection followed by a structural survey can help you identify any problems with the structure of your property and provide recommendations for repairs or maintenance. This can help you maintain the value and safety of your property.
- If you are buying a property: A structural survey can help you understand the condition of the building you are considering purchasing, so you can make an informed decision about whether to go ahead with the purchase and what the likely costs will be for any necessary repairs or improvements. However, it’s more normal to have a visual inspection such as a Building Survey.
- If you are selling your property: A structural survey can be useful for demonstrating to potential buyers that the property is in good condition and can help you negotiate a fair price for your property. This only happens rarely.
The main difference between a residential survey and a commercial property survey is the type of property being inspected. Commercial surveys are focused on commercial properties, while residential surveys are focused on domestic properties. However, both types of surveys involve a thorough inspection of the property’s structure and systems to identify any issues or defects that need to be addressed.
Vickery Holman has qualified Building Surveyors based around the South West. We would be delighted to talk to you about structural surveys and to help you decide what kind of survey is best for you.