- Why have a survey?
- What type of survey?
- What do we inspect?
When purchasing a property it is vitally important to obtain good independent professional advice.
The advice you receive from a Red Kite Homebuyers Building Survey may save you thousands of pounds and may even help you renegotiate the purchase price to take account of any essential repairs. Alternatively if there are serious problems, the results of a quality Red Kite survey report may help you decide whether or not to proceed.
Most people think that their mortgage lenders valuation is a survey – it is not.
It's a limited inspection to identify problems that affect the security of your mortgage lenders loan. A property can have defects that are important to a prospective buyer, but are not of concern to the mortgage lender and therefore will not appear in a valuation report.
We assist and enable the home buying process. Our reports are clear, jargon free and written using calm language. Most defects and issues found at the property can be resolved to enable the purchase transaction to proceed. Our role is to survey, report and assist in this process.
We will carry out a thorough inspection of all elements of the property. We will report on all defects found together with remedial repair timetable and options. Advice on delaying repairs and hidden risks will be highlighted.
Which survey is for you?
The Red Kite Home Buyers Building Survey is for properties built post 1900 that are in an average or better condition and that are of a standard construction type.
- A comprehensive report. Plain English and jargon free
- Average 3-5 hour survey
- 40-45 page (approx.) report with photographs
Providing general advice on defects, repairs required and areas where further advice or information is advised.Book survey
The Listed, Historic & Cherished Building Survey is for properties that are listed, historic, significantly extended, or those that are neglected or unusual.
These require more detail, more attention and additional research into their history and construction changes and additions.
- A detailed report using some technical terminology
- Average 5-10 hour survey
- 55-65 page (approx.) report with detailed photographs
Provides detailed descriptions of repairs required and the type of works necessary, indicating where further professional advice is required. Also covered is a maintenance schedule.
"I wanted to say thank-you for your very detailed, professional survey, and your prompt response and advice." - Mrs R.W., Speldhurst
We will carry out a thorough inspection of all elements of the property.
We will report on all defects found together with remedial repair timetable and options. Advice on delaying repairs and hidden risks will be highlighted.
The inspection includes:
- Full Damp analysis
- External Structure and condition –
Chimneys, Roof, Walls, Gutters
- Roof Structure and condition
- Timber rot and damage
- Subsidence, Settlement and structural movement
- Insect or Beetle infestations
- Windows and Doors
- Leaks or failure of key services – Heating, Boiler, Electrics, Gas, Oil
- Drains – private cesspits and mains runs
- Alterations – Extensions, Loft Conversions, Chimney removals, Wall removals
- Ventilation issues
- Provide Energy Advice
- Items for Solicitors – e.g. Planning and Building Control Items
- Health & Safety issues – such as Asbestos
- Research Council held information
- Research any Listed Building information.
"I can recommend Jerry Quinnell, Red Kite Building Surveys. A comprehensive survey was carried out on my house purchase. The report was clear and informative. While it provided detail it was written in clear language and explanations to explain technical terms when needed. Photographic evidence was also used to clarify points. Jerry was also very helpful to offer realistic, practical advice to make improvements or correct defects." - Caroline Parr