Leo Horsfield Surveying

Leo Horsfield Surveying Building Surveyors & Engineers
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Building / Structural Surveys – Residential


Leo Horsfield Surveying has significant experience in undertaking building surveys and defect analysis. We are Regulated by the RICS and are a Chartered Building Consultancy. We cover the whole of London, Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

The most common type of survey we provide is a full Building Survey (also known as a structural survey). This is a detailed survey suitable for any building older than about 1970.

This survey provides advice on any defects and maintanence issues. We also include photographs, budget costs for any remedail works and a legal section highlighting any specific issues for your solicitor to check.

If you would like a informal chat about a survey or require any further information please call us on 01273 386775 or email info@lhsurveying.co.uk .

Leo did a full building survey for me on a terraced house I am purchasing. He rang me a soon as he had done the survey and gave me a detailed overview of the building. He then sent over a very detailed report with photos. I had the survey back in less than 2 days from my initial call. Great service.
Stuart, Brighton

Below are some further details about surveys and the services we provide.

Why get a survey undertaken?

Buying or leasing is property is probably one of the largest commitments you can take. It is important that every precaution is taken prior to taking this step.

A survey is a way to establish the property is everything it appears to be and help raise any issues with the property prior to a significant financial commitment. Most properties have some defects or issues over their life cycle. Having a survey undertaken is a way or flagging up any issues with the property and highlight any likely future maintenance issues.

The purchase of most properties will involve a valuation undertaken on behalf of the lender. This type of valuation is intended to satisfy the lender that the property is suitable to lend upon. This does not constitute having a survey undertaken on the property.

How much will it cost?

Typically our surveys cost between £400 and £800 depending on the age and size of the property.

Many or our clients save a significant amount by the issues raised in our surveys with the properties they are purchasing. It is not uncommon for our clients to save several thousand pounds by the issues highlighted in our reports.

The question should be can you afford not to have a survey undertaken!

What type of survey do I require?

There are three main types of survey

Home buyers report
Full building survey (also known as a structural survey)
Report on specific defects

We are usually able to offer a full building survey for a similar fee to the Home buyers report. Often we find this is of more use to our clients.

Building Survey

This extensive report is based on a detailed inspection in as much depth as possible without damaging the building or vendors property, or involving any destructive examination. Please note if you are entering into a lease we would also recommend a schedule of condition to be undertaken in addition to a building survey.

If you have specific concerns about the property these can be included in the report. You might, for example, have ideas to extend or modify the property alternatively you may have worries about some cracks… whatever issues you need to address, we will offer professional advice and assistance.

It is particularly suitable for:

  • Listed buildings,
  • Larger or older buildings (pre 1970)
  • Building that have been extended or altered

The report includes:

  • Detailed information on construction
  • Technical advice on problems
  • Recommendations on remedial work
  • Advice on future maintenance
  • Any specific issues for your solicitor to check

We include budget costs for remedial works in our conclusion. This may help with negotiations on the purchase price. This will also help give you an overview of the liabilities involved with the purchase of the property.

Report on specific defects

This report provides diagnosis and recommendations for further action reporting on one or two issues at a property, for example roof coverings and structure, structural movement such as subsidence or issues of dampness and dry rot.

What they say

One of the most detailed reports I have seen. Clear and easy to understand.
Thank you,
Jennifer, Surbiton

Leo produced a full building survey for me. He provided a detailed high quality report with photos. He completed the survey in less than 3 days from my initial call. Very good service and would use him again.
Linda, SE London

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