Building Survey – London

Buying a home in London can seem like a dream come true, but it’s one that can quickly turn into a nightmare if you’re faced with structural defects, roof issues or an abundance of other common problems. Instead of potentially setting yourself up for financial hardship, let our chartered surveyors uncover the reality of the property’s condition by performing a comprehensive London Building Survey.

Faulty drainpipes, pitched roofs and structural defects are just some of the problems that chartered surveyors uncover frequently, yet as many as 80% of homebuyers still neglect to have properties surveyed before entering into a long-term financial commitment.

If you’d rather join the savvy investors who protect their investment and their future, you should consider calling our qualified RICS surveyors for a building survey in London. Obtain a free quote online or get in touch with our professionals today.

Cost of a Building Survey in London

The cost for a building survey in London varies depending on the size of the property, but the present starting price is £750. Some people rely on mortgage valuations to gain an insight into a property’s condition, but these brief reports merely exist to help lenders adequately secure their loans. Unlike a comprehensive building survey, mortgage valuations don’t detail the full extent of problems within a property or provide a cost estimate for any required repairs.

Our Full Building Survey is the most comprehensive report we provide, featuring written reports, photographs and quotes for any required works. Our chartered surveyors use advanced equipment, such as Pole Cams, to inspect every accessible nook and cranny of the property and provide reports that detail:

  • Areas of Movement
  • The Structural Condition of the Building
  • Timber Defects
  • Dampness
  • Condensation
  • Insulation
  • Roof Structure
  • External Walls
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Services (Gas, Electricity, Water, Drainage, Heating)

Is a Building Survey in London a worthwhile investment?

For as little as a few hundred pounds, a building survey can identify damages that could cost thousands to remedy and help you gauge the likelihood of issues arising in the future. In the process, you’ll gain the ability to reduce the asking price significantly.

Building Survey Example Report

Click on the button below to download an example of the typical Building Survey report that we produce.

Building Survey Benefits

  • A peek into the future
    Our detailed reports help you save money in the long run by highlighting even seemingly minor issues that could exacerbate and become costly to repair if neglected.
  • A comprehensive insight into a property’s condition
    You don’t need to risk borrowing hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of pounds to buy a home that could prove to be a poor investment because a building survey details the condition of the roof, timber defects, all internal and external areas and more.
  • A powerful bargaining chip at the negotiating table
    Not all problematic properties need to be avoided, but you need to know whether the asking price is a true reflection of the home’s value. You could secure a property for much less than its asking price by highlighting the areas which require attention.

Sara Thomas
09:07 19 Jan 21
The homebuyer’s report carried out by Harding Chartered Surveyors was clear informative and timely. The level of detail was just what I needed in order to appreciate what the property needed doing and to help me with my decision to proceed with the purchase process.
Aimee Glensor
19:09 08 Jan 21
Really helpful, made the process easy and really efficient service even though it was over the holiday period. Would def recommend / use again
Claudio Mascolo
18:24 30 Nov 20
Kate is very responsive and also took time to advise me on the phone at the very beginning. Scott Ingham did our report. It was thorough and informative. Felt in safe professional hands throughout.
John Simmons
15:53 29 Oct 20
Martina Glaser
17:56 28 Oct 20
Scott completed a survey for me on a flat purchase and both he and Kate were great – very quick to respond, knowledgeable, thorough and happy to address any additional questions I had. Would definitely recommend and use them again.
Bene Walters
10:47 05 Oct 20
I requested Harding to provide a valuation for a lease extension. Albert Wellington was in charge of my property and he was extremely professional and helpful in addressing all my concerns. I would recommend him and the company with no hesitation.
Claire Brown
14:17 19 Aug 20
A very efficient, timely and thorough service for us, as we go through the house buying process. I’d definitely use them again.
Nicholas R.
10:05 23 Jul 20
Very satisfied with service. Report was delivered promptly and provided the information we needed.
Richard Denison Gay
14:49 02 Jun 20
Excellent service; professional, helpful, communicative and courteous as well as relatively quick. I would highly recommend.
Marianna Ciampa
14:25 30 Jan 20
Very efficient and professional. I had my survey few months ago before buying my house and I am still following the advice from the survey to fix and repair what needed. I dealt with Scott Ingham and I think he worked very accurately and checked everything very carefully. Highly recommended.
Amel Ahmed
16:15 13 Nov 19
Needed a valuation for a property purchase and can honestly say the service was 1st class from start to finish. Queries were dealt with promptly and followed up via telephone to make sure I was happy with the responses.The team are extremely knowledgeable.Thank you Kate, Albert, David and the rest of the team I will definitely use the company again.
Millie Jones
16:07 30 Oct 19
Harding’s were great – very responsive, gave a very clear and detailed report and were happy to run through their comments with me over the phone.
Emma Goldschmidt
16:21 01 Oct 19
Brilliant thorough service!
Jennifer Smith
11:12 30 Aug 19
Harry Coaker
09:46 22 Aug 19
Dealt with James Brook, very efficient and professional, James had the report sent out to us within 24hrs. would highly recommend.
Karen Royal
21:33 14 Aug 19
David Good
10:34 20 Jul 19
Harding Chartered Surveyors are a very professional business who handled a challenging task for us with ease. I highly recommend them and will be using their services again.
Karen Ng
22:30 01 Jul 19
Very efficient service and very detailed report. We are very satisfied.
Lily Kwong
10:38 24 Jun 19
Really quick turn around and professional service.
Sue Hodgkins
16:42 20 Jun 19
Neill Ghosh
14:22 11 Jun 19
Have used for years and always been very happy. Competitive on service and always good on deadlines and quality. Recommended.
tom binks
17:56 09 Apr 19
Kevin Loughlin
20:27 28 Mar 19
The surveyor turned up on time as planned to survey the roof, both inside and out, then was happy to discuss it all with us afterwards. Bit tricky in high winds. Report arrived 2 days later, just what we needed. Professional and thorough. Recommended.
Jon Brennan
09:44 01 Mar 19
Quick, responsive and very thorough. Would definitely recommend Hardings to others, and will come back to them the next time I need a survey completed.
Abi and Andy La Fontaine
20:57 20 Feb 19
Quick, efficient and excellent service. Came as a recommendation from a friend and we’d happily recommend too.
Bradley Roth
01:56 16 Feb 19
Giulio Pepe
16:25 16 Dec 18
Thorough and professional surveyors. Very happy with their service. Highly recommended.
Margaret Rowley
16:09 03 Dec 18
Simon Wilson
15:54 10 Nov 18
Good, thorough, and promptly scheduled homebuyer survey in Fulham. The surveyor called me and explained everything clearly.
Daniel Vernazza
10:41 29 Apr 18
I highly recommend David. Very good technical knowledge. He was always available for our questions, which included a detailed call on the same day as the survey. The written survey report was clear, detailed and included pictures and estimates of the cost of repairs.
James Palairet
11:16 09 Jan 18
David gave us a fantastic service and has been a huge help during our property purchase process. We have had 2 surveys carried out, both of which were arranged very promptly. Thorough and extremely useful telephone calls and full written reports were received shortly afterwards. David’s reports and advice have been invaluable to us.
Sarah Dixon
14:13 08 Jan 18
I have worked with David and his team as a buying agent for many years now. The service they offer is an excellent one, timely with a commonsensical approach. I would recommend them to anyone.
William Sharples
08:57 05 Oct 17
James provided a very professional and thorough service, highly recommended.
Elif Erdine
14:30 04 Oct 17
Very experienced firm and friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Speak to a Chartered Surveyor

If you want to learn more about the benefits of a building survey in London or would like to discuss your free quote, don’t hesitate to contact us.