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Cosey Homes are an established practice of Chartered Surveyors and structural engineers in Birmingham and the West Midlands. We have in excess of 10 years’ industry experience and are accredited by the most important professional industry bodies including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Our team provides a full range of property surveying and consultancy services including residential property valuations, RICS HomeBuyer Surveys and RICS Building Surveys. Purchasing a property is one of the most important investment decisions of your life, after all, which is why it is essential that you’re able to make an informed choice.

At Cosey Homes, we will provide you with a thorough understanding of the physical condition of the building you are thinking of buying.

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Birmingham Victoria Square, One Victoria Square

Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1BD

birmingham@coseyhomes.co.uk

0121 516 2023

What types of survey are available?

Cosey Homes offer a comprehensive range of services including valuations, building surveys and reports. Our dedicated team works independently from estate agents or mortgage companies. We take great pride in our professional approach, giving impartial advice and an unbiased assessment of the building to help you make the right purchase decision. Our reports are designed to be easy to understand and contain valuable information to guide your decisions based purely on facts and figures.

As RICS accredited surveyors and valuers, we offer:

RICS HomeBuyer Survey

A HomeBuyer Survey is a mid-level property investigation, recommended for modern homes of standard construction that are in a reasonable state of repair. The survey is non-invasive and based on a visual inspection of all accessible elements the property. The aim is to provide an expert evaluation of the building’s overall condition, highlighting any obvious defects. The report also includes an independent market valuation. The RICS HomeBuyer Report is designed to help property buyers make a reasoned and informed judgement on how to proceed with their purchase.

At Cosey Homes, we use a templated reporting format that is jargon-free and easy to follow, adopting the RICS standard reporting traffic light system to highlight the severity and level of urgency of any issues found.

RICS Building Survey

Formerly known as a Full Structural Survey, the RICS Building Survey is the most comprehensive property report we produce. It is usually recommended for homes that are in excess of 70 years old, for larger properties and buildings that have undergone (or are planning to undergo) significant alterations.

An in-depth visual inspection of all accessible elements of the property will assess its overall condition and state of repair, giving details of all major faults and defects including subsidence, damp, timber decay, woodworm and rot. The report will also contain our expert recommendations for remedial action and repair as well as future maintenance requirements, including cost estimates.

Residential Valuations

As RICS Registered Valuers with extensive local property knowledge, we provide highly accurate residential property valuations that are a world away from an estate agent’s informal market appraisal.

Our professionally trained surveyors are formally qualified in market valuation techniques for properties and will carry out calculations to arrive at robust figures that can be relied on for many official purposes. Whether you require a residential valuation for probate or tax purposes, for personal asset valuation or matrimonial matters, for insurance or (re)mortgaging purposes, the Cosey Homes team should be your first port of call.

FAQs

Do I really need a property survey?

It is good common sense to obtain independent expert advice before you make a huge financial commitment such as a property purchase. With a survey in place, you have the peace of mind of knowing there won’t be any expensive nasty surprises down the line.

Which survey is right for my property?

There are many different types of property survey available and it is important to choose the best one for your needs. Contact our expert team for professional guidance, so you get the right level of detail and all the facts you need to inform your decision making.

Do you test services (gas, electrics etc) during the survey visit?

By law, we are unable to test any services since Chartered Surveyors are not qualified gas or electric engineers. We will carry out a visual inspection and typically recommend further testing by a qualified professional.

What are reinstatement costs?

Reinstatement costs are usually calculated for insurance purposes. The figure represents the full cost of rebuilding the property from scratch and repatriation of any grounds and/or outbuildings.

How will the survey report be sent?

Once the survey has been completed and gone through our quality control checks, you will receive your copy as a PDF document via email. Should you require a hard copy in the post, please let us know and we can arrange this for an additional fee.

How long does it take to receive the report?

At Cosey Homes, we will do our best to work as quickly as we can to get your survey ready for you. We aim to deliver all our survey or valuation reports within 5 working days from the date of the inspection.

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