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Leicester Surveyors

Cosey Homes are an experienced team of Chartered Surveyors and structural engineers offering a broad variety of property-related services and consultancy. We’ve been in business for 18+ years and are the leading surveying practice in Leicester and across the Midlands. We pride ourselves on having developed an excellent reputation for our impartial expert advice, high-quality reporting and great local customer service. If you are looking for a surveyor in Leicester who is passionate about bringing dedication and excellent service to all your surveying needs, please get in touch with the Cosey Homes team.

Surveyors Leicester

Are you considering the purchase of a property in Leicester or the surrounding area in the East Midlands? Buying a home is one of the most important financial commitments you can make, so it is essential that you do everything you can to protect your investment. We can help you gain clear insights into the condition and structural integrity of the property asset before you exchange contracts, empowering you to make the right purchasing decision.

At Cosey Homes, we provide everything from in-depth RICS Building Surveys (Level 3) and mid-range RICS HomeBuyer Reports (Level 2) to residential and commercial property valuations. We have vast expertise of working with all kinds of properties including flats and maisonettes, houses, business premises and commercial property.

Whether you are looking to obtain an accurate assessment of the condition of the property you are about to purchase, or you are concerned about a particular issue with the building, our team can provide you with all the salient facts required to make an intelligent decision. Bear in mind that, unless you have in-depth building and construction experience yourself, many building defects may not be obvious to the untrained eye. It takes specialist analysis to make a professional judgement on the state of repair, to save you from making a potentially expensive mistake.

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Should I get a survey for a new-build property?

You might reasonably expect your brand-new home to be in perfect condition but, sadly, that’s often not the case. Indeed, it is not at all uncommon for newly built flats or houses to have defects. Minor niggles may be addressed with the developer via a professional snagging list, however we would always recommend that your have a Condition Report (Level 1) completed for peace of mind that there’s nothing majorly wrong with the construction or building materials. NHBC-type warranties notwithstanding, many structural issues may not be obvious to the untrained eye. It takes a qualified impartial property surveyor to alert you to them.

Can I use ‘bad’ survey findings to obtain a discount on the agreed purchase price?

Yes, you can certainly try to renegotiate the purchase price if your RICS survey has flagged up major problems with the property. Many buyers use poor survey findings as evidence to go back to the seller, and also arm themselves with cost estimations for remedial work to negotiate a price reduction. Alternatively, you could ask the seller to remedy the problem directly before you exchange contracts. As the sale was originally agreed ‘subject to survey’, you are well within your rights to review the price if unexpected building problems come to light. That said, the seller is under no obligation to accommodate your request for a price reduction. If no compromise can be found, you will have to be prepared to walk away from the sale.

Should I be worried about ‘gazumping’?

In English property law, a transaction only becomes legally valid at the point where contracts are exchanged. Before that point, both parties are free to change their mind about the sale without incurring a penalty. Gazumping is a perfectly legal though morally objectionable tactic that can occur if the seller decides to accept a better offer from another interested buyer, leaving you without a property to buy. The best way to protect against gazumping is to insist that all marketing ceases as a condition of your offer, and to progress steadily and swiftly towards exchanging contracts.

Which survey is best for a Victorian house?

Victorian properties (roughly built between 1840 and 1900) are one of the most popular and abundant types of housing stock in the UK. On account of their age, we would always recommend that you commission a detailed RICS Building Survey (Level 3) for any property older than 70 years, which includes period homes built during Victorian and Edwardian times. These types of houses have unique features that may or may not have been altered, and only the most in-depth property investigation offers enough scope to do justice to the special requirements of a historic character home.

How quickly can I get the survey report?

At Cosey Homes, we fully appreciate that you may be anxiously waiting for our professional feedback on the property you are in the process of buying, so you can decide whether and how to proceed with the purchase. We work as fast as we are able, striving to deliver all our survey and valuation reports within 5 working days from the date of the site visit. Once the report is completed, we get it quality checked internally. Delivery is in the form of a PDF document sent by email. Should you require an additional hardcopy, this can be posted to you for a small additional fee.