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Cosey Homes are a professional practice of structural engineers and Chartered Surveyors in Newcastle and across the North of England, dedicated to providing a complete range of property surveying and consultancy services.

We have 10+ years’ industry experience and are accredited by some of the most respected professional bodies in the UK, including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). If you need a property survey for your next purchase in Newcastle, or any kind of building related advice, please contact us.

Buying a property is often one of the most expensive purchases of a lifetime, involving countless important decisions that can affect your enjoyment of your home for years to come. That is why it is essential that you are fully informed at the outset about the condition of the property that you are about to buy.

At Cosey Homes, we offer our professional expertise and local property experience to provide valuable information regarding the building’s physical condition and maintenance requirements to enable you to make a considered decision based on facts.

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Merchant House
30 Cloth Market
Newcastle
NE1 1EE

Why do I need a survey?

Which survey should I choose?

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Do I need a building survey?

We highly recommend that every buyer commissions a survey before they proceed with a property purchase. Whether you are looking to move into a beautiful listed cottage or a newly-built modern apartment, a survey can help you determine whether the property is as good as it looks, or whether there are hidden defects and substantial repairs needed. The results of a building survey often save buyers thousands of pounds in remedial work later down the line, and equip them with reasons to re-negotiate the purchase price. Even if no substantial defects are discovered, home buyers are usually quite pleased with the peace of mind a survey returns.

 

Do I have to have a survey on a new house?

It would be nice to think that a newly-built property is sold in perfect condition. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common for new homes to feature a whole host of problems. A professional snagging list can capture smaller jobs, however, a RICS Condition Report or HomeBuyer Report can reassure buyers that there are no significant problems with the construction or materials. Even if you have no specific concerns about a property, it is still important to have it surveyed professionally. Many structural issues are not immediately apparent and it often takes specialist analysis to identify a defect, determine the cause and make accurate recommendations about how to repair it.

Can I use the survey to lower the asking price of a property?

A survey can tell you about urgent remedial work that needs doing, as well as how much it is likely to cost. Many buyers use this information to negotiate the same amount of money off the asking price for the property, although others prefer that the seller gets the work done as part of their sale agreement.

What survey do I need for a listed building?

The most appropriate survey for a listed building or a period home located in a Conservation Area is the RICS Building Survey. As a comprehensive Level 3 investigation, the survey will go into the depth necessary to cover the unique features and requirements of a historic character home.

What is the difference between a Building Survey and a HomeBuyer Survey?

The main difference between a Building Survey and a HomeBuyer Survey is the depth of investigation. A HomeBuyer survey is non-invasive, meaning that only the visible and easily-accessible parts of a building are inspected. On the other hand, a Building Survey will take every reasonable measure to check the condition of ‘hidden’ areas, such as under floorboards and inside attics, and will also made informed speculations about the state of any completely inaccessible areas of the property.

How can I make sure I choose the right survey?

There are many kinds of report available, and different surveying companies may not follow the same industry body guidelines. At Cosey Homes, our work is approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Contact our team to talk through all your options including the pros and cons of different types of survey, so that you can make a confident decision about which survey is right for your property.