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Cosey Homes are a professional practice of structural engineers and Chartered Surveyors in Nottingham and across the Midlands. Our expert team has worked with thousands of satisfied property clients, delivering high-level advice, impartial guidance and excellent customer service. With over 10 years of industry experience and a team of highly motivated building professionals at our disposal, we are accredited by leading professional bodies including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

We have a wealth of local property knowledge as well as the technical expertise to conduct residential property valuations, RICS HomeBuyer Survey (Level 2) and full RICS Building Survey (Level 3). Whether you are considering the purchase of a small city apartment or a large country house, a modern property or a period building, Cosey Homes can provide you with an in-depth understanding of the condition of the building you are about to invest in, empowering you to make the best decision.

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Which survey should I choose?

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What can we help with?

Do I need a building survey (Level 3)?

A survey can help you determine whether the property is as good as it looks or whether there are defects and repairs needed before you can move in. Survey results often save buyers thousands of pounds in remedial work later downs the line. Even if nothing untoward is found, it is good to have the peace of mind of knowing that all is well.

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

Even new-build homes may not be in perfect condition, and we recommend a RICS Condition Report (Level 1) or HomeBuyer Survey (Level 2) to ensure that there are no significant problems with the construction or materials used in the build. Many structural problems may not be apparent to the layman, which is why an independent professional survey is always the best course of action.

Can I use the survey to lower the asking price?

A survey can tell you about urgent remedial work that needs doing, as well as how much this is likely to cost. Many buyers use this information to negotiate some money off the agreed sale price, or you could ask the seller to carry out the repairs before you exchange contracts.

What survey do I need for a listed building?

We recommend that the most appropriate property survey for a listed building is the RICS Building Survey (Level 3). This Level 3 investigation will provide sufficient depth and detail to cover the unique features and requirements of a historic character home, along with professional advice on how to maintain it.

What is the difference between a Building Survey (Level 3) and a HomeBuyer Survey (Level 2)?

The main difference between these two types of survey is the depth of investigation. A HomeBuyer Survey (Level 2) is non-invasive, meaning only visible and accessible parts of a building are inspected. A Building Survey (Level 3) will take reasonable measures to check the condition of ‘hidden’ areas such as under floorboards and inside attics.

When will I receive the survey report?

At Cosey Homes, we pride ourselves on delivering the best possible customer service, and we will work as swiftly as possible to deliver your report. As a general rule, you should be receiving your report by email within 5 working days after the survey visit. Hardcopies in the post may take an extra day or so.