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Surveyors Plymouth

Cosey Homes are a long-established team of Chartered Surveyors and structural engineers operating in Plymouth, Devon and across the South West. We provide a broad range of specialist property and consultancy services, having served thousands of happy clients over the last 10+ years.

If you are looking for expert impartial advice, first-class reporting and excellent customer service, contact the team at Cosey Homes to find out more about our portfolio of services, discuss your particular surveying needs or arrange for an independent property survey.

We are proud to be accredited by UK industry-leading organisations including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Chartered Surveyors Plymouth

Are you looking to buy a home in or around Plymouth on the Devon/Cornwall border? Do you need a flat or a house? Would you prefer a new build or an older property? Are you prepared to take on a fixer-upper or would you like to be able to move straight in? Sound professional advice from an independent surveyor can make all the difference in making the right decision.

Whether your property search is focused on Peverell, Lipson, Millbay or Stoke Village, or you’re looking towards Plympton, Plymstock or Modbury, or Saltash on the other side of the Tamar Bridge, we have a huge amount of local housing market expertise to put at your disposal.

At Cosey Homes, our professional survey reports are detailed, well-formatted and easy to understand, and packed with valuable guidance to empower you in your purchasing decision. What’s more, we have no commercial ties to estate agents or mortgage companies, which enables us to be entirely impartial in our advice and tailor our services to your needs alone.

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Which survey should I get for a Victorian property?

At Cosey Homes, we would always recommend an in-depth Building Survey (Level 3) for properties that are older than 70 years. This includes Victorian and Edwardian homes, properties situated in a Conservation Area as well as listed buildings. A Level 3 survey offers sufficient scope to cover the unique features, qualities and requirements of a historic character home.

What’s the difference between a Building Survey (Level 3) and a Homebuyer Survey (Level 2)?

A HomeBuyer Report (Level 2) is a mid-range investigation designed to give an overview of the building’s condition and highlight any urgent areas of concern. A Building Survey (Level 3) is a more detailed analysis that covers all major defects. This is the best choice for older or larger buildings, ‘fixer upper’ projects and non-standard properties.

Can I get a discount on the price if the survey results are ‘bad’?

If the survey findings flag up unexpected problems or urgent remedial works, you are well within your rights to renegotiate the sale price. Many buyers ask for a discount to cover the cost of unexpected repairs (or obtain assurances from the seller that he will fix the problem before contracts are exchanged). Of course, there is no guarantee that the seller will accept a lower offer but there’s certainly no harm in trying.

What is ‘gazumping’ and is it legal?

According to English property law, a transaction only becomes legally valid once contracts have been exchanged. Gazumping is a perfectly legal (though frowned upon) practice whereby the seller accepts a higher offer before exchange, effectively pushing you out of the transaction.

Which property survey should I choose?

With so many different property surveys on the market, it can be hard to know which is the right one to choose. At Cosey Homes, we recognise that you need professional guidance and advice to talk through all available options including the pros and cons of each survey type. Why not get in touch today for a friendly chat with our expert team?

How do I get my survey findings?

We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and will work as swiftly as we can to deliver your report. As a general rule, you can expect to receive it by email as a PDF document within 5 working days after the site visit. If you require an additional hard copy, this can be arranged for an extra fee.