As Independent Chartered Surveyors we are not linked or owned by an Estate Agent or lender and as a result we work for you with your interests in mind. We are regulated by the RICS with years of training and experience which enables us give expert advice.
New Forest Surveying undertake a number of different types of survey, not just building surveys and homebuyer reports. We pride ourselves on an a high level of service with competitive fee levels. Described below are the various surveys we offer.
RICS Level 3 (Building Survey)
Often referred to as a pre-acquisition or due diligence survey this is a structural survey of the property including, a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws. We will use specialist equipment where appropriate to detect problems beyond the surface.
Where issues are identified we will offer recommendations for remedial works and an estimate of cost or suggest further exploratory works if deemed necessary.
RICS Level 2 (Homebuyer Report)
A client friendly report written in jargon free English and features energy performance ratings and colour-coded condition ratings. The report follows an industry standard format so all key elements of the building fabric are covered and the report provides advice on maintenance of the property, and the steps to be taken before exchange of contracts. Please contact us for a no obligation quotation usually provided the same day.
Listed or Historic Building Survey
Listed and historic traditional buildings require specialist advice. Unfortunately we often identify the use of inappropriate materials, ill-considered or non-certified alterations and a lack of proactive maintenance which is causing deterioration and decay. Damp is the achilles heel of these permeable structures which were designed and built to 'breath'. Many modern building materials are simply incompatible and do more harm than good. It is therefore imperative when purchasing or planning improvements to such a property that professional advice is sought and appropriate techniques and master craftsmen are employed. We can guide you in this process starting with a detailed survey equivalent to an RICS level 3 survey with further opening-up works where required.
Building defects can be worrying and, if left, can become costly to resolve. We can provide a prompt diagnosis of any building defects and provide appropriate recommendations for remedial works and an estimate of likely costs. The photo here shows one of the worst cases of dry rot (Serpula Lacrymans) we have seen which had ravaged a period property.
Thermal Imaging & Non Destructive Investigations
The use of thermal imaging technology provides a non-destructive testing method which has proven invaluable in locating hidden water leaks, assessing the continuity of insulation and 'cold bridging' and areas of unintended air leakage. We also carry specialist equipment for inspecting cavities if a hidden defect is suspected such as failing wall ties or under floor decay for example.
Mechanical & Electrical Services
We find that in a large proportion of the properties we inspect the mechanical and electrical services are antiquated, poorly maintained and often unsafe having not been tested for many years.
New Forest Surveying work closely with RSE Electrical and TDS Plumbing & Heating who we have known for many years to be experienced and diligent NICEIC & GAS SAFE approved contractors.
We therefore recommend their appointment for a thorough intrusive test and inspection of the 'M&E' services when purchasing a property with a full condition report provided prior to exchange of contracts.
Party Wall Advice
The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighboring buildings. Whether you are the building owner proposing to undertake works or the adjoining owner affected by the proposed works, appoint us to protect your interest and agree a suitable Party Wall 'Award' to avoid unnecessary delay or dispute.
A snagging survey in the later stages of a new build development or refurbishment provides a comprehensive list of items of work that, in our professional opinion, are reasonably required of the contractor/developer for practical completion to be awarded. This form of survey often aids developers and purchasers in closing out a project as we act objectively and seek to mediate between the parties where there may be a difference of opinion.
A fully costed report prepared to enable building owners or occupiers to plan and budget for essential maintenance, statutory compliance and capital expenditure works over a set period of time (typically 1-10 years).
Reinstatement Cost Assessment
A reinstatement cost assessment or 'Fire Insurance Valuation' provides a current calculation of the cost of rebuilding a property in the event of destruction. These reports are used to ensure a property is adequately insured. We can annually review these assessments and ensure they are updated to reflect current market rates.
A measured survey and the production of scaled drawings is often required for a land registry compliant lease plan or prior to building works for a planning or building regulations application. We can produce accurate plans, elevations and sectional drawings in AutoCAD form for you at competitive rates.