Building Survey Terms and Conditions


General Terms and Conditions

1.  Introduction.

  • This document sets out the contractual terms upon which the Surveyor will advise the Client by means of a written report as to his or her opinion of the visible condition and state of repair of the Property.
  • The individual carrying out the inspection and providing advice will be a Chartered Surveyor.
  • The Surveyor will use all of the care and skill to be reasonably expected of an appropriately experienced chartered surveyor.

2.  Content of the Report.

        In accordance with these terms the Surveyor will report upon:

  • The main aspects of the Property including assessing the site/location, the design, structural framework, fabric and services.
  • The grounds, boundaries and environmental aspects considered to affect the Property.
  • Any further investigations arising from the inspection.

3.  Assumptions.

  • The property (if for sale) is offered with vacant possession.
  • Access to the property is as of right.

4.  Scope of the Inspection.

a) Generally.

  • The Surveyor will consider carefully but is not required to advise on any matters the significance of which in relationship to the Property is not apparent at the time of the inspection.
  • The Surveyor will inspect diligently but is not required to undertake any action which would risk damage to the Property or injury to himself.
  • The Surveyor will not undertake any structural or other calculations.

b) Accessibility.

  • The Surveyor will inspect as much of the internal and external surface areas of the building as is practicable but will not inspect those areas which are covered, unexposed or not reasonably accessible from within the site or adjacent public areas.
  • The Surveyor is not required to move any obstruction to the inspection including, but not limited to, furniture and floor coverings.

c) Floors.

  • The Surveyor will lift accessible sample loose floorboards and trap doors, if any, which are not covered by heavy furniture, ply or hardboard, fitted carpet or other fixed floor coverings.  The Surveyor will not attempt to cut or lift fixed floorboards without the consent of the owner.

d) Fixed covers or housing.

  • The Surveyor will not attempt to remove securely fixed covers or housings without the permission of the owner.

e) Roofs.

  • The Surveyor will inspect the roof spaces if there are available hatches.  Outer surfaces of the roof or adjacent areas will be inspected using binoculars.

f) Boundaries, grounds and outbuildings.

  • The inspection will include boundaries, grounds and permanent outbuildings but will not include constructions or equipment with specific leisure purposes including, without limit, swimming pools or tennis courts.
  • The inspection of outbuildings is restricted to overall comments unless otherwise instructed.

g) Services.

  • The Surveyor will carry out a visual inspection of the service installations where accessible.  Drainage inspection covers will be lifted where practical to do so.  No tests of the services will be carried out although overall comments will be made and the Surveyor will report if he considers tests are advisable.

h) Areas not inspected.

  • The Surveyor will identify any areas which would normally be inspected but which he was unable to inspect.

 i) Flats or maisonettes.

  • The Surveyor will inspect only the subject flat and garage, (if any) the related internal and external common parts and the structure of the building or particular block in which the subject flat is situated.  The Surveyor will state in the report the limits of access in relationship to common parts and structure.  The Surveyor will state if he has seen a copy of the lease and, if not, the assumptions he has made as to repairing obligations.

j) Environmental and other issues.

  • Particular noise and disturbance affecting the Property will only be noted if it is significant at the time of the inspection.
  • The Surveyor will report on any obvious health and safety hazards apparent.

5.  Hazardous materials.

  • The surveyor will assume that no deleterious or hazardous materials or techniques have been used in the construction of the Property.  However the Surveyor will advise if, in his view, there is likelihood that deleterious material has been used in the construction.
  • The Surveyor will not carry out an asbestos report.
  • The Surveyor will advise if the Property is in an area where there is a risk of Radon.  This advice is based on a brief report from Homecheck.
  • The Surveyor will advise if there are transformer stations or overhead power lines which might give rise to an electro-magnetic field, either over the subject Property or visible immediately adjacent  to the Property.

6.  Ground conditions.

  • The Surveyor will not be required to comment upon the possible existence of noxious substances, landfill or mineral extraction or other forms of contamination.

7.  Consents, approvals and searches.

  • The Surveyor will assume the Property is not subject to any unusual or onerous restrictions, obligations or covenants.
  • The Surveyor will assume that all planning, building regulations and other consents required in relation to the Property have been obtained although the Surveyor will make any comments which he feels are relevant.
  • The Surveyor will assume the Property is unaffected by any matters which would be revealed by a Local Search and replies to the usual enquiries, or by Statutory Notice.

8.  Insurance rebuilding cost assessment.

  • The Surveyor will provide an insurance rebuilding cost assessment which will be calculated using the current edition of the BICS Guide to house Rebuilding Costs.

9.  Miscellaneous.

  • In event of a conflict between these General Terms and the Specific Terms, the Specific Terms prevail.
  • No term in the agreement between Surveyor and the client is enforceable under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by any person other than the Surveyor or the Client.
  • In the event the Client has a complaint regarding the standard of the service received, a formal complaints handling procedure will be followed.  A copy of the Surveyor’s complaints handling procedure is available upon request.  Using the Surveyor’s complaints handling procedure will not affect the Client’s legal rights.
  • The Client may only rely upon the Surveyor’s advice and Report for purposes described in the Particulars or communicated to the Surveyor in writing prior to the agreement of the fee.  If the Client wishes to rely on advice and the Report for any other purpose he or she may only do so with the written consent of the Surveyor.