When is a Survey... Not a survey?

When it is a Mortgage Valuation carried out on behalf of your lender!

Martin Scott, head of Churchill Home Insurance said: "Those relying on a mortgage valuation alone should be wary as this is just a cursory look at a property from a mortgage lender to assess how much it is worth, not a survey looking at the state of the property.

According to recent research by Churchill Home Insurance;

  • 7m UK homeowners have taken a serious financial risk by choosing not to have a survey completed on their current property
  • 3.5m people did not have any type of independent checks completed
  • A staggering 3.6m assumed a mortgage valuation was sufficient
  • 13 million homeowners have needed unexpected building work completed on their property since moving in
  • 56 per cent of those who had major building work said knowing this in advance would have influenced their decision to buy the property
  • Surveyors say the top three problems with properties which can be detected by a building survey are damp, roof issues and subsidence
Is this waiting for you in your next home?

What are the options available?

I would imagine the vast majority of people have heard of the RICS and the products that they offer such as the RICS Building Survey and the Homebuyer Report but did you know that there is an alternative out there?

The Home Condition Survey from SAVA, the Surveyors and Valuers Accreditation scheme

The Home Condition Survey from SAVA is directly comparable to the RICS Homebuyers Report, especially as the format of this is changing to remove the valuation element.

All HCS surveyors hold either the Diploma in Home Inspection, DipHi, or the Diploma in Residential Surveying (and Valuation), DipRSurv, and undergo extensive training before they are allowed to carry out the HCS.

The HCS is written in jargon free English with an easy to understand 1, 2, 3 condition rating as you can see below. Another thing I really like about the HCS is the number of photographs that the report contains as this makes it much easier to understand what issues the surveyor has identified and why.

Download a Sample  Home Condition Survey

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You can read the full Churchill Insurance report here

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