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Getting a survey done for your project is an important step early on, but it's not your first step. Check out 4 things to do before getting a building survey.

Are you in need of a building survey?

Depending on what your project is, the answer may be yes. 

A building survey is a wide range inspection of the entirety of a property, more specific and in depth compared to other types of surveys. Each condition of the house gets detailed, with suggestions to improve major problems.

It is crucial to keep your home or property in good shape if you planning on selling it for a reasonable price because this survey makes all the difference. 

To help you get ready for a survey, use our guide below to the 4 things you should beforehand. 

1. Tidy Up Your Space

The first thing you should do before a home survey is to tidy up your house and property. 

Pack away your belongings, so the surveyor can thoroughly assess the area. It will also help you, as they'll be less likely to disrupt your possessions if everything is neatly stored away. 

You should also move furniture away from walls and remove anything from the walls or windowsills to further clean out the space for inspection. 

2. Fix Any Indoor Defects

Before a survey, you want to make sure you check inside your property for any problems that you need to fix before the surveyor arrives. 

Specific problems to check for include:

  • Cracks in the walls and ceilings
  • Signs of dampness in the walls
  • Holes in woodwork
  • Signs of dry rot
  • Cracks in the loft
  • Poor water pressure
  • Springy floors

Checking for all of these can make the rest of the surveying process go much smoother for you. 

3. Check Outside the Property 

However, the same also applies to the outside of your property as well. Fixing any problems out there will also help you out in the long run.

Things you should check for include the:

  • Brickwork
  • Roof
  • Chimney
  • Cover-ups
  • Condition of timberwork, doors, and windows
  • Boundary walls

Looking for these problems can help with the assessment of your property, to help limit the number of elements that will require further investigation.

4. Other Activities to Secure the Value

If you need a few other activities to make sure your home or property makes a good impression on surveyors, then you should also consider:

Switching to Energy Saving Light Bulbs

You can switch to energy saving light bulbs if you haven't done so already. This will help your energy efficiency rating when it comes to obtaining your EPC.

Get Quotes for the Survey

Another way to secure the value is to get another quote or two for your own survey. This will sort out any potential issues that should be resolved during your project. 

Do You Need a Building Survey?

If you do need a building survey, then contact DesignBlendz.

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With years of experience and creative thinking, our vision continues to fuel us and the industries we impact. With this mindset, we never settle.

Let us help tackle your next complex building problem today. 

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