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Choosing the right survey for your property in Cornwall

By PoundandCo  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

  • A partly completed building project recently surveyed by Pound and Co in Truro.

  • An older style cottage on which we conducted a building survey

  • A modern house where we undertook a Homebuyers survey report.

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Pound & Co Chartered Surveyors based in Falmouth specialise in building surveys, throughout Cornwall which are bespoke,

individual reports produced on a property, following a comprehensive

survey. These are ideal for older properties and ones which have been altered over time. The aim of this service is

to give you a detailed assessment of the condition and construction of the

property, highlight problems and areas of repair and maintenance and indication

of timescale in which these need to be undertaken to safeguard your investment.


These surveys are particularly useful for larger properties, dilapidated

properties, if the property has been significantly altered or if you are

planning a major conversion or renovation.  Building surveys are tailored to meet the clients needs.  The report includes detailed technical

information on materials and construction aswell as details on the defect



It is important that caveat emptor (buyer beware) that you, as purchaser,

are aware and go into your purchase with 'your eyes wide open'.  Often the report allows for

re-negotiation of the purchase price, once the cost of defects identified have

been costed and analysed, making any building survey a worthy investment. 


The alternative to the full building survey is the homebuyer's report,

undertaken by Pound & Co. This is a comprehensive survey of the property

but is written in a standard format and is provided with a valuation. It

differs in two main ways from the building survey:



It is

designed for traditional type and construction, post war, in reasonable




identifies what the surveyor considers to be the most important issues.


It also

includes the surveyor's opinion as to market value and reinstatement cost

(which you will need for insurance purposes). 


It focuses on matters that, in the surveyor's opinion, may affect the

value of the property if they are not dealt with.  It is a more economical survey but it is not suitable for

all properties as detailed above.

Pound and Co are RICS members (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors)


If you would like to discuss a survey on your property anywhere in Cornwall then please do not hesitate

to contact us on 01326 378585, or visit our website  www.poundandco.com    


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