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What is a mortgage survey?

Most providers will require that you undertake a mortgage survey before lending is approved. The sole aim of this survey is to satisfy the lender that the property you are purchasing has enough value to cover the amount they are lending you.

The surveyor will briefly inspect the property (usually lasting less than 20 minutes). They then collate their findings with information about local, comparable properties. Sometimes a reinstatement value is also calculated which can later be used as part of your building insurance.

Whose benefit is the valuation for?

A mortgage valuation survey is for the benefit of the mortgage lender. In some cases the home buyer may not even receive a copy of the report. It is to help the mortgage provider make an informed decision before agreeing to lend funds. The report is concise and will only highlight major, obvious defects, which could have a significant effect on the property value.

How can I make a more informed decision?

Before buying a property, we highly recommend that you commission an independent RICS building survey. According to RICS (Royal Institute Of  Chartered Surveyors), only 20% of home buyers undertake some form of independent survey before purchasing. This is despite a home purchase being probably the largest investment many people will make in their lifetime.

Quite a shocking statistic on its own.  But when you consider that most people spend just a few hours or even minutes looking around a potential new home before making an offer, the importance of seeking professional advice on the property’s condition is even more critical. Make sure you safeguard yourself from any nasty and potentially expensive shocks once you move in.

If a prospective buyer is only interested in determining a property value, then we advise getting an RICS Valuation Report. This will give a more substantiated market value than a mortgage survey. There are three levels of home survey which will report on a property’s condition. These are:

  • Level 1 RICS Condition Report.
  • Level 2 RICS HomeBuyer Report.
  • Level 3 RICS Building Survey. 

The latter Level 3 report is the most detailed and the only survey we at Chawton Hill carry out. This provides you with a full report, and if you would like it, a walk-round with the surveyor at the end of their visit. 

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