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Building surveys


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Marshalls offer two types of residential building survey:

The Marshalls Building Survey Report.

The Marshalls Building Survey Report is the most detailed survey that we undertake and is suitable for all ages and types of property. The property will be subject to a thorough and detailed survey of all areas undertaken without causing damage and respecting the privacy of the occupiers. The service installations are visually inspected, but testing is not undertaken.

The Marshalls Building Survey Report is a RICS level three survey, as described in the RICS guidance note: Surveys of Residential Property 3rd Edition.

The written report is illustrated with numerous photographs and will cover all aspects of the construction and condition of the property. The survey will contain clear recommendations on repairs and any further actions required for each element of the property. Areas of concern, particularly with respect to future repairs and maintenance, will be clearly highlighted. This type of survey does not include a Market Valuation or an insurance reinstatement cost assessment.

PDF The Marshalls Building Survey Report terms of engagement.

PDF Sample of The Marshalls Building Survey Report.



The RICS Building Survey Report.

The RICS Building Survey Report is a detailed survey and is suitable for most types of property, generally from the Victorian period to the present day. Complicated, larger or period properties are not suitable, but this type of survey is ideal for flats and maisonettes where maintenance responsibility is shared and many areas of the building will be inaccessible.

The property will be subject to a thorough and detailed survey of all areas undertaken without causing damage and respecting the privacy of the occupiers. The service installations are visually inspected, but testing is not undertaken.

The RICS Building Survey Report is a RICS level three survey, as described in the RICS guidance note: Surveys of Residential Property 3rd Edition.

The written report follows the RICS 'traffic light' system of condition rating, which clearly highlights areas of concern. This type of survey does not include photographs, a Market Valuation or an insurance reinstatement cost assessment.

PDF The RICS Building Survey Description

PDF Sample RICS Building Survey



Prices

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Building surveys

Marshalls offer two types of residential building survey: The Marshalls Building Survey Report and The RICS Building Survey Report.

These are our most detailed surveys and are suitable for most types and ages of property, particularly older houses.

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RICS home surveys

Marshalls offer the full range of RICS Home Surveys: The RICS Building Survey, The RICS Homebuyer Report and The RICS Condition Report.

These surveys have the popular traffic light condition rating format and are mainly suitable for more modern houses and flats.

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Valuation

Marshalls undertake residential valuation instructions for mortgage lending, Inheritance tax (probate), shared ownership, Housing Association, Charities Act, matrimonial and other purposes. We also undertake expert witness work and can advise on leasehold enfranchisement (lease extension).

All of our Chartered Surveyors are RICS Registered Valuers highly experienced in the local property market.

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Commercial

In addition to residential surveys and valuations, Marshalls offer a full range of commercial services, including commercial surveys, schedules of condition and dilapidations advice on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

Note: we do not undertake commercial valuations.

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Party Wall

Marshalls offer a full range of specialist Party Wall services, working for both building owners and adjoining owners.

If you have received party wall notices from your neighbour or you are planning to carry out works, which may come under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, we can advise you of your options.

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Lease extensions

A lease is a wasting asset and as the remaining term becomes shorter, a residential property may be difficult to sell or mortgage. As a general rule, any lease with less than 70 years remaining can be problematical and you may need to consider a lease extension or possibly a freehold purchase.

Marshalls offer comprehensive Leasehold enfranchisement advice, both for landlords and tenants.

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FAQ’s

Your choice of survey report has never been wider: Marshalls undertake five types of survey on residential properties.

Marshalls were established in 1979 and can offer great local knowledge and experience of all types of building. We might not be the cheapest, but you can be confident that we are the experts in our field.

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Property Advice

A range of pages offering useful advice on various survey, valuation and general property matters.

From asbestos and bats through to toxic mould and woodworm, we hope this general property advice is useful.

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Contact Us

Marshalls have offices in Oxford (01865-863020) and Newbury (01635-529777).

We cover Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and adjoining areas of Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds.

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