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Surveys


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Marshall's offer a full range of surveys suitable for a wide variety of property types in Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and adjoining areas of Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds.

Our two most popular reports are: The RICS Building Survey Report and The RICS HomeBuyer Report. These are the best options for the vast majority of properties.

For newly built properties, there is The Snagging Report and for unusually large, very old or complicated properties, The Marshalls Building Survey may be best.



The RICS Building Survey Report.

The RICS Building Survey Report is a detailed survey level three survey, as described in the RICS guidance note: Surveys of Residential Property 3rd Edition. It is our most popular building survey and is suitable for most types of property, unless very large or complex.

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 written report follows the RICS 'traffic light' system of condition rating, which clients find very helpful in reducing unnecessary detail, quickly and clearly highlighting areas of concern.


PDF The RICS Building Survey Description

PDF Sample RICS Building Survey



The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey).

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is a level two survey, as described in the RICS guidance note: Surveys of Residential Property 3rd Edition. It is suitable for most types of property, usually from the 1920's to the present day (brand new properties are best reported with a Snagging Report).

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 more limited inspection undertaken without causing damage and respecting the privacy of the occupiers. The service installations are visually inspected, but testing is not undertaken.

The written report is generalised and follow the RICS 'traffic light' system of condition rating, which clearly highlights areas of concern. Minor defects are not usually reported.

There is also a variant of the report containing a Market Valuation.


PDF The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) Description

PDF Sample RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey)

PDF The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation) Description

PDF Sample RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation)



New Property

If you are purchasing a new property, it is usually preferable to have a Snagging Report undertaken. This type of Building Survey is set out in a tabular format, and focuses only on the condition of the individual elements of the property.

This type of survey report enables the client to present a comprehensive list of repairs to the builders for action.


PDF Snagging report terms of engagement.

PDF Sample Snagging Report



The Marshalls Building Survey Report.

The Marshalls Building Survey Report is also a detailed level three survey, generally reserved for larger and more complicated properties. 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.

This type of survey report is written in the traditional style and 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.


PDF The Marshalls Building Survey Report terms of engagement.

PDF Sample of The Marshalls Building Survey Report.



Surveys

Marshall's undertake a full range of residential property surveys.

We cover Oxfordshire and West Berkshire, along with adjoining areas of Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds.

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Valuation

Marshalls Chartered Surveyors are RICS Registered Valuers highly experienced in the local property market.

We undertake residential valuation instructions for all purposes, including shared ownership and Help to Buy.

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FAQ’s

Marshalls were established in 1979 and have in depth 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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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, 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.

You may need to consider a lease extension or possibly a freehold purchase.

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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 and West Berkshire, along with adjoining areas of Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds.

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