Building Surveying

Building Survey (formerly known as a Structural Survey) –

The Building Survey is a Level 3 survey and is therefore a detailed and in-depth inspection and report bespoke to the individual property being surveyed. It is a descriptive survey that will highlight any defects or maintenance issues with the property as well as offering advice.  Building Surveys often save the purchaser money, as the sale price can be re-negotiated if issues are found which were not previously apparent.

Homebuyers Report

The Homebuyer Report is a level 2 survey and is therefore less detailed and comprehensive than a Building Survey and is more suitable for properties of more modern construction and of a smaller size. They are designed to give enough information for a purchaser to make reasoned and informed decision on whether to continue with their purchase.

Specific Defects Report – 

A professional report that describes, diagnoses and offers advice on a specific issue highlighted by the client, such as cracking or damp.

Schedule of Dilapidations – 

Served near to or soon after the end of the lease for the purpose of highlighting breaches of the repairing, decoration, reinstatement of alternations and statutory obligation clauses that need to be resolved by the tenant. This may result in works being undertaken to comply with the lease or agreeing a financial settlement.  An interim schedule can also be served during the term to highlight breaches of the lease at that time.

Schedule of Condition – 

A schedule produced in both text and photographs to record the condition of a property before the commencement of a new commercial lease to help limit the tenant’s repairing liability to items that occur during the lease term. Many tenant’s still sign leases without agreeing a schedule of condition with the landlord and incur significant financial expenditure at a later date which could have been avoided.

Party Wall – 

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 covers works involving alterations to party structures, building of walls at the boundary line and excavations at or close to the boundary.  In these instances, the ‘Building Owner’ who is carrying out the works needs consent from the ‘Adjoining Owner’ under the Act, which requires the service of a Notice.  If this consent is not granted, this is called being ‘in dispute’, which will mean that a Party Wall Award should be produced.  Whether you are the Building Owner or the Adjoining Owner, Hindwoods can help you through this process from start to finish.

Contract Administration – 

If you have building, refurbishment or re-decoration work you would like to be professionally overseen, Hindwoods can look after the project from start to finish, including preparation of a Specification of Works, dealing with the tendering process, handling Building Regulations and Planning requirements, overseeing the works (including regular site visits), certification and issuing interim and final payments.

Fire Insurance Reinstatement Cost Assessment – 

Reinstatement Cost Assessments (previously referred to as Fire Insurance Valuations) provide an accurate assessment of the cost of rebuilding a property or group of properties should an unfortunate incident occur and is often requested by an insurance provider.  It could also possibly bring your premium down by offering a more accurate figure for your property than a rough estimate provided by your insurer.

Additional Services

  • Lease Plans
  • Expert Witness
  • Residential Landlord and Tenant
  • Commercial Landlord and Tenant
  • Materials and Workmanship
  • Structural Failure
  • Non Compliance with Building Regulations
  • Non Compliance with Specification
  • Valuation of Works - Quantity Surveying
  • Professional Negligence
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Right of Way Disputes
  • Defects in Passive Fire Protection
  • Personal Injury
  • CDM


Our Chartered Building Surveyors undertake instructions across all Building Surveying disciplines on behalf of private individuals, developers and major financial lending institutions.