Building Surveys & Condition Surveys

Buying a house or other property can be a difficult and stressful experience regardless of the size of the building or portfolio, but good advice on the state of repair and construction can help to smooth the process. Chartered Building Surveyors have established an indispensable role in this field of advice with extensive training and experience in identifying construction techniques and judging if and where problems are likely to occur.


Needless to say, this service applies equally to new properties, as well as to existing premises, as they too can suffer from significant defects, lack flexibility in use, or carry a high burden of servicing costs. With advice from wrdunn. the prospective buyer can reach a properly considered decision. wrdunn. offers 2 main types of pre-acquisition surveys; full Building Survey and the Limited Survey;

Building Survey
In a Building Survey (formerly known as a Full Structural Survey) we inspect all visible, exposed and accessible areas of construction to identify defects and shortcomings which could adversely affect the use of the property or give rise to significant expenditure in the future. We also assess the condition and durability of the building fabric in terms of the type and age of the property, and the need for repairs or special maintenance. The survey includes a visual inspection of the electrical, heating and services installations but we do not carry out any testing. The survey includes a brief inspection of any outbuildings and external areas/boundaries etc.






Our surveys do not include freehold market valuations.

Limited Survey
A Limited Survey is based on the same format as a Building Survey but is more restricted in scope, and in some circumstances may be more appropriate. The inspection comprises a detailed analysis of the following elements:

• Chimneys
• Roof coverings
• Roof structure
• External walls
• Internal walls
• Floors
• Ceilings
• Dampness
• Timber Defects

This inspection specifically excludes the following elements (many of which you will be able to make your decision about, or have been recently renewed):

• Rainwater goods
• Decorations, ceramic tiling and finishes generally
• Security and fire precautions
• Internal and external joinery
• Sanitary and kitchen fittings
• Above and below ground drainage
• Outbuildings
• External areas
• Environmental matters