Purchasing a property is an exciting and daunting experience. Once you have found the perfect property and had your offer accepted, how can you be sure that what you are buying is a solid investment for your future? You wouldn’t spend thousands of pounds on a car without knowing the service history, so why spend hundreds of thousands of pounds without getting a property health check?

A fully qualified RICS Chartered Building Surveyor can provide you with the peace of mind that the decision you have made is the right decision. Our professional team of Chartered Surveyors offer a bespoke service for all our clients. We will tailor our service to meet any specific queries and concerns that you may have about the property. Some clients also ask us to consider the feasibility of undertaking alterations and renovations to a property during the pre-acquisition stage.

What can I expect from an RICS Building Survey?

  • A report detailing the condition of the structural elements of the property, with commentary on previous repairs and the ‘life expectancy’ of components such as the roof, walls and floors.
  • Identification of any structural issues with the property. Where identified, we will advise on the next steps for dealing with any issues, in conjunction with our consultant structural engineers.
  • An assessment of the properties service installations, such as boilers, heating systems, electrics, gas installations etc. As an additional service, we can arrange for the services in the property to be tested by appropriately qualified engineers.
  • Where repair works have been identified, we can provide recommendations for appropriate contractors and provide budget costs where required.
  • An inspection of the grounds of the property, with commentary on the drainage installations, boundary considerations and invasive plan species.
  • A reinstatement valuation of the property required for insurance purposes.

Property Refurbishment

Following your purchase, you may then intend to undertake repairs, renovations and alterations to your new home. Compass can offer you a dedicated project team to guide you through the process.

What can I expect from the Project Management Team?

Initially, we develop a 'Scope of Works' through consultation with you. This document will include your specific design concepts and ideas which we then shape into a workable programme.

From planners and engineers to architects and interior designers, we can provide a full complement of services, all of which will be overseen and driven forward by a Chartered Surveyor.

Why Compass?

We understand property and pride ourselves on building close working relationships with our clients. Our project team are highly skilled, dedicated and focused on delivering your project in a timely manner, within budget.

Compass would welcome the opportunity to talk through your ideas and discuss how we could help you fulfil your property ambitions.

Compass Building Consultancy were engaged by us to help us refurbish our Edwardian terraced house in York. Having previously renovated a Victorian house without a project manager, we were well aware of the hassle of finding appropriate contractors and making sure works were completed on time.

Compass made the process stress-free. After an initial consultation, we proceeded with a project costing and overview of the services they could provide. It was obvious at the start that they were well placed to provide skilled tradespeople in a timely manner. After working up a full brief including a detailed cost schedule and a schedule of works, we engaged them to manage our full refurbishment.

The quality of the tradespeople employed was first rate. The supervision provided was excellent. Where we engaged our own contractors, Compass liaised with them to ensure they worked together with the other trades, ensuring no delays in the schedule.

Whenever there were unexpected problems, not uncommon with a renovation of an old problem, Compass were quick to provide practical solutions.

In conclusion, we would not hesitate to recommend the services of Compass. We have ended up with a beautiful Edwardian house completely renovated from top to bottom. The quality of the workmanship has been excellent, with superb communication and probably as stress free a building project as is possible.

David Shannon – Private Client