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    About

    Hello, I’m Ian Summerfield, the founder and principal surveyor of Summerfield and Co, a residential property surveying company that inspects and reports on the condition of a property, and highlights any faults.

    Before qualifying as a surveyor, I have worked around the world as a civil engineer. My time in New Zealand after the 2012 earthquakes started my interest in houses. On returning to England, I founded The Party Wall Office, specialising in party wall matters, and at the same I studied for my second degree in Residential Surveying with SAVA and was elected an associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and a member of the Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA). I am also self-building a new build house for a family member and enjoying using my technical skills to build the house of the future, minus any Jetson style robots!

    I also love to learn and regularly attend webinars and I am a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). I am also a Governor at my local primary school.

    When there isn’t a pandemic, I normally enjoy the outdoors lifestyle, spending time out with family and friends, in the New Forest and at the beach

    SURVEY TYPES

    Home Buyer Survey

    (RICS Level 2)
    - Suitable for property types in an average condition
    - Full and thorough inspection
    - Equivalent to a RICS Level two survey
    - Includes advice on maintenance
    - Minimum 20 photos
    - Typically 3 to 4 hour inspection duration
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    Building Survey

    (RICS Level 3)
    - More applicable to older properties with defects
    - Often referred to as a full or structural survey
    - Equivalent to a RICS Level three survey
    - Full and thorough inspection
    - Includes advice on maintenance, repairs and lifespan of building elements
    - Minimum 40 photos
    - Minimum 5 hour inspection
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    Buy to Let Survey

    NEW survey for landlords, coming soon...
    - Landlord focused report
    - Considers the longer-term implications of any repairs
    - Looks at 29 relevant health and safety items

    Why Choose Summerfield & Co

    Ian is a member of the Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA), the leading industry specialist in reporting on the condition of residential properties on behalf of home buyers. He uses the reporting software developed by the Assocation (designed by Surveyors for Surveyors), that provides a jargon-free report, with multiple photographs and diagrams to help you understand your home. A full debrief is provided on the day of the survey and a report provided within 5 days.

    Home Buyer Survey

    (RICS Level 2)

    RPSA members should carry out as full and thorough a non-invasive inspection as is reasonably possible to do, noting any limitations. (RPSA Inspection Standard – November 2020).

    Every survey inspection is full and thorough, and by this we mean that regardless of whether it is a Home Buyer Survey or a Building Survey, we operate all the windows and doors, bathroom and kitchen fittings and the central heating. Essentially, normal everyday operation.

    The inspection is non-invasive, and by this we mean we will inspect areas normally opened or used by occupants. We are not electrical or gas qualified technicians and so we cannot test the services, but we can operate them.

    The table below is a copy of the RPSA Survey Reporting Standard Guidance and illustrates the key differences between the survey report types.

    Building Survey

    (RICS Level 3)

    RPSA members should carry out as full and thorough a non-invasive inspection as is reasonably possible to do, noting any limitations. (RPSA Inspection Standard – November 2020).

    Every survey inspection is full and thorough, and by this we mean that regardless of whether it is a Home Buyer Survey or a Building Survey, we operate all the windows and doors, bathroom and kitchen fittings and the central heating. Essentially, normal everyday operation.

    The inspection is non-invasive, and by this we mean we will inspect areas normally opened or used by occupants. We are not electrical or gas qualified technicians and so we cannot test the services, but we can operate them.

    The table below is a copy of the RPSA Survey Reporting Standard Guidance and illustrates the key differences between the survey report types.

    Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) Survey Reporting Standard
    (Edition 1v5.2 – November 2020)

    Home Buyer Survey Building Survey
    Images (minimum)
    20
    40
    Condition Ratings
    Summary of main issues
    Environmental information
    Conveyancer information
    Health & safety matters
    Potential or hidden defects
    Advice on repairs
    Maintenance repairs
    Long term repairs
    Estimated anticipated lifespan of key elements

    FAQs

    Do I need a house survey?

    Yes, says Which? & Barclays Bank

    76% of homeowners got a survey before buying their current home

    (Which? January 2019)

    It’s a good idea to hire a surveyor to check the property for damage and issues that could cost you money in the future. It’s not a legal requirement, but it’ll help you avoid problems further down the line. Issues found in surveys can also help you renegotiate the price with the seller. The Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; can help you find a qualified surveyor to give you a quote. (Barclays Bank website, March 2021).

    Which survey do I need?

    The property chooses the survey, not the surveyor!

    Simple Property Complicated property
    =
    =
    Simple report
    Complicated report

    The quick and short answer to this question, is the survey that is relevant to your property.

    A property that is simple, modern and of traditional construction, say a 1930s semi-detached house, in an average condition, that has easily resolved defects, would suit a Home Buyer Report.

    Whereas, an older and extended property, say a Victorian terraced house, is more likely to have hidden defects and potential issues that need repairing in the future. This type of property would suit a Building Survey Report.

    The only way to know which survey you need, is to discuss your property with a surveyor.

    How much does a survey cost?

    Typically, for a Homebuyer Report the costs on average start at £400 and up to £750 and depend on the property. And I can reassure you that we will not be the cheapest!

    Report level Property price
    Up to £300,000
    £300,000 to £500,000
    £500,000 to £750,000
    £750,000 to £1.2m
    Home Buyer Survey
    From £400
    From £600
    From £750
    From £850
    Building Survey
    From £950
    From £1,000
    From £1,250
    From £1,500
    VAT is not charged as we currently work below the VAT threshold.

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