Building Surveys

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As RICS states “A home is the most expensive purchase most people ever make. As an owner you will benefit from expert advice on the condition of your property – whether you plan to live in it, rent it out or sell it”

There are different types of report according to the RICS guidelines. A RICS Condition Report, a RICS HomeBuyer report and a RICS Building Survey. These reports have a slightly different focus and concentrate on different aspects of the property.   To ensure client clarity and to aid ease of decision making we provide concise and clear tailored reports focusing on the property in question. We will carry out meticulous checks as required and liaise with all professional services such as, the client’s lawyers, to ensure that all information / reports are aligned to the client’s requirements.

 

It is our duty to conduct a very comprehensive Building Survey to highlight the defects, pathologies or statutory matters encountered and to identify the risks for our client. Below are some examples of findings and how they are reported.

We act independently and our findings are confidential to the client. Our Building Survey report will help your legal advisor to insert or amend appropriate clauses on the pre-sale agreement (Contrato de Arras) to protect your interests and to have a basis for negotiation if some of the critical elements listed in the report were not taken into account on the asking price.

  • Building Survey for an apartment <100m2:            € 750 + 21%IVA
  • Building Survey for an apartment >100m2:            € 850 + 21%IVA
  • Building Survey for a villa <300m2:                           € 950 + 21%IVA
  • Building Survey for a villa >300m2:                           € 1050 + 21%IVA
  • Building Survey for a Catalan Masia:                        €1500 + 21%IVA

 

Notes:

  • Properties outside Barcelona and Girona province may have additional travel costs. Please enquire to confirm.
  • Payment 50% prior to the inspection and 50% at report submission

1.0       INTRODUCTION

1.1. Instruction

1.2. Property description

1.3. Statutory maters and Documents

2.0       INSPECTION

 2.1. Infrastructure Services

2.2. Structure

2.3. Internal Installations

2.4. Dampness

2.5. Finishes and Fittings

2.6. Element Checklist

3.0       CONCLUSIONS

ANNEX DOCUMENTS

  1. Pictures
  2. Cadastral data
  3. Cedula Habitabilitat
  4. Nota Simple – Registry
  5. Other relevant

Sample of a report can be provided upon request. Contact eloi@hfpmanagement.com

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

This can be added to the Building Survey for an additional €350+ 21% IVA.

It will take into account the critical issues listed in the report which have a negative impact on the value of the property that are not always considered in the asking price.

The Building Survey is complemented by additional investigation work. This service is recommended for first line properties that may be affected by coastal laws or properties on rural land or listed buildings to check all existing planning parameters and regulations. Also for clients that intend to undertake considerable amount of renovation or extension work if the property is bought. Let us know what renovation or extension work you have in mind and we will check whether technically, structurally and legally it can be done. We also provide an order of cost estimate for the intended renovations works so you have a sound investment figure. This involves meetings with authorities, analysis of planning regulations of the municipality or competent authority and liaising with the client’s legal advisor. This service would be an additional € 600+ 21% IVA.

If we see any indication after our first inspection that there may be problems with the drains of the property or if the property discharges to a septic tank we recommend to undertake a TV survey which we witness and report back on findings advising on remedial actions if necessary.

This service, if agreed, would be an additional € 400+ 21% IVA.

CHEMICAL TESTING TO CONCRETE FOR HIGH ALUMINIUM CONTENT OR OTHER ELEMENTS. If we see any indication of the possibility for the existence of such pathologies in the concrete beams we will recommend to take samples by an specialist laboratory and analyse them.

The coordination and reporting back for each test would be an additional € 300+ 21% IVA.

The additional fee will be subject to plot size.

Subject to plot access and number of points, but as a guidance, this would be in the order of € 1900+ 21% IVA.

Other specialist testing subject to findings and to be advised and agreed.

This consists in checking the technical and planning parameters for a specific plot of land. Not always all information is provided by the sellers with regards of current planning regulations. We provide and independent report listing all planning matters, infrastructure services and condition, future plans for developments or nearby given licenses so the plot can be bought with an informed condition and knowing potential risks if any.

This is likely to involve a meeting with the Town Hall. The Fee for the Plot Survey and written report is €750 + IVA.

You can book for Eloi to accompany you to visit the property or properties you have selected. You will be able to ask all technical questions and answers will be given on the spot. By this, you will have an instant independent expert opinion about the quality of the property, critical matters, risks if any, and the way forward if decided to go ahead.

The Fee is 50% of the full service as a written report will not be provided and payable at the end of the visit.

This service suits clients that have bought a property from a developer based on drawings and specifications. 

We act on your behalf to protect your interests ensuring there are no short cuts taken by the developer / contractor as the design team is on their side.

We will flag out any inconsistency with what is being done on site and what is actually contracted.

If you find us early enough we can help you also from the start on the contractual aspects from the technical perspective to avoid too many loose ends as it happens. 

We will check quality on site and report to you confirming payments can be made. 

We also help you to negotiate or to ensure a fair price is given for client changes. 

Our FEE for this service will be monthly based and according to scope and client needs. 

GENERAL NOTES

The inspection comprises as much of the internal and external surface area of the building as it is practicable.

Covered and unexposed building elements are not inspected other than their visual appearance, to avoid damage to the property. Whilst this report will highlight all the evidences of decay and defects that are visible and use the best endeavour to foresee potential risks, it is impossible to identify hidden latent defects.

Specialist testing to the structure (chemical analysis of concrete elements) or to the services installations (i.e. drains TV survey) will not be carried out unless previously agreed. This report will advise if after the inspection this would be recommended.

It is understood that the Client will take legal advice if decided to go ahead with the buying, to check registered ownership, plot boundaries, existing charges and other legal and statutory matters.

The plot area is not measured. This could be done by means of a topographical survey as long as each corner of the plot is a fixed point on site. Legal advice should be sought prior to carry out this exercise as it may have implications and disputes with adjacent properties.

A Valuation based on comparative properties of similar nature and location, and taking into account the technical and statutory findings that may have a negative impact on the value of the property is out of the scope of this report unless previously agreed.   

The report is for the private and confidential use of the Client for whom the report is undertaken and should not be reproduced in whole or part or relied upon by third parties for any use without the express written authority of its author