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Surveying Guides

Owain Banfield
Written by Owain Banfield
6th April 2018 (Last updated on Monday 10th September 2018)

When it comes to choosing a property survey, it can seem like a daunting task. Which of the large range of surveying options is best for your new property? And what do you do if you get some bad survey results? As with all things, it's best to be fully informed. That's why Compare My Move have put together a range of surveying guides to keep you in the know every step of the way. So before you use Compare My Move to save time and money on your property survey, read on and get fully informed about all things surveying.

What Is a Property Survey and Why You Should Get One

Getting a property survey may seem like a formality, but here Compare My Move explain how the different survey types are a huge part of the purchasing process.

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What is a Homebuyers Survey?

Compare My Move explain all you need to know about the Homebuyers Survey, including costs, how long it will take, what the report looks like, and how it compares to other survey choices.

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What is a Building or Full Structural Survey?

Although one of the more expensive survey options, the level of detail a Building Survey provides may save you from significant headache in the future: Compare My Move explain all in this guide to the Building Survey.

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What is the Home Report in Scotland

If you sell a house in Scotland you must arrange for a Home Report: in this guide Compare My Move explain the process, and highlight the extra survey options you have.

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What is a Valuation Survey?

The most basic survey, and generally the cheapest. Find out why this is a favourite among homebuyers and mortgage lenders alike, as we go through the costs, the timings, and the report for a Valuation Survey.

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What is a Listed Building Survey?

This guide explores all you need to know about the Listed Building Survey, for those purchasing a property of historical or architectural importance.

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What is a Snagging List?

A 'Snagging List' is a basic survey of new build homes, highlighting outstanding issues or damage form the development process. In this guide Compare My Move explain all, including costs and the Snagging List process.

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What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has been a key part of all house transactions since 2008. Here Compare My Move explain the EPC, including how the rating works, how much it costs, and whose responsibility it is.

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What is RICS?

Compare My Move only work with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited Surveyors, for your peace of mind. In this guide, we explain why RICS matters to you.

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What is a Damp Survey?

In this guide we explore all you need to know about Damp Surveys, a specialist property survey which unearths the causes and costs of damp and mould in properties. 

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Common Issues Found by a Property Survey

From Japanese Knotweed to Asbestos and flat roofs, in this guide we explore common issues highlighted by property surveys, and explain the costs involved in fixing them.

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What to do With Bad Survey Results

This guide explores your options if you've received bad survey results, including your next steps and who to talk to.

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Plants That Can Damage Your Property

Here's a run down of plants that can cause harm to your property as well as a few hints and tips on how to deal with the issues.

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The Ultimate House Viewing Checklist

This guide explores exactly what to look for when attending a house viewing, including issues to avoid and questions to ask an estate agent.

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New Build Vs Old Build

In this guide, we'll list the pros and cons of both old and new build houses to help you make your decision easier. 

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How to Increase the Value of Your Home

This guide will help you to increase the value of your house by up to 20%. We list the more obvious ways as well as easy and cheap ideas that add value to your house. 

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Buying a Listed Building

If you're considering buying a listed property, it's worth being fully prepared. This guide from Compare My Move explores the pros and cons of buying a listed building, and explains factors such as listed building consent and specialist surveys. 

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