Jonathan Preece
01989 768555

Building surveys

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Buying a house is, for most people, the largest financial commitment they will make, therefore it is common sense to know exactly what you are buying before you enter into a contract.

Discovering you have bought a house with dry rot, woodworm, rodent infestation, settlement or rising damp could prove to be a VERY expensive and stressful mistake. A survey can actually save you money. If there are defects with the property, it could result in the purchase price being re-negotiated to reflect the likely cost of repair.

Which? The Council of Mortgage Lenders and Building Societies Association advise you to get a survey BEFORE you buy, and not just rely on a Valuation. A Valuation is NOT a survey.

What is a Building Survey?

  • A survey describes the construction and condition of the property on the date of the inspection.
  • It aims to identify any problems that need urgent attention or are serious.
  • It also aims to identify things that need to be investigated further to prevent serious damage.
  • Every report includes photographs illustrating any defects or relevant features of the property.
  • Advice for your legal advisers

Our fee for the building survey includes a Valuation and Insurance Valuation.

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Why use Jonathan Preece Surveyors?

We are fully regulated by Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors with the necessary Professional Indemnity Insurance in place for further peace of mind. We have over 25 years' experience of building surveys undertaken in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Monmouthshire.

We are continually recommended to purchasers by Solicitors, Agents and Accountants. The report will be detailed, reader-friendly with defects evidenced by photographs. Clear and professional advice will be provided.

The report will be provided in both a bound report format and by email. If there are any issues you may have relating to the report or valuation, we will be happy to discuss these further.

  • I would strongly advise any perspective home buyer to have a comprehensive building survey and valuation, especially by Jonathan Preece. I found the survey an invaluable resource providing me with in-depth visuals that were clear and objective.
    I presented the survey to my HSBC Manager and he said “this is the best survey I have ever seen in my career”! It gave me peace of mind and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    Theresa Webb
    Guildford, Surrey

  • My Solicitor persuaded me to have a survey – I wasn’t sure I needed one as the property was only 2 years old. Little did I realise that a well-known national firm of builders could get things so wrong! The survey revealed that if the washing machine was on, I couldn’t use the shower because the water pressure was so low – even worse, the loo wouldn’t flush!

  • We wanted a buy a 16th century timber frame black and white house we had fallen in love with. Jonathan’s knowledge of historical buildings was exceptional, and although he found many defects, we were happy to proceed with the purchase knowing what we were letting ourselves in for!
    We would never have known the septic tank was on it’s last legs….

    Mr and Mrs M Pritchard
    Cheltenham, Glos

  • We commissioned a building survey which was undertaken within the timescales and met all our requirements in every respect. We would not hesitate to use the Company’s services again.

    Simon Porter
    Ross on Wye

  • Thank you so much for your thoroughly comprehensive survey report – I was very impressed. Whilst it did not necessarily make for comfortable reading in places, I highlighted areas of concern endorsed by clear photographs. Most crucially is put a value on the property which, given I live in Scotland, was very helpful.
    All in all, I consider this to be money very well spent, despite the fact that we will not be proceeding with the sale. I will be in touch again to commission another survey.

    Mr Lister went on to have three more surveys and finally commented….

    Thank you for the survey which has been gratefully received. You may be relieved to learn that we have had an offer accepted on this property, so fingers crossed!
    Thank must go to you and Jonathan for all of your efforts you have made on our behalf. I am still so impressed by Jonathan’s observational skills and his advice has been most welcome.

    Mr Ewan Lister

What you can expect from a survey



Inspection of roof space and comment on the construction, condition of timbers, roof coverings, lead work, infestations and it's general adequacy

Chimney Stacks, Flashings & Soakers
Construction and condition from ground level (using binoculars if necessary)

Parapets, Gutters & Valleys
Construction and condition from ground level (using binoculars if necessary)

Main Walls
Type of construction and condition of stone work/brick work/render

External & Internal Joinery
Construction and condition of window and door frames, roof timbers, staircase, kitchen units and wardrobes etc

Exterior Decoration and Paintwork   
General Condition

Internal Ceilings and Walls
Type of construction, condition of plasterwork, cracking etc

Fireplace, Flues and Chimney Breasts
Construction and condition, ventilation and installation

Construction and condition

Meter readings will be taken throughout the property to external and internal walls, where possible, damp proof course, penetrating/rising dampness or condensation


Timber Defects
Woodworm, beetle or rodent infestation; wet rot or dry rot to timbers

Thermal Insulation
Comments on thermal qualities and insulation

Type and condition of wiring, power points, meter box, TV aerial and telephone installation

Water, Plumbing and Sanitary Fittings
Position of stop cock, condition of supply pipework, waste pipes, water pressure

Hot Water & Central Heating
Condition of installation, radiators and boiler

Underground Drainage
Condition of foul and surface water drains, inspecting septic tank and soakaways and lifting manhole covers and inspection chambers where possible

Garage & Outbuildings
Construction and condition of garages and outbuildings, if applicable

Condition of boundary fences, walls, paths and drives. Reference to flooding, tree rot and other potential hazards or unusual factors affecting the property, where applicable

Building Regulations, Town Planning & Environmental Matters
General comment relating to planning permissions, contamination, mining and radon gas issues

Summary of Report and Recommendations
List of principal defects and recommended tests/inspections for specialist contractors

Items for Solicitor
List of points to be investigated including Warranties, Building regulation approval, maintenance contracts etc

Valuation of the property in its current condition

Insurance Valuation
Calculation of re-instatement cost for insurance purposes

All you need to do is contact us for a quotation...

Call us to provide brief details of the property in order for us to give you a quote. If this is acceptable, we will send our formal terms and conditions and confirm the cost. We will contact the selling agents to arrange access, inspect the property and provide you with a report within 7-10 days of inspection.

Alternatively you can complete our survey quotation form and will be get back in touch with you shortly.

Request a survey quotation

Jonathan Preece

Trenchard House, Edde Cross Street
Ross On Wye, HR9 7BZ

01989 768555

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