Services We Offer

It is important to be fully informed about the condition of a property and budget costs of repair before purchase. Pre-purchase building surveys are designed to provide the prospective buyer with as much detailed information as possible as to the property’s condition to allow a balanced judgement of the purchase price and its suitability before exchange of contracts. We usually recommend that a purchaser commissions an independent survey of the property since the valuation provided by the mortgage company or lender is not designed for this purpose.

There are various types of survey available, but in any case it is important to remember that they should be carried out by fully qualified professionals. Christopher White Associates are Chartered Building Surveyors; being fully qualified and long experienced in carrying out pre-purchase inspections and reports. These services offered are summarized as follows:

  • RICS Homesurvey level 2
  • New Build Snagging Survey
  • Specific Defect Report

The RICS HomeSurvey Level 2

This is a new product that has been recently introduced to the profession by the RICS. It is a simple report in standard format that gives outline information about the property prior to purchase.

The new style report uses the now well known ‘traffic light’ system to show whether various parts of the building are good, bad or indifferent, but does not contain any detailed advice as to how to put right any problems. However; it is a worthwhile, basic survey for simple houses when considering purchase.

It requires an in depth inspection similar to other surveys, but the information provided within the report is limited. It is therefore somewhat cheaper than the Building Survey and is only suitable for certain, straightforward types of housing. We normally recommend a Homebuyers Report is carried out on properties built since the 1950’s unless they are of non-traditional construction or have been extensively modernised or extended.

Please contact us for advice on whether this type of survey is suitable for the property you have in mind and we will guide you on which is best for you.



New Build Snagging Survey

We provide a service to purchasers of newly constructed houses. This takes the form of a list detailing any outstanding works or finishes that are thought to be sub-standard or inappropriate. An independently compiled report such as this has been proved to be a useful tool when final negotiations with the selling contractor are taking place.

Specific Defect Report

This type of report is usually carried out on behalf of existing homeowners who discover or suspect a particular problem with their property. Typical cases include cracking in walls or floors, damp, condensation, leaks, dry or wet rot and poor or defective workmanship on a building project carried out at the property.

An inspection and assessment is carried out on the specific problem and a detailed report giving findings, conclusions and recommendations is provided. This type of work and report is often carried out as part of an insurance claim process.

CWA are highly experienced in providing advice and an assessment on defective building work. Whilst most contractors provide a good job, there are unfortunately still a small number that do not and as a result we are often called upon to provide an independent report detailing findings and recommendations to ‘put things right’. We have a very good record for negotiating out of court so reducing costs for our clients.

Christopher White Associates
Northgate House, Plough Road, Great Bentley, Colchester, Essex, CO7 8LG
Tel : 01206 256483
Email : [email protected]