What type of survey do I need for my property?

There are two main types of residential survey: the building survey and the HomeBuyer Report. Although it is down to you as the owner or purchaser to choose which survey is the right one for you, here are some guidelines to help you decide.


A HomeBuyer Report is generally better for properties that:


  • Were built within the last 125 years

  • Are of more conventional design

  • Are built from common building materials

  • Are in a reasonable condition, as far as you can tell

Building surveys are suitable for all properties, but they are particularly appropriate for:


  • Listed buildings

  • Older and larger properties 

  • Buildings that have already been renovated or significantly altered

  • Buildings that you intend to renovate or change

  • Buildings constructed in an unusual way, regardless of age

Property Valuations

A property valuation will give you the ‘market value’ of your home. The market value is how much a buyer would be happy to pay, assuming that they are willing to pay the current market rate and do not have any pressure to buy.


Property valuations are regulated by the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors). Ian Mills Associates use tried and tested methods to produce reliable valuations that are backed up by concrete evidence, as required by the RICS.


Once complete, the property valuation is normally valid for three months.

Defect Analysis

A defect analysis report focuses on a specific issue within a property.  Whether it is movement, roof issues, damp, or other defects, Ian Mills Associates have a great deal of experience in diagnosing these. 


Defects are present in all properties no matter their age.  However, some defects are worse than others and can be expensive to put right, especially in older properties.  Our inspection and report will determine the nature and cause of the defect and it will also include a recommended solution to resolve and make good the defect.  This supports you in ensuring that any problem with your property is put right  in a timely and cost-effective way.