Building Surveying

Condition Survey

A condition survey shows the condition of the property at the time of the survey. The report will be
presented in an ‘elemental’ format and broken down into roof, walls, floors, windows etc. This type
of survey also offers basic legal guidance and would highlight any urgent defects. This being the lower
priced survey and report it would normally be aimed at newer or conventional buildings.


Full Building Survey

A full building survey is the ‘belt and braces’ approach and will comment in detail on all aspects of the
building. This is the most comprehensive report and provides an in-depth analysis of the property's
condition. A full building survey also:

  • Aims to establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future
  • Aims to describe visible defects, plus exposing potential problems posed by hidden defects
  • Aims to outline the repair options and give you a repair timeline, while explaining the consequences of not acting
  • Provides specific comments on energy efficiency
  • Describes the construction and condition of the property on the date of the inspection
  • Aims to identify any problems that need urgent attention or are serious
  • Aims to identify things that need to be investigated to prevent further damage
  • Aims to tell you about problems that may be dangerous
  • Aims to show up potential issues and defects, before any transaction takes place
  • Aims to help you decide whether you need extra advice before committing to your purchase
  • Allows you to budget for any repairs or restoration


Defect Diagnosis Report

Through investigation and exploratory work, our surveyors can identify the cause of any building
defects in both commercial and residential properties. We often offer this service in conjunction with others, resulting in the identification of defects and recommendations for remedial work. 

We can undertake inspections in relation to defects in a certain part of a property through to undertaking a building inspection of the whole property. Whether your building is a modern or listed house or an industrial unit, shop or office, we will be able to assist you.

Additionally, advice on cost of works can be provided, which gives the client comfort of the anticipated level of expenditure for the repair works. Where required, we can then prepare appropriate tender documents to obtain costs from contractors and thereafter administer the works on site.  

Advice can also be offered on any resulting repairing liability issues or other liabilities under design or construction warranties.


Home Report

A Home Report is required by law if you plan on selling your house. It is the seller's responsibility to
make a Home Report available to genuine buyers. 

The Home Report can only be produced by chartered surveyors. It is essential that you instruct a surveyor who knows and understands the local housing market. Marsh and Riddell possess an expert knowledge and understanding of the local market conditions which is essential for your Home Report to assist in you successfully selling your home.


A Home Report is made up of four elements:

  • A Single Survey
  • A report on the condition of your property.
  • An Energy ReportA report on the energy efficiency of your home.
  • A Mortgage Valuation ReportFor use by a buyer to obtain a mortgage.
  • A Property Questionnaire (PQ)
  • A form comprising details of any legal issues or other matters relative to your property