Home-Buyer's Surveys & Building Surveys
Robert White Associates are specialist pre-purchase surveyors with over
three decades of experience serving clients in
South Wales and the surrounding area. We utilise our expertise and wealth of experience
in the industry to provide accurate surveys on both residential and commercial
As a building surveyor with over 30 years of professional experience,
Robert White and his team of surveyors are capable of conducting thorough
and meticulous surveys that can pinpoint any outstanding issues a property may have.
We adhere to the strict guidelines as set down by the RCIS, so you can
be sure that every aspect of a property will be explored in great detail.
We strive to carry out our surveys within three days of being contacted
and aim to submit our detailed reports within a week.
Why choose us for your survey?
We can carry out Home-Buyer’s Surveys & Valuations on most properties,
more detailed Building Surveys on properties that are old or have been
altered, or Limited Inspections to discuss specific defects. Please refer
to the attached web-pages for details of the type of surveys available
and how to select the appropriate type for your proposed purchase.
How do we charge?
Fees are by prior agreement, based upon the size, age and location of the property.
Fees quoted are fixed, include vat and are not subject to the addition
of extras. We will make the inspection as soon as possible and your report
will be released on receipt of your payment.
We work in the following areas:
- South Glamorgan
- Mid Glamorgan
Why have a survey
Your mortgage lender will commission a valuation, a copy of which is likely
to be made available to you, but it is only a valuation to ensure that
the loan is adequately secured upon the house, it is not a condition survey.
Sadly, many people take more care buying a used car than buying a house.
They will check the log book and the service history, take it for a test
drive, most likely be covered by a 12 month warranty and take out a finance
agreement for a year or three. By comparison, most mortgages are for terms
of up to 25 years, a house will not be covered by a warranty, it will
require regular maintenance to keep it in good condition and many houses
will require initial expenditure soon after purchase to put right existing
defects. There is no recourse to the purchaser is defects come to light
and in some cases the property will be uninhabitable while repairs &
improvements are undertaken.
Consider the following:
- Are the cracks in the front wall normal thermal cracking that can be ignored,
or do they indicate structural movement?
- The trees look great, but are they likely to affect the foundations? Will
you be liable if they damage the neighbour’s house?
- Is the damp stain on the dining room wall rising damp, dry rot, or only
- So the house has white plastic lights and sockets, but is the cabling potentially
dangerous two-core, or has it been botched in the loft?
- Does the boiler work, are the radiators large enough, are they falling
off the walls, is there a suitable expansion cistern?
- The wood windows look good, but has the vendor filled the rot and painted it over?
- Many old houses have been re-roofed, but have the new (heavier) concrete
tiles over-loaded the old roof structure, causing it to become unsound?
- Do the drains work, or are they blocked?
- The old ceilings are cracked, but do they need replacing?
- Can you afford to take the risk?
- Can you afford NOT to have a survey?
Call us now on your local number or send an e-mail with your requirements.
We are available from 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to