Survey Fees

Survey fees
Last updated April 2015
Most of our damp and timber surveys are as a result of surveys for mortgages, re-mortgages and Equity Release funding and therefore are prices are structured to meet this demand and prices for damp and timber surveys are as follows:-
 
Damp Survey:from £150.00
Timber Decay:from £150.00
Combined Damp & Timber Survey: from £200.00
 
Damp and timber surveys are based on a typical three bedroom semi or terraced house
 
Damp-timber and dry rot surveys – Whole house survey costs £250.00
 
Mortgage specials- damp and timber surveys and reports to satisfy stricter Building Society lending criteria.
 
As we head into a new age of austerity Building Societies have turned the clock back to the 1950s and mortgage lending is getting tighter and with lenders making borrowers come up with deposits of around 20-30% of property values. They also seem to have instructed their surveyors to be very particular in their inspections with regard to dampness or timber decay and perceived dampness or timber decay is always flagged up on a building survey. We get calls and e-mails on a daily basis from clients saying that they are buying a house and have been granted a mortgage but ‘dampness and timber decay have been noted and a specialist damp and timber survey is required’
 
The slightest hint of damp will therefore get the Building Society surveyor to include statements such as- ‘Random moisture meter readings were taken and adverse readings were recorded on some walls, this indicates an on-going damp problem at the property. A competent Damp & Timber Specialist should be commissioned to assess the severity of the rising damp to the property and quote for necessary damp-proofing and timber treatment works.’
 
This often leads to damp-proofing firms to offer free surveys and quotes which will routinely diagnose rising damp and then recommend chemical damp-proofing together with associated re-plastering. This work is rarely need and to avoid such disruptive, costly and unnecessary works we have introduced our mortgage survey specials designed to save buyers and sellers from unnecessary, expensive and disruptive damp-proofing and timber treatments.
 
Surveys can be arranged by phoning 0800 028 1903 or via e-mail on enquiries@ukdamp.co.uk
 
You might be tempted by the offer of a ‘free survey’ by some damp-proofing and timber treatment companies but they will always find rising dampness and recommend chemical damp-proofing and timber treatments that are hardly ever required and very hard to justify.
 
We can also provide quotations for any remedial damp and timber decay repairs which have been specified by a Chartered Surveyor (RICS) or any independent Remedial Surveyor (CSRT) who is a member of the Property Care Association or Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers.