Surveying In Spain
Building Surveys and defects assessment for property buyers and existing owners throughout the Costa Blanca, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Almeria & Castellon, Spain.
Towns covered include Gandia, Oliva, Denia, Javea, Moraira, Calpe, Altea, Benidorm, Torrevieja, La Zenia, Rojales, La Quesada, Orihuela, Elche, Castellon, Benicassim, Alcosebre, also Almeria, Mojacar etc.
Why have a Building survey?
Just as in the UK, you can save money and avoid problems by having a survey carried out on a prospective purchase property.
The less obvious defects spotted by the Building Surveyor can be used to negotiate a lower price and knowing the true condition of a building will help you to make better investment decisions when buying in Spain.
Many construction techniques in Spain are quite different to those used in the UK and the survey will point out the benefits, disadvantages and implications of various build methods and allow you to evaluate one property type against another.
Defects which are more prevalent in Spain than the UK include:- insect attack (including termites), steel reinforced concrete decay, water pipe decay and slope subsidence to name just a few. The Survey will assess the building for signs of these and many other possible defects and includes damp meter inspection.
In addition to surveys for prospective buyers, existing owners may need advice on specific known defects such as timber insect infestation ongoing subsidence or damp.
Snagging Survey for New Builds
For new build properties, an interim inspection of the structural elements (prior to completion and final payment) can be highly valuable, in order to
highlight any significant omissions or defects which might be covered up later and to help ensure that the constructor addresses any issues, essentially before they have received all monies. Works vigilance is also a common surveyor function, as architect control can be poor in Spain.
A snagging service on completion is also available.
Is a survey a guarantee of condition?
A survey is not a guarantee, but a present time assessment of a building, which can be likened to a personal medical or car MOT inspection. Just as a medical or MOT is obviously not a guarantee that illness or breakdowns won’t occur in the future, the survey is not a guarantee of future property condition and clients are required to sign a legal disclaimer to this effect.
Are Building Surveyors the same as Architects or Engineers?
Building Surveying is a specialist ‘stand alone’ profession. While Building Surveyors train in design, draughtsmanship and structural calculations, importantly they undergo specialist training in the recognition and understanding of building structure and fabric related defects, remedial solutions and materials. Building Surveyors therefore predominantly specialise in structural condition surveys, while Architects generally specialise in new build and reformation design and specification issues (see link below for architectural services), and Engineers specialise in structural calculations and structural specification for both new build and reparation works. While the professions share some common ground, Engineers and Architects are not Building Surveyors, just as GP’s are not Dentists, so it’s important that the client consults the right professional for the right task or stage of works.
Is a mortgage lender valuation the same?
Most mortgage lenders will send their in house valuer (‘Tasador’) to assess whether or not a property is worth the money being loaned, in order that, should repossession be necessary, the lender can recoup the loan. As property generally goes up in value and borrowing is rarely 100% of the value, the mortgage lender’s valuation will normally be very quick (20 mins) and rarely focus in detail on any issues.
As valuation is for the lender rather than the buyer, the buyer will not normally get any form of advice or structural report. A lender’s survey or valuation should therefore never be relied upon as a structural assessment of a property.
While a property might be cleared for lending purposes, it may still suffer from serious insect attack, rising damp, subsidence etc. In contrast an average structural survey involves 2hrs at the property.
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20:56 31 May 20
Did such a good job dealing with our party wall matters. Greatly appreciated. Thank you again for all your hard work
20:41 31 May 20
I have used this company for two residential surveys and cannot fault the service! Chloe is very professional and delivers an excellent customer experience. I was well informed on what information i would receive and when. Everything arrived when expected and Marcus was more than happy to talk through the reports. Highly recommend this company!
15:57 24 Apr 20
From my initial telephone call with Sabrina to the day of the site survey with Chloe and her subsequent face-to-face feedback I have been impressed with the professionalism and customer focused approach to what is a major decision in our lives... moving home. There was effective communication throughout the process and a very positive experience.
19:51 23 Apr 20
Moved from Bristol to London for work and used Modrics Surveyors from a Homebuyer Survey. Would highly recommend the company and would use again on future property purchase. The service was very reliable and efficient, with excellent communication throughout the process. Survey was undertaken on Thursday and I've received the report the next day. The whole team was very professional, friendly and report provided the detail that I needed. Overall, highly recommend, 5 star service and a great value for money.
19:36 23 Apr 20
Professional, caring and very experienced. The surveyor took the time to run through the survey personally with me afterwards and provided plenty of hints and tips about me upcoming renovation job. 10/10 !
16:43 29 Jan 20
Chloe was recommended to me by a friend. They all delivered the service I was looking for. Always on hand to offer guidance and advice when I needed it. They were professional, efficient, courteous and and helpful from start to finish. The service was thorough, with Peter even taking the time to explain some matters in more detail to me over the phone. Extremely good value for money, I will certainly be using them again when the time comes
02:05 23 Jan 20
Prompt service, report within 48 hours of visit as promised. Telephone briefing directly after survey very useful. Report itself clear and understandable. Chance to raise any specific concerns/plans before the visit ensured these aspects were covered in the report. Would use again.