What is a Walk Around Survey?

The Walk Around Survey will involve the following:-

  • Survey:- An inspection lasting several hours will be made of all reasonably accessible parts of the above property, including external and internal surfaces. Particular attention will be paid to rising and penetrating damp to timber defects and to assessing the significance of any cracks visible in the main walls. A short ladder will be used where appropriate for access to lofts and externally for access to flat roofs, etc, which cannot be readily seen from ground level. The various services will be visually inspected and reported on.


  • Meeting:- Following the inspection, advice will be provided verbally, through a detailed telephone call/video meeting (at any convenient time). This will last about an hour, or however long you want. It will describe in plain language the construction and condition of the main elements of the property (roofs, walls, floors, windows, doors, stairs, services in the property etc, where visible) and significant defects detected. Our years of experience will be offered to you in a friendly and informative way – carried out as a discussion exercise.


  • Summary Report:- Furthermore, the Chartered Surveyor will provide a Summary Report with a numbered list of their overall opinions on deemed more adverse defects to the external and internal areas, as well as the services. Input on Legal concerns can also be given (the Legal team will not be entering the property, unlike us).

At the same time, we can discuss alterations that you are proposing e.g. a loft conversion, side/rear extension, wall removals etc. The design, feasibility, costs and so on can be discussed.

At the end of this exercise, you will have the opportunity to request any particular concerns be written up in great detail. For example, one aspect regarding dampness could be documented, depending on your preferences.  

This is a tailored service to meet your requirements, whilst also giving you input on our adverse concerns/issues/feedback on your purchase. 


Would a Walk Around Survey be Suitable for Me?

We have been getting great feedback from this form of Reporting. Reading a 50 page Report might not be what you are after, or how your mind works!

You might also not want to know about everything within the property e.g. internal finishes, bathroom/kitchen, boundaries, etc. You could be planning a full refurbishment exercise where generally most aspects will be replaced in any event and therefore not need to be gone into much detail. The Walk Around Survey would be perfect for you here.

Following the survey, any written Report can be focussed on that area being of concern. The Walk Around Survey would certainly be useful in making your decision whether or not to buy. It is also much cheaper than the full written Report exercise whilst also providing a breadth of information.


Why Instruct PA Surveyors?

Our Chartered Surveyors will aim to provide the information in plain terms, as well as provide indication on the urgency of any works. Furthermore, the character and age of the building will be taken into consideration within the advices to help you gauge the magnitude of any issues.

We will always send you the various photographs taken during the survey – we usually take about 200 images to illustrate our findings. These will be sent as a digital copy so you can flick through and relay everything that was discussed.

We are also only a phone call/email away should you or a partner want to go over anything, or ask further questions.

More importantly, our Chartered Surveyors are professionals but also friendly individuals that you can come to at any stage.

Our RICS Chartered Surveyors operate throughout East & West Sussex; to include Brighton, Hove, Portslade & Shoreham, as well as Crawley, Haywards Heath, Eastbourne and beyond! 

Please contact us to obtain further free advice and a no obligation quotation.