Building Surveys

A full Building Survey ( formerly Structural Survey ) is a detailed report on the property by a qualified experienced building surveyor, examining the construction, structure and condition of the building, noting defects and highlighting significant problems of which the client may be unaware.

The identified defects and cost implications can result in the prospective purchaser, not only renegotiating their offer prior to legal committment, but also avoiding substantial, unforeseen future expense.

S W Hirons & Associates' building surveys include detailed inspections of:


  • Roof and roof coverings including chimney stacks and flashings.
  • Gutters and downpipes.
  • Main walls. Quality of brickwork, mortar pointing and render.
  • Pebble-dash integrity.
  • Damp proof course and damp readings.
  • Windows and external joinery.
  • External finishes and decoration.
  • Boundaries and external enclosed areas.


  • Roof Timbers and roof voids, requirements to insulation and ventilation.
  • Carpentry and quality of joinery finishes.
  • Floor and ceiling construction.
  • Floor coverings and finishes.
  • Decoration and quality of under-lying finishes.
  • Kitchen and sanitaryware.
  • Heating and plumbing systems.
  • Electrical installation, services and utilities.
  • Damp readings.
  • Wall & partitions, constructions and load bearing capability and plaster finishes.

Our detailed survey report

  • Highlights defects, planning and building compliance.
  • Includes estimated costs to identified defects and required works.
  • Recommendations to legal and lease issues.

We understand and appreciate purchasers of flats, Local Authority purpose built blocks and newer built apartments may not require a full building structural survey.

For these we offer a Building Inspection Condition Report.

Although Home Buyers Reports are available, these are pre-printed sheets and provide little detailed inspection or analysis, and as such we do not offer this option.

S W Hirons & Associates structure surveys to property type and client's specific requirements and offer a "hybrid" alternative between the two options. This is our Building Inspection Condition Report, still based on our full survey inspection and report, but due to restricted access due to nature of construction and multi occupancy, common services etc is slightly less detailed. We inspect as far as practicable but is in part visual. The cost of this type of report is similar to a Home Buyers Report, but in far more depth.

Contact: SW Hirons & Associates

For a free initial consultation to discuss your survey, specific requirements or building plans, please contact us on

Office: 020 7265 0247 

Steve Hirons, Senior Partner: Direct line 07703 437175

Alternatively, please use our contact form and submit your enquiry.

Contact us

Contact us

Office: 020 7265 0247
Direct No: 07703 437175



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