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Buying a house is one of the most exciting things you will ever do – and probably the biggest purchase you will ever make. We want your purchase to live up to those dreams, hopes and expectations.

You need to know that your next home will not only be a sound investment, but also one which you will enjoy… without the worry of the unknown.

At Grisdales, we provide a range of surveys and valuation reports to meet different needs, backed by the qualification, experience and knowledge of a Chartered Surveyor.

And we know timescale will be very important to your plans. An inspection can normally booked within 1-2 days from instruction and the completed report forwarded to you within a further 3-5 days. Please get in touch via our offices in Whitehaven, Workington or Cockermouth in Cumbria to arrange a survey.

Property to sell?

You may not be just a buyer, but a seller as well. Our expert valuers know the local property scene inside out and are well placed to advise you how to accurately position your property in the current market. Our Valuation and Market Appraisal takes about an hour and typically includes:

  • a summary of current market conditions
  • a valuation taking in to account all your property has to offer
  • a suggested asking price
  • advice upon getting your home ready
  • discussion about how we will present your home to buyers
  • a marketing strategy
For a no obligation valuation of your property, fill in your details on our contact page and one of our expert valuers will be in touch to arrange a convenient appointment. Alternatively call your nearest Grisdales property showroom.  

Building Survey

Sometimes referred to as a Structural Survey, this is the most comprehensive survey available. It provides an in-depth picture of the condition and construction of the property within a report which is highly detailed and can be designed around your specific concerns. The report includes details of:

  • An assessment of the property in terms of location, environment and context within the local property market
  • A detailed overall assessment of the condition of the property
  • Serious structural defects which affect the stability and safety of the structure
  • Faults, both major and minor - and what they could mean.
  • Essential repairs which require urgent attention
  • Essential repairs which require specialist investigations and quotations before you sign a contact
  • Repairs of a more maintenance nature
  • Matters to be referred to your solicitor
  • The estimated re-building cost for Buildings Insurance purposes
  • A valuation of the property in present condition
The last thing you want is unexpected bills for structural defects and repairs which you were not aware of until after moving in. Grisdales offer a wide range of survey and valuation reports to meet different needs but all backed by the qualification, experience and knowledge of a Chartered Surveyor.

Homebuyer Survey

This is a popular style of report presented in an easy to read format. It focuses on the main elements of the property, significant repairs and those matters requiring urgent attention. It is an ideal report to help you assess whether the property is a reasonable purchase at the agreed price, what actions to take before you exchange contracts and the repairs you will need to attend to once your purchase is complete. The report includes details of:

  • The general condition of the property
  • Any major faults, including structural movement, which are a threat to the fabric of the building and may affect the value
  • Urgent problem areas which require further investigation and quotations before you sign a contract
  • Results of damp tests to ground floor walls
  • Condition of timbers including woodworm or rot
  • The estimated re-building cost for Buildings Insurance purposes
  • A valuation of the property in present condition

Property Valuation

This is a brief report which includes our assessment of value, taking into account the overall condition of the property and current market conditions. It is ideal in a wide range of situations where the value forms part of financial or portfolio planning. The Property Valuation report is ideally suited for:

  • Capital gains and inheritance tax assessments
  • Probate
  • Matrimonial
  • Litigation
  • Family property appraisals and planning
  • Expert witness reports for court purposes
  • Court proceedings