Looking at the legal side and how we can help ….

Whilst a survey is of course primarily focussed on the building itself, all good surveyors are acutely aware that they are the only professional to actually visit the property. We can help! We can provide useful advice to help your legal team. Here are some common legal pitfalls in buying a house, excluding valuation, and how a surveyor can help:

Undisclosed Property Defects:

As an experienced surveyor we can conduct a thorough inspection of the property and identify any hidden defects or structural issues that may not be apparent during a regular viewing. This can help you make an informed decision and negotiate repairs or a reduction in price

Boundary Disputes:

A surveyor can  determine the boundaries of the property, which can prevent potential conflicts with neighbours over property lines or encroachments. This ensures that you have a clear understanding of what you are purchasing.

Planning and Building Regulation Compliance:

A surveyor can assess whether any alterations or additions made to the property likely comply with planning permissions and building regulations. This helps you avoid potential legal issues and the need for costly remedial work in the future.

Title and Ownership Issues:

A surveyor can help advise and review the property’s title and ownership details to identify any legal issues or restrictions that may affect your ownership rights. This includes checking for easements, rights of way, or restrictive covenants that could impact the property.

Environmental Concerns:

A surveyor can assess the property for any environmental concerns, such as contamination or flood risk. This information is crucial for your decision-making process and may affect your ability to secure financing or insurance.

Leasehold Issues:

If you are purchasing a leasehold property, a surveyor can advise on issues that may affect  service charges, or lease extensions. This ensures that you are fully aware of the obligations and costs associated with the leasehold.


By engaging a surveyor, you can have a comprehensive understanding of the property’s condition, legal status, and potential risks. This knowledge empowers you to make an informed decision, negotiate effectively, and avoid costly legal complications in the future.