Before you make the biggest purchase of your life, it is important to invest in a pre-purchase structural inspection. This will ensure that you are not investing your money in a property with serious structural issues and defects, which could quickly become a further drain on your finances.

We know that when you are purchasing a home there are many costs to consider, but your structural inspection is not an area to overlook and in this blog, we take a closer look at what you can expect to pay.


Why are pre-purchase structural inspections so important?

If you are purchasing a house and you do not invest in a structural inspection, you will not have peace of mind that the property is 100% structurally sound. There could be hidden structural issues and defects which may be very expensive to repair, and the last thing you want to find is that issues such as cracks, rising damp and rotting timbers will need fixing.

A pre-purchase structural survey will pinpoint current and potential issues, so that you can make an informed decision about the purchase in relation to potential repair costs. This could mean that you are forced to pull out of a sale, which although it may be emotionally difficult at the time, you will be avoiding costly repairs. Alternatively, depending on the cost of the repairs you may be able to negotiate a lower purchase price, which would leave you with funds to complete the works required.


What is the pre-purchase inspection cost?

There are several factors which will impact the pre-purchase structural inspection cost, such as the size of the property, its location, access, and its age. The average cost is likely to be between £350 and £650 plus VAT, which compared to the price of potential unknown repairs is very low.

Although pre-purchase structural inspection reports will vary in terms of layout between engineers, in general, the written report will include photos and descriptions of issues, recommendations for repairs and a monitoring plan, if required. The following are the types of issues which an engineer will be looking for during the inspection:

  • Signs of subsidence or heave
  • Roof structure defects
  • Cracks or signs of movement


Simplify Structural Engineering – Competitively priced pre-purchase structural inspections

Our team of engineers are supervised by a Chartered engineer under the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and we always strive to provide an efficient and cost-effective service. When you hire Simplify Engineering to complete your pre-purchase structural inspection, we will inspect every aspect of the structure, so that you have a detailed understanding of the property you are hoping to purchase. If you would like us to provide a competitive quote for your inspection, contact us today and we will be pleased to help.