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Glossary of Terms Building Survey

A building survey is an examination of a building by a surveyor (which may include specific tests by the surveyor or other experts) in order to produce a report on the structural integrity of a building and the state of repair. Such a report would usually cover the condition of the structure, incidence of any defects to the fabric of the building and the state of repair of fixtures and fittings, services and plant installations.Depending upon the instructions given to the surveyor, these physical features would also be described in relation to safety, stability, strength, efficiency and economy in use, ease of maintenance and other factors as required.A building survey is often required as a condition to the grant of a mortgage or loan secured against the value of a property.