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What you need to know about building surveys

It’s important to assess the structure of an existing house before starting a renovation project. Here Tim Doherty outlines how to get it right
After falling in love with this spacious Georgian property and deciding to undertake a renovation project, Howard and Denise Horsman discovered the house was in a pretty bad state. Undeterred by its lack of insulation, outdated electrics and plumbing, as well as asbestos in the walls, the couple have brought new life to this grand home

Reworking an existing property is a great way to achieve a tailored home. Even though you’re not building from scratch, the scheme can deliver a space that’s bespoke to your household’s requirements, which is why no two renovation ventures are ever the same. Regardless of what you plan to do with the property, any project will require a careful and wellinformed assessment of the original building and its capacity to be altered, extended or in-part demolished. Getting this judgement right will usually underpin the success of the finished result, meaning a building survey is an essential first step.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Installing underfloor heating - Flooring cost guide - New routes to self build - What are building surveys?