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PLEASE NOTE: RICS Survey Standards are changing during 2020 and the new Standards will become MANDATORY for all members of RICS producing Survey Reports on residential property on 1st June. We are presently upgrading our Survey Report formats to meet the new "Benchmarking" system (see below) by which Levels of Survey Report produced by any member of RICS are to be judged. Accordingly this part of our website is presently under constant development. Please contact us should you require any further information.

Edwards Genesis aim to provide a high quality and value for money service in preparation of Valuation and Survey Reports on residential and commercial property based on knowledge, experience and local expertise. We work to a standard NOT to a price.

We will:

  • Seek to understand our client's specific needs.
  • Advise an appropriate course of action and type of report based on our understanding of those needs.
  • If appropriate, confirm our Conditions of Engagement and agreed fee/basis of charging in writing or by e-mail.
  • Comply with the requirements of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), including maintenance of Professional Indemnity Insurance and a Complaints Handling Procedure, and the RICS 5 Ethical Standards - to act with integrity, to always provide a high standard of service, to act in a way that promotes trust in the profession, to treat others with respect, and to take responsibility.
  • Employ experienced and appropriately trained staff familiar with our product range and able to respond promptly and efficiently to client enquiries.  
  • Undertake all work promptly, diligently and efficiently and advise the client of any reasons for delay.
  • Deal promptly with pre & post-contract enquiries and provide an ongoing commitment to customer care.

"Opportunities are everywhere - I make it my motto never to close a door until I've looked through it"

John Brownlow MRICS


Below are links to some of the services that we offer. Please click on any section for more information, example documents/reports and other resources.

We provide reports as PDF documents by e-mail once they have been typed and then checked and edited by the Surveyor. This gives the client our professional advice at the earliest possible opportunity. In order to reduce our impact on the environment we do not automatically provide printed copies of reports; a copy will be provided on request but all printing is done on re-cycled paper and we do not bind reports in plastic. There is no charge for provision of a printed copy but we ask clients to consider making a small donation to an  environmental charity, such as https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/, by way of a carbon offset.

Reports include reference sheets, photographs, web links and diagrams to illustrate and explain some commonly encountered building defects and other issues.


A valuation report may be required for many purposes including property purchase, matrimonial matters, probate, taxation and insurance. A valuation report is usually based on a limited "walkthrough" inspection of the property and should not be confused with a survey report, which would be produced after a much more detailed examination including, for example, roof spaces, sub-floor voids, high level areas, flat roofs, and drainage chambers. A valuation can be included as an Appendix to any Level of Survey Report.

PLEASE NOTE: RICS Survey Standards are changing during 2020 and the new Standards will become MANDATORY for all members of RICS producing Survey Reports on residential property w/e/f June. We are presently upgrading our Survey Report formats to meet the new "Benchmarking" system by which Levels of Survey Report produced by any member of RICS are to be judged. Accordingly this part of our website is presently under constant development. Please contact us should you require any further information.

Any of our Survey Reports can be provided with or without valuation advice. You should note, however, that ANY valuation work undertaken by ANY member of RICS MUST be  carried out by a Valuer Registered by RICS (RICS Registered Valuer) and MUST comply with the RICS Valuation - Global Standards 2020 (often referred to as The Red Book).

If you are buying a house with a Bank or Building Society loan the lender will probably require some form of Valuation Report but the valuation process is usually outside the buyer's control and the mortgage valuation is NOT a survey! You should commission your own indpendent survey from a Chartered Surveyor. Watch the RICS information video here

Click here for an example Valuation Report and click here to see our Conditions of Engagement.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: RICS Survey Standards are changing during 2020 and the new Standards will become MANDATORY for all members of RICS producing Survey Reports on residential property w/e/f June. We are presently upgrading our Survey Report formats to meet the new "Benchmarking" system by which Levels of Survey Report produced by any member of RICS are to be judged. Accordingly this part of our website is presently under constant development. Please contact us should you require any further information.

A mid-price survey report produced in a standardised format and suitable for a wide range of houses and providing advice on construction and condition, major defects, general repair including future liabilities, health and safety matters and legal issues. From September 2016 HomeBuyer Report is available with or without a valuation. 

Make sure you commission a genuine RICS HomeBuyer Report from a Chartered Surveyor and in the current (2016) format.

Click HERE for a copy example of a HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation) and HERE for a copy example of a HomeBuyer Report (Survey only).

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Edwards Genesishave developed the Main Building Structure and Fabric Survey (MBSFS) as a condensed form of a traditional and often very detailed Building Survey (sometimes still referred to as a "structural survey") for use in circumstances where a Building Survey is not considered necessary or appropriate by the client and/or the surveyor. There are several circumstances where this may be the case and each property will need to be judged on its merits but the most common scenario is in respect of a proposed purchase of a property known to be in poor condition and in need of extensive repair and refurbishment and where the client does not need to pay the surveyor to tell him/her what is already known and has been budgeted for – e.g. replacement of windows, refurbishment of kitchen and sanitary areas, replastering, renewal of service installations etc. Another possible case would be a newly refurbished older property with new kitchen and bathroom facilities, new services, replacement windows and doors etc. and where the client's main concern is the underlying condition of the building structure and fabric rather than cosmetic items and non-structural items. Click here to view a copy exampls MBSFS.

PLEASE NOTE: RICS Survey Standards are changing during 2020 and the new Standards will become MANDATORY for all members of RICS producing Survey Reports on residential property w/e/f June. We are presently upgrading our Survey Report formats to meet the new "Benchmarking" system by which Levels of Survey Report produced by any member of RICS are to be judged. Accordingly this part of our website is presently under constant development. Please contact us should you require any further information.

This is a detailed report and is suitable for most types of residential and commercial property. It is a "bespoke" service that can be tailored to suit both the property and the client's needs and concerns and is particularly appropriate for larger, older or more complex buildings and those in poor repair. Our Building Survey reports include maps, diagrams, weblinks etc. and are accompanied a large number of photographs (and, if appropriate, videos), a Glossary of building terms and other useful information.

Click HERE for an example Building Survey report and click HERE for our Conditions of Engagement.

PLEASE NOTE: RICS Survey Standards are changing during 2020 and the new Standards will become MANDATORY for all members of RICS producing Survey Reports on residential property w/e/f June. We are presently upgrading our Survey Report formats to meet the new "Benchmarking" system by which Levels of Survey Report produced by any member of RICS are to be judged. Accordingly this part of our website is presently under constant development. Please contact us should you require any further information.

These are usually prepared to document the condition of commercial properties before a Tenant commits to a lease that requires the Tenant to maintain all, or part(s), of the premises during the Lease term. Schedules of Condition will include a photographic record.

Click here to see an example Schedule of Condition.

Edwards Genesis can advise on lease negotiations/renewals, rent reviews and other related commercial property matters. Contact Simon Miller FRICS MRPSA to discuss your requirements.

Allegations of Valuer/Surveyor negligence, defective building work and other disputes relating to land and property matters.

 

 

This is an entry level Survey Report for those purchasers requiring professional advice from a member of RICS at an economical fee. It is, however, only suitable for small, relatively modern houses of conventional design and construction and that have not been significantly extended or altered.

This Level of report report will be prepared by our Graduate Building Surveyor or by one of our Chartered Surveyor Directors.

This is a mid-price survey report produced in a standardised format and suitable for a wide range of houses and providing advice on construction and condition, major defects, general repair including future liabilities, health and safety matters and legal issues. From September 2016 HomeBuyer Report is available with or without a valuation. 

Our Level 2 Reports are prepared by our Graduate Building Surveyor one one of the Chartered Surveyor Directors of the company.

PLEASE NOTE: RICS Survey Standards are changing during 2020 and the new Standards will become MANDATORY for all members of RICS producing Survey Reports on residential property w/e/f June. We are presently upgrading our Survey Report formats to meet the new "Benchmarking" system by which Levels of Survey Report produced by any member of RICS are to be judged. Accordingly this part of our website is presently under constant development. Please contact us should you require any further information.

UNDER DEVELOPMENT

This is a report we have devised to assist clients purchasing a brand new house and who require assurance as to the standard of construction and workmanship, compliance with Building egulations etc. Traditional Survey Reports are not really suitable for new-builds as they are generally designed to report on "defects" that may take many years to develop (dampness, structural problems etc) and to report on areas of lack of maintenance, past extensions and alterations etc.

PLEASE NOTE: RICS Survey Standards are changing during 2020 and the new Standards will become MANDATORY for all members of RICS producing Survey Reports on residential property w/e/f June. We are presently upgrading our Survey Report formats to meet the new "Benchmarking" system by which Levels of Survey Report produced by any member of RICS are to be judged. Accordingly this part of our website is presently under constant development. Please contact us should you require any further information.

UNDER DEVELOPMENT

RICS "Benchmarking" of Levels of Survey under the Home Survey Standard (mandatory for all RICS Members from 1st June 2020) - you should check what Level any survey product you may be offered is "Benchmarked" against! These are the MINIMUM standards each Survey Level should achieve.

Survey Level 1 - Condition Report 
This service is designed for clients (buyers, sellers and owners) seeking a professional and objective report on the condition of the property at an economic price. As a result, it is less comprehensive than Survey Level 2 and Survey Level 3. This level of service includes a visual inspection that is less extensive than for the other Survey Levels. No tests of the building fabric or services are undertaken. The report objectively describes the condition of the building, its services and the grounds. It highlights relevant legal issues and any obvious risks to the building, people or grounds. The report is succinct and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects and problems. Where the surveyor is unable to reach a conclusion with reasonable confidence, a recommendation for further investigation should be made. A Survey Level 1 report does not include advice on how to carry out repairs or on ongoing maintenance and this, combined with the less extensive inspection, usually means it is better suited to conventionally built, modern dwellings in satisfactory condition. It will not suit older or complex properties, or those in a neglected condition. 

Survey Level 2 - Home Buyer Survey
This level of service is for clients who are seeking a professional opinion at an economic price. It is, therefore, less comprehensive than a Level 3 service. The focus is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of a property. This intermediate level of service includes a more extensive visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds, but still without tests. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars). The report objectively describes the condition of the different elements and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. At this level, although it is concise, the report does include advice about repairs and any ongoing maintenance issues. Where the surveyor is unable to reach a conclusion with reasonable confidence, a recommendation for further investigations should be made. This level of service suits a broader range of conventionally built properties, although the age and type will depend on the knowledge and experience of the RICS member. This level of service is unlikely to suit:

  • complex buildings, for example those that have been extensively extended and altered
  • unique or older historic properties – although Survey Level 2 services may be appropriate for some older buildings, the decision will depend on the RICS member’s proven competence and knowledge and the nature of the building itself. For example, a Survey Level 2 report on homes with traditional timber frames or those built much before 1850 is likely to be inconclusive and be of little use to the client or
  • properties in neglected condition. 

Survey Level 3 - Building Survey 
This level of service is for clients who are seeking a professional opinion based on a detailed assessment of the property. The service consists of a detailed visual inspection of the building, its services and the grounds and is more extensive than a Survey Level 2. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars). Although the services are not tested, they are observed in normal operation – in other words, they are switched on or off and/or operated where the occupier has given permission and it is safe to do so. The report objectively describes the form of construction and materials used for different parts of the property. It describes the condition and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. Additionally, it should:

  • describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects in areas not inspected
  • propose the most probable cause(s) of the defects based on the inspection
  • outline the likely scope of any appropriate remedial work and explain the likely
    consequences of non-repair
  • make general recommendations in respect of the priority and likely timescale for
    necessary work and

Where an RICS member feels unable to reach the necessary conclusions with reasonable confidence, they should refer the matter for further investigations. However, at Survey Level 3 such referrals should be the exception rather than the rule. A Survey Level 3 report should aim to provide the client with all the information they need to make a decision. This level of service will suit any domestic residential property in any condition depending on the competence and experience of the RICS member.

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If you require other professional services, we can probably help!

Contact us if you need a Chartered Structural Engineer, Planning Consultant, Rural/Agricultural Surveyor, Land Surveyor, Architect, Property Lawyer, Estate Agent (Residential or Commercial) or Letting Agent.

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Edwards Genesis have a formal Complaints Handling Procedure in accordance with the Regulations of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
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