Home Surveys Jargon-buster
Common home surveying words and phrases
At GB Home Surveys, we always try to create our home survey reports and give out advice in plain English, so it is easy to understand. However, there are some surveying terms, words or phrases we use which may have you reaching for the dictionary. So, in a bid to keep things simple, here is a handy home surveys jargon–buster featuring some of the most common words and phrases you might hear.
A building or structural survey carried out before buying the freehold or leasehold of a property.
A clause used in tenancy agreements that give tenants or the landlord the right to bring a lease to an end midway way through the agreed term.
Building Cost Information Services
A database used to determine budget costs.
A full survey of the property, including its construction and structural condition.
Similar to an acquisition survey, but used where the property is not for sale, but the owners want a valuation, assess its condition, or discover if any repair works are need.
Sometimes used to define defects to the property, including their cause and recommended repairs.
Energy Performance Certificate
An assessment of the price a property should achieve on the open market.
A shared wall or structure built on – or adjacent to – one of the property’s boundaries.
Programme of Planned Maintenance
A schedule of recommended maintenance for a property, including budget costs, to help keep it in good repair.
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Survey looking at the structural elements of the property and its structural condition.
A survey report prepared on behalf of the person selling the property, to help speed-up or streamline the selling process.