professional surveys/valuations

What is RICS?

RICS – The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – is the pre-eminent organisation of its kind in the world.

RICS members offer the very best advice on a surprisingly diverse range of land, property, construction and related environmental issues.

The RICS help to set, maintain and regulate standards. They also provide impartial advice to governments and policy-makers.

All of the advantages of our surveying expertise and our marketing experience together with our high technology based administration facilities are at the disposal of our clients.


What is a Survey?

Surveys are a kind of ‘health check’ for buildings. If you’re buying a property, you should have a survey done before you enter into a contract.

A survey can actually save you money. If there are serious problems, you can often re-negotiate the sale price of the property to reflect the cost of necessary repairs – or you may even decide you don’t want to buy it at all.

Your surveyor will report on all the parts of the property they can easily reach. They don’t inspect under carpets or furniture, and they don’t test the water supply or wiring – though they’ll comment on their condition.

Our experienced surveyor, William Smith, the company principle, offers a highly knowledgeable and efficient surveying service at very competitive rates.

William Smith is a qualified Chartered Surveyor who lives locally with over 30 years worth of experience of the local property market.


Surveys undertaken by McManus and Poole include:

  • Inspections and Mortgage Valuations for Mortgage Lenders.
  • Homebuyer Reports and Private Valuations for customers buying or selling a property.


Other professional valuations/work undertaken by McManus and Poole include:

  • Valuations for Tax Planning purposes (Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax).
  • Valuations for Legal Purposes (Matrimonial).
  • Private Valuations
  • Building Defects Reports
  • Condition reports
  • Rent reviews on commercial property
  • Land Dispute Services; including party wall dispute resolution.


Homebuyer Reports

A Homebuyer’s Report is a survey completed to a standard format set out by RICS – it’s most suitable for conventional properties built within the last 150 years, which are in reasonable condition.

It doesn’t detail every aspect of the property, and only focuses on urgent matters needing attention. It’s not usually suitable for properties in need of renovation, or if you’re planning major alterations.

An HSV includes details of:

  • The general condition of the property
  • Any major faults in accessible parts of the building that may affect the value
  • Any urgent problems that need inspecting by a specialist before you sign a contract
  • Results of tests for damp in the walls
  • Damage to timbers – including woodworm or rot
  • The condition of any damp-proofing, insulation and drainage (though drains aren’t tested)
  • The estimated cost of rebuilding the property for insurance purposes
  • The value of the property on the open market.


If you would like to enquire about or book a survey please contact our surveyor at our Keighley office on 01535 603747 or fill in your details in the boxes below to email our surveyor.

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