The number one choice in Yorkshire and the Humber for building surveys, home condition reports, valuations, and expert building defect investigation. We are a highly respected family run firm of Chartered Surveyors and Registered Valuers who bring a welcome breath of fresh air and simplicity to the complicated world of property.

We possess all the necessary qualifications, skills, and depth of knowledge to stop you getting any nasty surprises if you’re buying a property. Our Home Buyer Reports deal with the nitty-gritty of the purchase itself by identifying problematic areas, be the source of solutions and importantly save you money, time, and future issues. For example, after a purchase the average cost of repairs for the new owners of a property that has not been surveyed is a staggering £5,750!

We also have vast experience of providing gold standard property reports for virtually any requirement including (but not limited to) party wall agreements, homes in multiple occupancy, fire risk assessment, legionella risk assessment, insurance claims, expert witness advice, litigation support, and technical arbitration.

Since establishing our fully insured and regulated practice in 2012 we have created a team of nice, bright, and in some cases award winning property experts. We pride ourselves on our outstanding ethical values and fully accountable standards which have been recognised by our peers and are now used as a benchmark of quality within the industry.

So, why choose MY NEST Building Surveys and Valuations?

• Fully qualified, insured and regulated local surveyors equipped with the latest technology.
• Swift service…we aim to deliver all reports within 5 working days.
• Our team has accrued many years of expert knowledge and experience.
• Friendly, helpful, and efficient administration team.
• Excellent customer feedback.
• Competitive prices.

To find out more about what we can do for you, click or tap on the type of service listed below that best matches what you are looking for. Then, when you’re ready to book an appointment, or would like to speak to us, call 01134 400 800 or email: info@mynest.online. We promise there will be no hard sell, only good advice from a professional surveyor with no hidden agenda.

Surveys

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs);

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If you are about to place a property on the market , you will first need an official Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required by law whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. An EPC must be in place before a property is marketed for sale or rent and contains information about the property’s energy efficiency with recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. Our Domestic Energy Assessors are fully qualified to issue EPCs for all purposes including the Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO).

Prices start at only £40 fully inclusive for studios and one bedroomed properties and then £10 per bedroom thereafter.

If you require an EPC quickly we offer a sameday or next day guaranteed service if required.

For an example click here Sample of an EPC

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Surveyors and Valuers Accreditation (SAVA) Home Condition Survey;

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Despite the fact that a property is likely to be your most valuable purchase and asset, the vast majority of a properties that are purchased do not benefit from an independent survey, which can (and does) result in unexpected and expensive works following completion of the purchase. Many buyers are misguided and only rely on the valuation report commissioned by mortgage providers which is very basic and is only designed to satisfy the financial considerations of the lender. This is where we are able to help you stop making what could be a very costly mistake. We specialise in Home Condition Reports which contains information about services, roofs and high-level areas etc. For a number of reasons the SAVA Home Condition Survey is by far the most popular report we provide.

Click here to see an example of our SAVA Home Condition Survey or visit: Home Condition Survey Video
As we are completely independent our reports are solely for your benefit and are always a true and honest appraisal of the property.

Our comprehensive Home Condition Report includes:

  • A detailed overall report on the property.
  • An accurate and up to date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
  • A detailed report on the structural condition of the property.
  • A list of potential defects and if further investigations and repairs are required.
  • An overview of the property’s services and recommends further investigation if required.
  • Identifies future structural risks.
  • Any matters of concern that your legal advisors may need to address.
  • Security survey
  • A minimum sum that needs to be insured for rebuilding costs in the event of loss.
  • Details any other circumstances that may affect your enjoyment of the property.

This survey is an absolute must if you are wanting piece of mind when purchasing a home and costs as little as £349.00 fully inclusive.

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Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Home Buyers Report;

RICS HomeBuyer Report will give you information on the condition of your property and advice to your Solicitor. What the RICS HomeBuyer Report has in addition to the RICS Condition Report is our professional advice on the issues that may affect the value of your property, plus a market valuation and insurance reinstatement cost. There will also be a dedicated section to provide advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance requirements.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report uses a red, amber, green colour coding system, so as with most things in life, lots of red means be warned. Examples of defects the RICS HomeBuyer Report may pick up include damp, timber and structural movement, and concerns regarding the grounds.

three redDefects that are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.
two amberDefects that need repairing or replacing but are not considered to be either serious or urgent. The property must be maintained in the normal way.
one greenNo repair is currently needed. The property must be maintained in the normal way.

Examples of defects the RICS HomeBuyer Report may pick up include damp, timber and structural movement, and concerns regarding the grounds.

A. Introduction to the report
B. About the inspection
C. Summary of the condition of the condition ratings
D. About the property
E. Outside the property
F. Inside the property
G. Services
H. Grounds
I. Issues for your legal advisors
J. Risks
K. Current valuation and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
L. Surveyors declaration

Is the RICS HomeBuyer Report for me?

This report is perfect for providing you with detailed information on the most urgent or serious issues with your potential purchase. When you receive your RICS HomeBuyer Report the potential defects of your property will be highlighted, so this means you’ll be able to judge the value of your purchase in line with any budget you may need for future works.

Investing in a RICS HomeBuyer Report, before purchasing your home, will help you predict any future maintenance expenditure, repair or restoration costs.

Book a RICS Home Buyers Report from only £399.00 fully inclusive – click here for a sample RICS Homebuyer Report

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Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Building Survey;

The RICS Building Survey, also known as a structural survey, is the supreme surveying report. When choosing this report you will receive comprehensive structural report and property inspection. Your Building Survey will outline all the potential problems with your purchase, a description of all the defects, a list of repair options and details of any serious and dangerous risks.

When you purchase a RICS Building Survey your report will tell you how your property has been built, which materials have been used and their expected performance for the future. All visible defects will be reported along with highlighting serious flaws and problems from hidden defects. For every concern raised you will receive all the repair options available to you, likely timelines for repairs and the consequences of not acting to help you make an informed decision. It may be necessary to obtain further specialist advice and your report will make recommendations when this is the case.

If you are planning to purchase a property that’s older, run-down or a building that has been altered then this is the report for you. If you’ve got plans to alter the structure of the property in any way or you’re making a substantial investment then this report will give you peace of mind by offering the fullest possible professional advice on every area of your property.

Book a RICS Building Survey from only £499.00 fully inclusive – click here for a sample RICS Building Survey

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Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Condition Report;

Mortgage Valuations are not the same as surveys. The RICS Condition Report will give you a clear and concise “snap shot” of the condition of your potential purchase on the date of inspection. This is your report, prepared independently for you and not your Lender.

The RICS Condition Report is a survey report which includes an inspection of your home, and there is also a section which provides you with advice for your Solicitors and a clear summary of the key risks associated with the purchase.

The report uses the red, amber, green colour coding system to rate individual elements of the property and highlight any areas of concern. The report covers all aspects of the property, risks and legal considerations. The RICS Condition Report will provide you with an overview that will help you understand the construction of the property you are buying, any serious problems needing attention, and any areas of further investigations that need to be undertaken prior to commitment to purchase.

This new product has been developed to offer you an interim report that is more than your Lender’s mortgage valuation, but less than a RICS HomeBuyer Report. We know that times are tough at the moment and that buying a new home is an expensive business. But we also believe that the investment you make in properly surveying your home now is one that will pay dividends in the future.

Book a RICS Condition Report from as little as £249.00 fully inclusive – click here for a sample RICS Home Condition Report

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Asbestos Management Surveys;

Dangerous asbestos building materials were extensively used in house and garage construction throughout the 50’s 60’s 70’s and 80’s until its use was banned completely in 1999.

In most cases, asbestos is often best left alone but it does depend on the type and position of the asbestos. Disturbing asbestos by cutting, drilling, and sanding is particularly dangerous and should be avoided. Health risk problems can occur when undertaking DIY tasks or when engaging builders to carry out modifications and extensions to existing buildings.

Although not a statutory requirement, we advise that before completing the purchase of an older property or flat an asbestos management survey is undertaken to identify any asbestos materials that may be present. This does become a statutory requirement if it’s a common area of flats which is suspected of having asbestos materials.

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Flood Risk Assessments;

A flood risk assessment is a requirement of all planning applications for major developments in areas at risk of flooding from rivers and water courses (fluvial). A flood risk assessment may also be requested by the planners for proposed sites in low risk areas where there may be a threat of flooding from another source, e.g. surface rain water (pluvial).

We provide a range of assessment levels based upon the location of the site, which flood zone the site is in, the nature of the development, and the complexity of the flood risk involved. We also offer a basic flood risk assessment for buyers of existing houses where there could be a risk of flooding.

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Professional Valuations;

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If you are thinking of selling your property independently we can give you a market valuation and if you wish to you can advertise it on our website. We are also able to help with taxation valuations as well as retrospective valuations. We provide accurate and time sensitive assessments for all types of lending institutions, private and corporate clients, pension scheme trustees, SIPP and SSAS providers, loss adjusters, solicitors, and accountants.

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Damp Surveys;

Damp and damp proofing are without doubt some of the most frequent problems encountered by home owners. Each year, a typical home has to deal with an average of 25,000 gallons of rain water – it comes then as surprise that damp proofing and damp are a major headache for many householders. Damp can also prove to be an ideal breeding ground for mites and black spot mould which has been scientifically proven to aggravated respiratory health problems such as asthma. The effects of damp can also make a property cold, smelly, and unappealing to live in.

Our damp surveys will identify the presence of any damp and recommend the most effective treatment and solution to eradicate the problem.

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Woodworm Surveys;

Woodworm is a wood-boring insect or beetle attack that can cause structural damage and is unsightly. There are a number of wood boring insects and beetles that attack the timber in properties. The life cycle of the wood boring beetle is normally always near completion before most property owners are even aware they have a problem. After mating the female beetle will lay her eggs into cracks and on the rough surfaces of the structural timbers, which will then hatch and begin tunnelling into the timber. The number of eggs and larvae will vary according to the species. Larvae will pupate and after and after several weeks the adult beetles will develop and commence boring their way out of the timber mate. Having mated the female wood beetle will again lay her eggs on the timber and the life cycle starts all over again.

Our woodworm survey will identify any woodworm problems and recommend the most effective treatment and solutions to eradicate the infestation.

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Dry Rot Surveys;

Dry rot is becoming an increasingly widespread concern for homeowners across the UK, standing as the most common cause of timber damage in domestic properties. More than just being a hazard to your home, if not treated dry rot can also represent a danger to the health of you and your loved ones. What makes dry rot the most serious wood rotting fungi, is that it has the ability to travel through building materials, potentially dispersing extensively through the whole of your home. Dry rot is a harmful and damaging process that breaks down structural timber causing a lack of strength and could ultimately result in the failing of a properties shape and strength. There are a number of areas to look out for dry rot with the most common places being concealed damp areas. These can stem from a range of sources including water leaks, both internal and external, from drainpipes, rainwater penetrating through roofs or the failing of a damp proof course.

Our dry rot surveyor will access any difficult to reach areas in order to identify the presence of dry rot and recommend suitable measures to eradicate the problem.

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Radon Gas Surveys;

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released through the decay of uranium which is present to some degree in all soils and rock. The amount of gas released varies greatly depending on where you live in the UK and is more likely to be found in areas where the geology features concentrations of granite and limestone. We all breathe in radon to some extent and it accounts for half of the radiation dosage each of us receives.

Our surveys test for the presence of radon and will recommend measures to reduce levels of the gas using a variety of methods.

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Legionella Risk Assessments;

Landlords of residential accommodation have legal responsibilities for combatting Legionnaires Disease. Health and Safety legislation requires that landlords carry out risk assessments for the Legionella bacteria which causes Legionnaires’ Disease and thereafter maintain control measures to minimise risk. Most rented properties will be low risk but it is important that risk assessments are carried out and control measures introduced. We can undertake regular risk assessments and compile a property log book to satisfy the Health and Safety Executive.

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Subsidence Investigation Surveys;

Since 1971 subsidence cover has been included within residential buildings insurance policies. Subsidence as defined within the terms of an insurance policy is usually downward movement of a property associated with heave, landslip and water damage (typically leakage from below ground drainage or water supply services). Ground and foundation movement and the associated damage brought about by these are what can affect the structure of a building and is typified by stepped diagonal cracking, often around door and window openings. However, depending on the structure and extent of the movement other patterns of damage can manifest.

This is, of course, by no means the only principle cause, nor the only possible cause of subsidence damage, problems occurring through major foundation movement can also be due to other causes. For example, there may be adverse groundwater affects on loose or granular / sandy soils, damage can occur through landslip or retaining wall failure. There may be subsidence due to the property being in a mining area, collapse and movement can happen due to solution features in chalk or due to settlement or failure of made-up ground.

Our structural engineers regularly advise insurers and loss adjusters on all aspects of subsidence, including the initial appraisal and investigation. We follow this up with recommendations for the design and control of any remedial measures.

We can survey the affected property and issue a report which will include:

  • An overview of the property and site.
  • Site plan.
  • Circumstances of the damage.
  • Detailed description of the damage and its’ severity.
  • The definitive cause of the subsidence damage.
  • Further recommendations for investigations, mitigation and repair.

The majority of domestic insurance policies cover subsidence related damage and our reports are tailored for submission to your individual insurer.

In addition to the above we can also provide the following:

  • Arrange and report of factual site investigations.
  • Arrange and report on arboreal investigations.
  • Specify the works required, including a compilation of a schedule of repairs.
  • Arrange for the undertaking of the specified repairs
  • Project management of private or insurance company appointed contractors.

The cost for a professionally produced insurance subsidence survey and report starts at only £250 and may well be covered by any subsequent insurance claim.

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Renewable Energy Surveys;

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  • Solar panels (PV & thermal)
  • Heat pumps (Ground source & air source)
  • Biomass boilers
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Greywater recycling

If you are looking to install a renewable energy system our technical surveyors can give you an in depth viability report of all the systems that would be suitable for your property and if you qualify for any Government financial incentives. Once you have decided which system (s) you are going to install you can then use this report to negotiate with installers and get the best deal available.

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Bat Surveys;

As their natural habitats recede, many bats have taken to roosting in houses and building development projects to try to keep warm and dry. Bats native to Britain are small and prefer to live in roof voids or the tight spaces in the attic space and between window frames.

Attempting to capture, injure or kill a bat is a criminal offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1989). If you are planning to undertake any building works that you think may disturb a bat roost then you need a scoping survey and risk assessment before any works begin. We work with some of the best licenced ecologists in the UK to solve this difficult problem.

The presence of bats does not pose a risk to the structure of your property as they don’t build nests or chew through wood, wire or insulation as some more destructive animals will. There’s no known health risks associated with their droppings and generally speaking they are very clean animals. Bats are also seasonal visitors and are unlikely to live in your roof all year round, but may return year after year.

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Thermographic Surveys;

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Many homes lose heat through thermal bridges, poorly installed, damaged or missing insulation in the ceilings, walls and wall-ceiling junctions. Increased external wall and roof temperatures show where heat is leaking from and where the potential is for improvement.

Our non – intrusive thermographic survey will identify any temperature variations from using a thermal imaging camera that sees heat instead of light. It shows heat loss from a building as spectrum of colour, white being the hottest part of a building moving down to red, then blue and black is the coldest. Your report will come with a detailed advice about to improve the energy of your home and how to solve any damp issues created by cold surfaces.

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Other services

Schedule Of Works;

A schedule of works (also known as a Construction Phase Plan) is a document detailing all works required to complete a building project and allows for the pricing by contractors. The schedule of works forms the main content of the tenders issued to contractors for competitive quotation.

When considering works, be it due to essential repairs following subsidence, fire, flood or impact damage or your property requires renovations, a schedule of works is recommended. This will ensure that the scope and type of repair is correctly specified and removes all ambiguity when contractors are asked to submit quotations.

We can provide a schedule of works for all types of building projects large or small which will comply with all current health and safety legislation including CDM 2016.

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Project Management;

House and moneyEmbarking on a construction project, be it due to essential repairs following subsidence, fire, flood or impact damage or extension or renovation of your property can be a daunting prospect. We can fully project manage the works from concept to completion to ensure a stress free economical, fully compliant, and timely project.

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Fire And Flood Restoration;

Although we recommend that with all fire, impact and flood damage, your first call should be to the property insurers, we can assist with you if your property has been damaged by fire, impact or flood.

Fire, impact and flood damage can be devastating and can often result in damage that is not immediately apparent.

If you are in this situation we can offer:

  • Initial assessment of the building and report for insurers.
  • Arrange for any necessary temporary works, such as boarding, pumping out or propping.
  • Specification and schedule of works.
  • Issuing and assessment of competitive tender documents.
  • Full project management and supervision of the repair work.

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New Build And Extensions;

Thinking of building a new property or extending an existing one? Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry we are here to help.

We offer a full service from concept to completion including:

  • Initial assessment of the building/plot.
  • Provision of construction plans.
  • Planning applications and building regulation requirements.
  • Specifications and schedule of works.
  • Issuing and assessment of competitive tender documents
  • Full project management

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Boundary Dispute Advice And Representation Including Hyper-accurate Plans;

Boundary disputes are an extremely complex area of law. Many people seem to think that the boundary between theirs and the neighbouring property runs in a straight line down the middle of the land and is the same as the Land Registry plans. However, this is mostly not the case. If you are having problems relating to a boundary (including party walls) give our specialist Neighbour Dispute team a call and discuss your case one of our boundary law experts.

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Rent Reviews And Dispute Resolution Including Tenancy Deposit Disputes;

We have extensive experience of rent reviews and dispute resolution for both landlords and tenants. We also have successfully helped in a number of cases where the deposit refund has been in dispute. Whether you are a tenant or landlord we can help with all types of dispute.

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Residential Service Charge Management;

Our specialist residential service charge management services range from management companies comprising of small bodies of flats dealing with common area servicing, maintenance and insurance, through to large residential estates where private roads, sewers, lighting and landscaping is controlled by the management company.

Our residential service charge management service encompasses:

  • Advice on the initial services to be included is a service charge and advising on the structure of any legal documentation.
  • Acting as company secretary to any management company formed to deal with all company administration.
  • Organisation and supervision of services to be provided with private and statutory providers.
  • Preparation of service charge budgets.
  • Collection of service charges which are then held in a fully protected individual client account.
  • Co-ordinating Annual General Meetings and liaising with residents committees.
  • Co-ordinating long term maintenance (reactive and planned) plans and policies.
  • Handling disputes within management companies as they arise.
  • Creating secure websites for each management company

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Expert Witness Reports And Evidence;

If you are looking to take legal action for example, against a builder who has done substandard work or you have been misled when buying a renewable energy system then we may be able to help.

An expert witness or professional witness is a witness, who by virtue of education, training, skill, or experience, is believed to have expertise and specialised knowledge in a particular subject beyond that of the average person. An expert witness may be jointly instructed by both sides if all the parties agree to this, especially in cases where liability is relatively small.

Our experts have sufficient expertise in a wide range of property matters to prepare independent reports for the courts and advise clients about their rights. Call us to discuss your case.

Contact info

YORK OFFICE:
Unit 4B, Chessingham Park,
York,
YO19 5SE

LEEDS OFFICE:
Unit 15, Spring Valley Business Court,
Leeds,
LS13 4TT.

Call: 01134 400 800 – 8am to 9pm 7 days a week.

Emails:
General enquiries: info@mynest.online
Survey department: surveys@mynest.online
Valuation department: valuations@mynest.online
Property sales: sales@mynest.online

MY NEST Building Surveys and Valuations Ltd.

Company Registration Number: 07928845

VAT Registration Number: GB 224 841 026

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Home Condition Report:
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