When you’re planning a surveying project, it’s important to understand how long the work is likely to take. This allows you to plan your project and make sure that the work gets done at the right time.
We’ve prepared a sample timeline for your surveying project. In some cases, these times may be shorter or longer, but this is a general guide.
How long will a surveying project take?
Research stage: 1 week
It’s important to spend plenty of time looking for the right tradesperson for your project. During this stage, you’ll be requesting quotes from companies and doing research to pick the perfect one. If you choose to use our service, our companies will usually get in touch within 48 hours of you submitting your details online.
After you’ve located some surveyors, you’ll need to spend a few days getting quotes from them and picking the best one. If you’ve found them through our service, you can view reviews from their previous customers on their profile page. You’ll also need to double check that any surveyors you’re considering are RICS-accredited, as this is an industry requirement.
Inspection stage: 1-2 weeks
Once you’ve picked the right surveyor for you, you’ll need to book them to carry out the survey inspection. Depending on the surveyor you’ve picked, they may have a fairly long lead time if they are especially busy. If you require a survey urgently, you may be able to decrease this lead time, but this can be more expensive.
Different types of inspection can take different amounts of time. This time will also depend on the size of the property and if there are any particular issues that require attention:
- Bank Valuation Survey: 30 mins – 2 hours
- Homebuyer’s Survey: 2-6 hours
- Building/Structural Survey: 1 day, sometimes 2-3 days
Note that neither the Homebuyer’s Survey nor the Building Survey include a valuation. So if you need this, expect your inspection to last a little longer.
Typing up and receiving the survey: 1-2 weeks
Following the inspection, your surveyor will usually need 3-5 working days to draw conclusions and type up the survey. After this, it will be sent to you and the survey is complete. For Building Surveys on particularly large or old properties, it may take 5-10 working days to receive the survey.
Total time: 3-5 weeks
So now you have an idea of how long your surveying project will probably take. To get started with your project, simply fill out our quick form below. We’ll match you with up to 4 local surveyors so you can get quotes and pick the perfect professional for your project.