James Wright Chartered Building Surveyor - Chartered Surveying in Belfast


Residential and Commercial Services

Building Surveys

The Building Survey is the highest level of survey.  It includes a detailed inspection and comprehensive report on the construction and condition of a property.  It is recommended for properties that are older, unusually built or in a poor condition. This survey is also recommended for buyers purchasing a property that has previously been extended, altered or if they are planning to carry out major alterations.
The inspection and report will cover the following:

  • External- Roofs, chimneys, rainwater goods, walls, windows, doors and external joinery
  • Internally- Roof space, ceilings, internal walls and partitions, floors, internal joinery, damp & timber defects, structural defects, finishes, kitchen and bathrooms
  • Services- comments and observations on the electrical, plumbing and heating installations, drainage
  • Outside the property – grounds outbuildings, retaining walls and boundaries
  • Risks – Unauthorised building works, fire safety, health & safety, asbestos, radon, structural issues, flood information
  • Legal Matters-planning permission, building control, guarantees

An executive summary and recommendations are included at the beginning of the report. These summarise key issues for the client and their legal advisor. However it is still essential to read the full report. Photographs are included where relevant.
Reports are normally issued 5-7 working days after the inspection date in PDF format. Hard copies are available on request.

Please note this survey does not include a valuation.


This survey includes the same detailed inspection as the full building survey but with less descriptive detail in the report and less photographs. This option has been developed by us to bridge the gap between the standard Condition and Home Buyer’s Survey reports.
The report is recognised by legal advisors and homebuyers for being more informative as it provides a clear and concise report on the condition of the property. This report gets straight to the point as is ideal for clients who require less information such as experienced buyers or developers.
This report is ideal if you’re buying, selling or living in a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in good condition. However it can also be used for older properties if you require less descriptive detailed information.
Both of our survey options are comprehensive in their own capacity and, whichever option you choose, you will be able to make an informed decision on a perspective purchase.
James Wright Chartered Building Surveyor - Chartered Surveying in Belfast


Architectural Services

We can offer a bespoke service to suit any client’s needs. This can be a complete design service for residential and commercial clients, for works such as extensions, loft conversions, new build dwellings, office and shop fit outs or renovation projects.

If required, and depending on the complexity of the project, we can also engage a team of trusted professionals on your behalf, including –

  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Mechanical and Electrical engineers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Measured Survey Specialists
  • Structural Engineers
  • Planning Consultants
  • CDM Health & Safety Advisers
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Building Control & Planning Applications

We provide NI Planning and Building Control advice and design services including preparation and submission of all statutory application drawings, supporting documentation and pre-construction consultations.
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Defect Investigation & Analysis

Particularly prevalent for older properties and those using non-traditional construction methods, we report on specific defects such as timber decay, damp and water penetration, mould growth, structural cracking and other building defects.

Measured Surveys

Whether you are planning some major work or for record purposes we can carry out a measured survey of your property to produce scale drawings such as floorplans, sections, elevations and site plans. Drawings can be fully dimensioned and can be provided hard copy, digital and AutoCAD format.
James Wright Chartered Building Surveyor - Chartered Surveying in Belfast

Professional Consultants Certificates

These used to be known as an Architect’s Certificate, but are now known as the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) Professional Consultants Certificate (PCC).

Mortgage companies will usually lend on a new build property where the property is covered by a CML Professional Consultant Certificate. The CML Professional Consultant Certificate can be signed by a qualified consultant such as a Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and are ideal for self-build projects.

By signing the certificate the consultant confirms that he has visited the site at appropriate periods from the commencement and exercised reasonable skill and care to check generally progress and conformity with the drawings approved under the building regulations and that he/she will remain liable to the owner and any lenders for a minimum of six years.

The certificate will allow the self-builder to apply for stage payments on their mortgage at the agreed stages for example:

  • Stage 1: First floor brickwork and wall plate
  • Stage 2: Roofed in and tiled
  • Stage 3: Plastered out
  • Stage 4: Completion

The stages may vary depending on your lender.