We generally recommend that the survey is carried out after we have received the contracts from the solicitor for the seller. This is because the contracts will usually be accompanied by maps and planning documentation which will be of assistance to the surveyor. If you wait until we have all of these together you may save time and money as otherwise your engineer may have to go to the property twice, once to survey the structure and again to check that the boundaries correspond with the title maps, etc.
Unfortunately, it frequently happens that purchasers find themselves under pressure to carry out an early structural survey even though neither the contract map nor planning documents are available due to delay on the seller’s side. If that is the case you may have little choice but to go ahead and ask the surveyor to later finalise his mapping and planning checks.