Below you’ll find some information about our service and to help you choose the right survey.
Why do you need an RICS Home Survey? Because forewarned is forearmed. Choosing the right survey will help highlight any serious problems and advise you of the specific risks before you commit to buying or selling a property.
RICS has three different levels of survey, they can only be conducted by an RICS qualified surveyor.
Reliable and cost effective, these reports carry the full weight of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – the industry’s most respected authority on surveying.
It’s important to remember that your mortgage lender’s valuation report is not a survey. Its purpose is to tell your lender whether the property is reasonable security for your loan.
An RICS survey is designed to tell you the condition of the property. This information can be invaluable during price negotiations, and will help you avoid expensive surprises after you’ve moved in.
You have the option of obtaining an RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey level 2) which includes a valuation for your own purposes.
An RICS survey can be an aid to selling your home. It will show you any problems that may delay your sale or cause price reductions later in the process.
A survey of the current condition of your home will warn you of defects and help you avoid escalating repair and maintenance costs in the future.
Choose this report if you’re buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition.
It focuses purely on the condition of the property with:
- clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention;
- a summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and
- advice on replacement parts guarantees, planning and control matters for your legal advisers.
An RICS Condition Report is straightforward and does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.
We can provide a detailed ‘Description of the RICS Condition Report Service’ leaflet.
Choose this report if you need more extensive information when buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition.
It costs more than the Condition Report as it includes:
- all the features in the Condition Report;
- a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the property;
- advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance;
- issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions;
- legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your purchase; and
- information on location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency (where available).
We can provide a detailed ‘Description of the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey) Service’ leaflet.
As the RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) and in addition:
- the surveyor’s professional opinion on the ‘market value’ of the property;
- an insurance reinstatement figure for the property;
- a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property;
We can provide a detailed ‘Description of the RICS HomeBuyer (Survey & Valuation) Service’ leaflet.
Choose the Building Survey (formerly known as a structural survey) if you’re dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works.
It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property.
The RICS Building Survey uses the same traffic light ratings as the Condition and HomeBuyer Reports and includes:
- a more thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues;
- a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws;
- an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity; and
- advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.
The RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation, but we can provide this as a separate extra service.
We can provide an estimate of costs for repairs if agreed with you in advance.
We can provide a detailed ‘Description of the RICS Building Survey Service’ leaflet.
At-a-glance survey comparisons
This table will help you choose the most appropriate survey, but if you have any particular requirements, remember to discuss them with your surveyor before they inspect the property. The surveyor may be able to provide you with extra services, under separate contracts.
Note: Extra services can be provided with all surveys but will require a separate contract.