Which Survey?

Surveys are a kind of ‘health check’ for buildings. If you’re buying a property, you should have a survey done before you enter into a contract. We will be able to discuss any particular concerns you might have in more detail and help you decide which type of survey is right for you.

In terms of pre-purchase surveys of residential property there are two main types of survey, an RICS Homebuyer Service and a Building Survey. We also now offer the RICS Condition Report service.

RICS Homebuyer Service

• A survey completed to a standard format set out by the RICS
• Most suitable for properties built within the last 100 years which are in reasonable condition.
• Focuses on urgent matters
• Not usually suitable for properties in need of renovation or if you’re planning major alterations.

Includes:

• General condition of property
• Any major faults that may affect the value
• Any urgent problems that need inspecting by a specialist before you sign a contract
• Results of tests for damp in walls
• Damage to timbers
• The condition of any damp-proofing, insulation and drainage
• Estimated costs of rebuilding the property for insurance purposes
• The value of the property on the open market.

Building Survey

• A building Survey is a comprehensive inspection of a property reported in a style to suit the property and your specific requirements.
• Suitable for all properties, especially listed buildings, older properties, buildings constructed in an unusual way, properties with extensive alterations and properties you plan to renovate or alter
• It examines all accessible parts of the property and you can ask to have specific areas included
• A Building Survey doesn’t include a valuation, but we can provide this separately if you need one.
• Can be tailored to your individual needs

Includes:

• Major and minor defects and what they could mean
• The possible cost of repairs
• Results of damp testing on walls
• Damage to timbers – including woodworm and rot
• The condition of damp-proofing, insulation and drainage
• Technical information on the construction of the property and the materials used
• The location
• Recommendations for any further special inspections.

Condition Report:

• A survey completed to a standard format set out by the RICS
• Most suitable for properties built within the last 100 years which are in reasonable condition.
• Focuses on urgent matters
• Not usually suitable for properties in need of renovation or if you’re planning major alterations.

Includes:

• General condition of property
• Any major faults that may effect the value
• Any urgent problems that need inspecting by a specialist before you sign a contracts
• Results of tests for damp in walls
• Damage to timbers
• The condition of any damp-proofing and insulation
• Head and shoulders only inspection of the roof space