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,
the type of surveys we offer are:
RICS Home Survey – Level 1
RICS Home Survey – Level 2 (Survey Only)
RICS Home Survey – Level 2 (Survey & Valuation)
RICS Home Survey – Level 3

The RICS Home Survey – Level 1

Choose this report if you’re buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. This service includes:

• a visual inspection that is less comprehensive than the RICS Home Survey – Level 2 and the RICS Home Survey – Level 3
• clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, and the grounds, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention
• a summary of risks to the building, people and grounds.
•an assessment of the relative importance of the defects and problems. No tests of the building fabric or services are undertaken.an assessment of the relative importance of the defects and problems.No tests of the building fabric or services are undertaken.

The RICS Home Survey – Level 1 does not include advice on repairs or ongoing
maintenance and it does not include a valuation.

The RICS Home Survey – Level 2(survey only)

Choose this report if you need more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. The focus is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of a property. This intermediate level of service includes a more extensive visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds, but still without tests. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars). The report objectively describes the condition of the different elements and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems.

The RICS Home Survey – Level 2(survey and valuation)

Similar to the RICS Home Survey – Level 2 above but includes:
•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.

The RICS Home Survey – Level 3

Choose this report if 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. This service includes:
• a detailed visual inspection of the building, its services and the grounds and is more extensive than a survey level two
• Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars)
• Although the services are not tested, they are observed in normal operation – in other words, they are switched on or off and/or operated where the occupier has given permission and it is safe to do so.
The report objectively describes the form of construction and materials used for different parts of the property. It describes the condition and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. Additionally, it should:
•describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects in areas not inspected
• propose the most probable cause(s) of the defects based on the inspection
• outline the likely scope of any appropriate remedial work and explain the likely consequences of non-repair; and damage
•make general recommendations in respect of the priority and likely timescale for necessary work.
The surveyor may also be able to provide an estimate of costs for identified repairs if
agreed with you in advance.