We understand that purchasing property is one of the biggest financial commitments you may ever make, so our professional survey service gives you peace of mind about the condition and value before you commit.

With experience gained over many years, our surveyors provide you with a comprehensive report on the property you are looking to purchase. We can provide a range of surveys and valuations on a range of properties, quickly and effectively.

An RICS survey (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) is available at three levels, with each being different in detail and price. The one that will be suitable for your property will reflect the condition of the property you are looking to buy.

RICS Home Survey - Level 1

This is suitable for buying or selling a conventional house, flat, or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition.

The report gives you:

  • 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

Note: 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.

RICS Home Survey - Level 2 (survey only)

This is suitable for more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat, or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition.

The Report gives focus 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.

RICS Home Survey - Level 2 (survey and valuation)

This report is as per the above survey but also 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

RICS Home Survey - Level 3

The report will be suitable if dealing with a large, older, or rundown property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you are planning major works. It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives details information about the structure and fabric of the property. This would include:

  • a detailed visual inspection of the building, its services, and the grounds and is more extensive than a survey level 2
  • 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

Note: this 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. 

  • describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects in areas not inspected 
  • propose the most probable cause 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 
  • make general recommendations in respect of the priority and likely timescale for necessary work.

Tip: A building survey does not include a valuation, but the surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.

 

 

Source: https://www.rics.org/uk/

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