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RICS Building Survey
Formerly known as 'Full Structural Surveys', these premium home surveys provide a very detailed description of a building’s construction and condition. Ideal for period properties, run-down buildings that you plan to renovate or convert, or those that have already been extensively altered.
Building Surveys allow the surveyor to express extensive advice (including suggested solutions), and are typically at least 20 pages long and illustrated with photos of defects. Essential for most older properties (before about 1880), thatched cottages, very large homes with 5 or more bedrooms, and for buildings of non-conventional construction.
As well as covering all urgent and significant defects, a Building Survey will report on a wide range of less serious issues with maintenance implications.
A valuation is not normally included unless requested, and estimated costs of repairs can sometimes also be provided as an option. Carried out by a qualified MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor who will be happy to talk you through the report's findings and discuss any queries you may have afterwards. > Quote me
RICS Homebuyer Survey
This is the most popular type of home survey, suitable for the vast majority of houses and flats built since the late Victorian period. The inspection covers the whole property inside and out, from the loft down to the drains (where accessible) and is written on a specially designed RICS report, typically about 10 to 12 pages long.
A simple red / orange / green 'traffic light' summary makes it easy to read with each part of the building allocated a 'Condition Rating' of 1, 2 or 3. A HomeBuyer Report (HBR) will cover all significant defects – in fact anything that could materially affect the value. It also alerts you to future maintenance problems. The report can include a valuation and insurance calculation if required.
Carried out by a qualified MRICS or FRICS chartered surveyor. Depending on the property, a typical HBR might cost roughly 60% of the price of an equivalent Building Survey. Not normally suitable for older period buildings (ie those built before 1880), unusually large houses, rambling mansions, or properties in need of extensive renovation. > Quote me
This is the simplest type of property inspection. A market valuation report from a chartered surveyor is recognised as having legal status, unlike those produced by unqualified estate agents. However inspections for valuation purposes are relatively limited, only commenting on any obvious defects that have a major bearing on value. The prices quoted are for a standard valuation report of 2 or 3 pages normally including a professionally calculated BCIS rebuild cost insurance valuation. Ideal for use in tax and matrimonial cases, or for redeeming ‘Help To Buy’ shared equity loans.
Where any specific additional work is required (e.g. for use in court proceedings or where expert witness work is anticipated) please complete the quotation form as normal, then discuss your precise requirements with your chosen surveyor in advance of them visiting the property. In all cases, our valuation figures are carefully researched and calculated with reference to at least 3 recent local sales of comparable properties. > Quote me
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Home Condition Reports
Scottish Home Report / Single Survey
Listed Building / Historic Property Surveys
Structural Engineer’s Reports
Building Regulations Consultants
Party Wall Surveyors
Different homes require different surveys. This video explains which surveys the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend for each property type:-