RICS Condition, Homebuyers Report & Full Building Survey
There are different levels of survey that can be undertaken on any property and a brief description of these is provided below. Each level is dependant on a number of factors and you will need to choose which survey is right for you. If you are in doubt, feel free to give us a call.
London Based Chartered Surveyors
As a firm of Chartered Surveyors with the RICS, we are able to offer pre-purchase surveys that are split into three levels:
RICS Condition Report
A level 1 survey is called an RICS Condition Report which shows the condition of the property, offers guidance to legal advisors and highlights any urgent defects. Typically, the lowest priced of the surveys, it is aimed at conventional properties and newer homes.
A level 2 survey is called a HomeBuyer Report. This is the most common form of report and includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report but also includes advice on defects that may affect the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice. It is a well-rounded report that is suitable to many common property types.
A level 3 survey is called a Building Survey, often referred to as a Structural Survey however this is not strictly correct. The RICS states that a Building Survey is essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works. This most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property’s condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.
Further information on home surveys can be found on the RICS website.