Home Surveys

Which survey is right for you?

A house survey can seem like an extra cost at an expensive time but by choosing not to get a survey you are taking a large and unnecessary risk. Your new house is likely to be one of your biggest purchases so it makes sense to know exactly what you are buying.  Most properties need some repairs but being aware of the extent of these can help you budget and save you from unexpected costs and disruptive works. A property survey will also let you know when a house just isn’t worth it and you should walk away.

Our reports are tailored to each property. Unlike many surveyors, we don’t use generic survey writing software as we believe individually prepared reports are considerably more beneficial to our clients and the feedback we receive supports this.

Choosing the right survey to meet your needs, knowledge and experience is essential and the information below explains more about the range of house surveys we offer. We like to ensure our surveys match our clients’ expectations so if you are unsure which report you require, please contact us and a surveyor will guide you.

  • RICS Condition Report
  • RICS HomeBuyer Report
  • RICS Building Survey
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The RICS Condition Report is the most basic survey in the range. It provides a clear and concise statement on the condition of each element of the property and details any legal issues for your solicitor to investigate. The inspection is shorter and less detailed than for other house surveys and no advice is included in the report.

The RICS Condition Report is most suitable for newer properties and purchasers with significant experience of property.

The RICS Condition Report follows a standard format with a paragraph on each element of the property under the sections ‘Outside the Property’, ‘Inside the Property’, ‘Services’ and ‘Grounds’. Each element is given a Condition Rating to indicate areas of particular concern and highlight where remedial works are required. Issues for your solicitor to investigate are detailed. Photos are not included and no comment is made on the local area and environment. A valuation is not included as standard in a Condition Report but this can be provided on request for an extra cost.

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The RICS HomeBuyer Report is our most popular house survey and is suited to the majority of properties and purchasers. The RICS HomeBuyer Report includes statements on the construction and condition of each element of the property and provides advice on necessary works and further investigations. We include a large number of photographs in each survey to help illustrate our findings. The detailed survey inspection increases the chance of defects being uncovered and a valuation of the property is given as standard.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is suitable for most properties and purchasers and is the most popular survey among our clients.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report follows a standard format with a paragraph on each element of the property under the sections ‘Outside the Property’, ‘Inside the Property’, ‘Services’ and ‘Grounds’. Advice is given on remedial works and further specialist investigations that are required. Each element is given a Condition Rating to indicate areas of particular concern and highlight where remedial works are required. Issues for your solicitor to investigate are detailed. Photos are included and comment is made on the local area and environment. A valuation and insurance figure are included as standard.

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The RICS Building Survey involves a longer and more detailed inspection than for other types of surveys and services are observed in normal operation. The Building Survey report provides more comprehensive technical information and advice than the other survey reports and includes sections on safety, security and energy efficiency of the property. Repairs works are listed and costings given where agreed with the surveyor.

The RICS Building Survey is most suitable for very old or unusual properties. You should be aware that the Building Survey inspection is limited by the same constraints as inspections for other survey types such as floor finishes, heavy furnishings and wall coverings and there will always be some things the surveyor can’t see. Some properties do require a Building Survey but generally, our clients find that the Building Survey contains more technical information than they require and the HomeBuyer Report offers better value for money. However if you do feel a Building Survey would be the most suitable report for you and the property you are purchasing, please contact us.

The RICS Building Survey follows a standard format with a paragraph on each element of the property under the sections ‘Outside the Property’, ‘Inside the Property’, ‘Services’ and ‘Grounds’. Advice is given on necessary remedial works and potential issues. Each element is given a Condition Rating to indicate areas of particular concern and highlight where remedial works are required. Repair works are listed and costings given where agreed in advance with the surveyor. Issues for your solicitor to investigate are detailed. Photos are included and comment is made on the local area, environment, security, safety and energy efficiency. A valuation is not included as standard but can be provided at an extra cost.

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