RICS Home Surveys

Professional Building Surveys

Perfect properties are unusual which is why surveys are recommended to all property buyers, even if you are confident of its condition. Our surveys will:

  • Highlight any property, structural issues and avert a property disaster.
  • Outline likely future improvements should you decide to proceed.
  • Provide you with an insurance rebuild cost

There are two main types of Home / House Surveys both are easy to read and written in plain English. The survey you choose depends on a number of things such as the property itself, what you intend to do with the property, and the information you need to know or provide to any third party.

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What is a Major Defect Survey?

A Major Defect Survey is categorised by the RICS as a Level 2 survey. This type of survey is the most popular report for buyers and is suitable for most modern properties, or a standard older building in a reasonable condition of conventional construction.

It is a more compact report than a Building Survey focusing on serious defects requiring urgent attention and other maintenance, besides advising whether the property is in a reasonable condition for its type, location and condition.

The results will give advice on any defects that may affect the value of the property, along with recommendations for repairs and ongoing maintenance.

It includes, in plain English, a description of the construction of the building and detailed advice on specific defects. The survey will also provide you with an Insurance Rebuild Cost for the property.

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What is a RICS Building Survey?

A Building Survey is the flagship service, categorised by the RICS as a Level 3 survey i.e. the most detailed type of survey available. Previously referred to as a full structural survey this is one step up from a Major Defect Survey.

It is a detailed, thorough review of the condition of the property which describes the visible defects as well as considers potential problems caused by hidden flaws, diagnosis of defects, and repairs and maintenance advice.

Where this report differs is it will describe the individual element of the structure of the building and evaluate its condition giving detailed advice on maintenance where appropriate and remedy where defects are identified. Estimated costs for repair are also included in this report if requested.

It is particularly useful for older, larger or non-traditional properties, those that have been extensively altered, or if the buyer is planning a major conversion or renovation. Clearly this survey will be necessary if the property is dilapidated.