Helping you to make an informed decision about your property purchase
Why have a survey?
A Mortgage Valuation is NOT a Survey!
Purchasing a property is one of life’s biggest financial investments that you will make, why risk your lifetime investment for the sake of a Building Survey or Home Buyers Report and have total peace of mind.
There are often many property defects hidden from the layman’s eye, these include:
- Rising and penetrating dampness
- Structural cracking
- Dry / wet rot
- Wood boring insect attack
Plus many other potentially serious problems
To safeguard yourself against these defects, instruct one of our qualified Surveyors to undertake a survey on your behalf (please use the form below), and we will get back to you as soon as possible. For the terms of engagement please download them here.
- RICS Surveys ~ RICS Condition Report, RICS Homebuyer Report, RICS Building Survey
- Schedules of Condition
- Building defect analysis and litigation advice
- Insurance & Probate Valuations
- Party wall negotiations under the Party Wall Act 1996
- Rent reviews
- Land Registry Plans
- Site Supervision
- RICS Red Book Valuations
- Boundary Dispute Inspections
Level 1 - The RICS Condition Report
Choose this report if you’re buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:
- clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention;
- a summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and
- advice on replacement parts guarantees, planning and control matters for your legal advisers.
A RICS Condition Report is straightforward and does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.
Ask your surveyor for a detailed ‘Description of the RICS Condition Report Service’ leaflet.
Level 2 - The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey)
Choose this report if you need more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It costs more than the Condition Report but includes:
- all of the features in the Condition Report;
- a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the property;
- advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance;
- issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions;
- legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your purchase; and
- information on location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency (where available)
- the surveyor’s professional opinion on the market value of the property
- an insurance re-instatement figure for the property
- a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the home
Ask your surveyor for a detailed ‘Description of the RICS Homebuyer Service’ leaflet.
Level 3 - The RICS Building Survey
Choose the Building Survey (formerly called a structural survey) if you’re dealing with a large, older or run-down property, building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property.
The RICS Building Survey uses the same traffic light ratings as the Condition and HomeBuyer Reports. It also includes:
- a more thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues;
- a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws;
- an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity; and
- advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.
The RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.