Why do you need an RICS Home Survey? Because forewarned is forearmed. Choosing the right survey will help highlight any serious problems and advise you of the specific risks before you commit to the process of buying or selling a property. RICS has three different levels of survey. These can only be conducted by an RICS qualified surveyor. Reliable and cost effective, these reports carry the full weight of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – The industry’s most respected authority on surveying.

The RICS Condition Report - Survey LEVEL ONE

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 attention.
  • A summary of the risks to the condition of the building.
  • Advice on replacement parts guarantees, planning and control matters for your legal advisers.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) - Survey LEVEL TWO

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 RICS Building Survey - Survey LEVEL THREE

Choose the Building Survey (formerly called a structural survey) if you’re dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a 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.
  • Advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.