This is a survey set to a format laid down by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is suitable for modern properties of conventional build that are in reasonable condition. This type of survey may also be suitable for an older property, providing it is in a reasonable state of repair.
The survey provides condition ratings of each of the elements of the property, including permanent structures such as garages. The report will bring to attention any problems deemed important, and that could affect the value of the property.
A valuation will be included, together with insurance rebuild costs. Ongoing maintenance advice will also be provided. Services will not be tested but an overview of their condition based on visual inspection will be noted.
Also known as a ‘full structural’ survey, this is a highly thorough investigation of a property, reporting on every part that is visible and safely accessible.
The Building Survey should be carried out by a RICS surveyor. It provides greater detail than a Homebuyer’s Report, analysing the construction and condition, and adaptable to particular requirements depending on the property.
Whilst it is suitable for any age or type of home, the Building Survey is particularly useful for older properties in disrepair, those that have been altered extensively, thatched houses and listed buildings. If you are planning to convert or renovate the property, you will find such a survey most useful. You will be provided with advice on repairs and defects as well as on future maintenance.
You can request a valuation with this survey, but it won’t come as standard.
As we said, we are on hand to help if there is anything you are unsure of concerning the survey of your property, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.