(RICS) Survey Quotes

Better Safe than Sorry…

(RICS) Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors carry out four types of general survey. These can only be conducted by qualified surveyors. Reliable and cost effective, these reports carry the full weight of the RICS, the industry’s most respected authority on surveying.
Please call us to explain the different survey options detailed below and to provide a quote if appropriate.

Basic Survey
It’s important to remember that your mortgage lender’s valuation report is not a survey. It merely tells your lender whether or not the property is reasonable security for your loan.

Condition Report
Choose this report if you’re buying 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 building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that require varying degrees of attention.
  • A summary of the risks of the condition of the building.
  • Other matters including guarantees, planning and building control issues for your legal advisers.

A RICS Condition Report does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be to provide this as a separate extra service.

Home Buyer Report
Choose this report if you would like 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 plus a more extensive inspection.
  • The Surveyor’s professional opinion on the ‘Market Value’ of the property.
  • An insurance reinstatement figure for the property.
  • A list of problems that the Surveyor considers may affect the value of the property.
  • Advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance.
  • Issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or conditions.
  • Legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your conveyancing. Information on location, local environment and recorded energy efficiency.
  • Information on location, local environment and recorded energy efficiency.

Building Survey
Formerly called a Structural Survey, you could choose the Building 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. It includes:

  • A 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.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.