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Home Surveys - a Healthcheck for Houses

Building Surveys - Homebuyer Reports - Bespoke Surveys

A health check on your new house will flag up any major issues and enable you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed and at what price. A survey will also give you peace of mind and help you to budget for the future costs of ownership.

The RICS has two main types of standardised survey: the RICS Homebuyer Survey and the Building Survey. 

RICS HomeBuyer's Report

A HomeBuyer Survey and Valuation (HSV), also known as a HomeBuyer’s Report, is a survey completed to a standard format set out by RICS and is most suitable for conventional properties built within the last 150 years, and which are in reasonable condition.

It doesn’t detail every aspect of the property, and only focuses on urgent matters needing attention. It’s not usually suitable for properties in need of renovation, or if you’re planning major alterations.

Find out more about a HomeBuyer survey
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Full Building (Structural) Survey

The RICS Building Survey is a more comprehensive inspection of a property reported in a style to suit the property and your specific requirements. It’s suitable for all properties, especially:

  • Listed buildings
  • Older properties
  • Buildings constructed in an unusual way, however old they are
  • Properties you plan to renovate or alter in any way
  • Properties that have had extensive alterations.

It examines all accessible parts of the property. You can ask to have specific areas included, so it covers any particular concerns you have about the building, and can be tailored to the property and your needs.

A Building Survey doesn’t include a valuation, but this can be provided seperately.

It's important to check with us what is included, and what is not, particularly if you have any concerns or things you specifically want us to check. If you are in any doubt about which will be the most suitable survey for your property, please call us and one of our surveyors can talk you through the survey options to ensure that it meets your requirements.

Find out more about a Building survey
 pdf Download a sample Building survey 214.4 KB