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RICS Building Survey

The RICS Building Survey is recommended for older/period properties or any property that appears to have been poorly maintained. It provides you with condition ratings on all the different elements using a scale of 1-3. Each rating is supported with comments from the Surveyor and recommendations are provided. Ask yourself this question. Would you ever buy a car without lifting the bonnet? A house is the most expensive purchase you will ever make. Don't wish you had done it, call us today.
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Why Do I Need a RICS Building Survey?

  • It will help you make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the purchase
  • The property you are purchasing is either old, run down or a Period property
  • It details the course of action required to make any necessary repairs
  • It will help you to budget to cover repairs or restoration
  • It will advise on potential hazardous risks
  • It will advise you on the ongoing maintenance that will be required

What is a RICS Building Survey?

Our Surveyor will carry out a full visual inspection inside and outside of the property to include the roof void commenting on all accessible areas. Please note, Surveyors do not lift carpets, floorboards, heavy objects or personal effects. Surveyors carry various tools to assist on the inspection to include moisture meters enabling them to record levels of damp throughout the property. The Surveyor will ‘in detail’ list all defects offering advice and guidance on remedies. Costings for recommended works are not included. It is advisable to obtain quotations from reputable trades people who will provide accurate assessments/quotations so you can prepare and budget for any required work recommended by the Surveyor. The Building Survey should be considered if you are planning to purchase a property that is over 100 years old, is listed, appears to be in poor condition (but still habitable) or any property that has received extensive renovation work/extensions.

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An Excellent service.

I was given clear outline of what the surveyor would be able to do and when the report would be available.  The colour coding of the key points made the report easy to understand and help when making judgements about such a major purchase.

The RICS Building Survey includes:
  • A high quality RICS approved report, carried out by one of our experienced RICS accredited local Surveyors.
  • A report that follows a similar format to the HomeBuyer Survey but provides a more in-depth analysis of the property due to the age and/or general condition at time of inspection.
  • A report that outlines repair options and advises on the consequences of not acting on the advice provided.

Condition Ratings

The RICS Building Survey has 3 condition ratings to evaluate and describe the condition of the property and how urgently it needs repairing. The conditions are defined by RICS are:
  • Condition Rating 1
    No repair is currently needed. Normal maintenance must be carried out.
  • Condition Rating 2
    Repairs or replacements are needed but the surveyor does not consider these to be serious or urgent.
  • Condition Rating 3
    Defects are present which are either serious and/or in urgent need of repair or replacement, or the surveyor feels that further investigation is required.
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