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.
Think about it...
Would you ever purchase a car without lifting the bonnet?
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.
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 1No repair is currently needed. Normal maintenance must be carried out.
Condition Rating 2Repairs or replacements are needed but the surveyor does not consider these to be serious or urgent.
Condition Rating 3Defects 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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