The difference between the RICS Home Buyer Report and RICS Building Survey

The most appropriate Survey will depend on the age and overall condition of the subject property.

Regarding the actual inspection and content in the report, the RICS Home Buyer Report and the RICS Building Survey follow a similar pattern. All properties undergo a visual and non-invasive inspection by a RICS accredited Surveyor. Surveyors inspect all internal and external areas of a property that are accessible to include the roof void. Surveyors do not move belongings or test the services. The RICS Home Buyer report and RICS Building Survey report provide the reader with condition ratings on the many different elements within a property using a condition rating of 1-3. All defects are highlighted and recommendations provided.

To help determine the best Survey to suit the property you are purchasing, we ask about the property type, property age and overall condition.

The RICS Home Buyer report is recommended on any standard property that has been built in the last c.120 years. This is also assuming the property has been built using standard material (bricks and mortar) and appears to be in a reasonable condition/has been well maintained. Home Buyer Surveys are also recommended on ALL flats, apartments & maisonettes (whatever the age of the overall building).

The RICS Building Survey is recommend on properties over c.120 years old, period or listed properties, any property that appears to be in a poor state of repair or a property that has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme ie barn conversion.

Our friendly sales advisors will always take a look at the subject property and advise on the most appropriate Survey.

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