Building Surveys

Formerly known as ‘Full Structural Surveys’, Building Surveys provide a very detailed description of a building’s construction and condition. Ideal for period properties, buildings that you want to renovate or convert, or those that have already been extensively altered.

Building Surveys allow the surveyor to express extensive detailed advice and are typically at least 20 pages long. Essential for properties older than about 1880, thatched cottages, larger homes with 5 or more bedrooms and for buildings of non-conventional construction.

As well as covering all urgent and significant defects, a Building Survey will report on a wide range of less serious issues.

HomeBuyers Reports

The RICS HomeBuyer Service includes an inspection, a report and a valuation, and these are all explained in detail in the ‘Description of the RICS HomeBuyer Service’ the surveyor will give you. The RICS HomeBuyer report is a standard format, and is different to a building survey in three main ways:

1. It is designed for particular types of home. These are houses, bungalows and flats that:

- are of a traditional type and construction; and
- are apparently in reasonable condition.

2. It identifies what the surveyor considers to be the most important issues. By applying condition ratings to elements of the building, the services and any garages and permanent outbuildings, the surveyor will tell you whether defects are serious or urgent.

3. It also includes the surveyor’s opinion of the market value and reinstatement cost (which you will need for insurance purposes). It focuses on matters that, in the surveyor’s opinion, may affect the value of the property if they are not dealt with.

The report also includes other valuable information.

Property Purchase PriceAge 1920-1960Age Post 1960
Property Purchase PriceAge 1920-1960Age Post 1960

VAT/Disbursements & Tests in addition
For Pre 1920 properties and properties with purchase price over £500,000, please contact us for a competitive quote.