There are two main types of survey, an RICS HomeBuyer and a Building Survey.
RICS HomeBuyer Report
The most popular report for house buyers, produced in a standard RICS approved format, it is most suitable for properties built using conventional construction techniques and provides advice and guidance on the property’s condition and highlights defects in a clear and easily understood manner with a traffic light rating for each described element.
The purpose of the report format is to provide you with information to make a reasoned and informed judgement on whether or not to buy the property at the agreed price, and whether you should obtain any further specialist advice.
A building survey is a comprehensive inspection of a property and is suitable for all property types and ages. A Building Survey is a wide-ranging inspection of a property. It is the most comprehensive of the surveys available for residential properties and will provide a detailed evaluation of a property’s condition. The Building Survey report will describe the condition of each element of the house and identify defects and other issues or concerns.
Building Surveys are suitable for all properties, but they are particularly appropriate for:
- Listed Buildings – a building that is on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
- Older Properties – recommended for properties over 50 years old
- Buildings constructed in an unusual way, regardless of age
- Buildings that you intend to renovate or change
- Buildings that have already been renovated or significantly altered
If unsure about whether you need a HomeBuyer or a Building Survey, then please call for a free discussion.