According to RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), 25% of home buyers who do not obtain a Survey are forced to carry out unplanned works to the property after purchase.
On average, homebuyers spend £5,750 on repairs once they have moved into their new home. This is often due to no survey being commissioned.
Three Types of Surveys undertaken:
Building Survey (RICS Level 3) – Appropriate for Listed Buildings, older properties, Buildings of an unusual construction, properties intended for renovation, or properties that have already been significantly altered.
This survey is the most comprehensive available for residential properties and provides a detailed evaluation of a property’s condition.
The survey will inspect all visible and accessible parts of a building, including roofs, walls, floors, windows and doors, chimneys, cellars, garages and outbuildings. Surveyors have a legal responsibility to discover and inform of any major problems with a property, so during the building inspection we will actively search for potential problems and building defects.
This includes looking into cupboards and manholes, and an inspection of the services but it does not, however, investigate enclosed or concealed parts of a building, such as sealed roof spaces.
The Building Survey report will describe the condition of each element of the house and identify the property’s defects, their apparent cause, the urgency of repair, maintenance options.
Although the most expensive survey, a Building Survey is the most comprehensive and detailed evaluation of a property’s condition and construction.
Property Condition Survey (RICS Level 2) – This is our most popular type of survey and is recommended for home buyers and vendors pre-sale.
This survey closely follows the RICS home buyers report, with a colour coded rating system, highlighting each element with a 1 (Green), 2 (Amber), or 3 (Red).
The inspection includes all of the easily accessible internal areas, including the ceilings, roof void if accessible, walls, floors, bathrooms and woodwork. Externally roofing, gutters and downpipes, walls, windows, doors, permanent out buildings and boundaries are inspected.
What the report tells you
The report is presented jargon-free and in plain English, with information about the construction and condition of the property on the date it was inspected. Defects are clearly conveyed and an overview of any required property maintenance is highlighted. Each element is rated from 1-3 and colour coded to allow a quick and easy assessment of the property condition. Photographs are also added to make it easier to understand defects and highlight issues requiring further investigation.
The surveyor gives each part of the structure of the main building a condition rating to make the report easy to follow. The condition ratings are as follows:
Specific Defects Survey – This is used to assess particular problems within a property’s structure or condition. The survey goes into a similar level of detail to a Building Survey, but does not cover the whole property, just the specific area of concern.
Examples of issues a Specific Defect Survey could address include:
- Structural movement including cracking or bowing of walls or beams
- Timber rot or infestation
- Damp and condensation
- Non-standard construction
- Roofing defects
The Specific Defects Survey report includes detailed descriptions of the defects found to be of concern, their apparent cause, the urgency of repair, maintenance options and if requested include an indication of the cost to repair.