Buying a new home? Need a survey? Buying a house will be the biggest investment that you will ever make, so you will want to be sure of making the right choice.
An RICS Home Survey will identify the condition of the property, inform you of any further investigations or actions required. This will help you in deciding whether to proceed with purchasing the property.
There are three levels of RICS Home Surveys available which are described in detail below.
Condition Report – Level 1
This report is basic and suitable for relatively modern, standard properties that seem to be in good condition. It will describe the condition rating of elements in the property, identifying the level/urgency of the defects. No advice is provided on repairs or maintenance.
Homebuyers Report (Survey without valuation) – Level 2
This report provides more extensive information than the Condition report and is suitable for most properties that seem to be in reasonable condition. It will describe the condition rating of the elements in the property in more detail, identifying the level/urgency of the defects. A summary on the overall opinion is provided.
Building Survey – Level 3
This report (formally called a Structural Survey) provides a thorough inspection and detailed information regarding the structure and fabric of the property. The report is suitable for all types of larger properties, those with extensions, alterations or generally in poor condition. A detailed summary of the overall opinion, recommended repairs and further investigations are provided.
Do you have a concern or worry about a particular defective element in a property? A Building Defects Diagnosis survey comprises of an investigation and assessment into a specific building defect where concerns are raised in a property.
The common defects raised by customers are leaks, damp penetration, timber decay (beetle infestation, wet & dry rot), cracking and movement of structural elements.
The report will provide a diagnosis of the defect and provide recommendations and advice of actions that are required to remedy the problem.
Depending on the nature of the defect, we may suggest further investigations that could either require intrusive works or involve a specialist consultant like a Structural Engineer or a drainage survey.
Have you recently bought a brand new house and noticed that the fittings or finishes are not to the standard you expected? We can carry out a Snagging Inspection that is a detailed and thorough inspection of all fittings and finishes in a new property. This will identify and list all outstanding repairs.
Are you considering an extension, loft conversion or alterations to your house?
We can produce all design drawings to suit your requirements for:
- Planning Permission
- Building Regulations Consent
- Measured Surveys
- Title Plan - Boundary Alterations