The RICS Homebuyers Report
This survey is suitable for properties considered to be in reasonable condition and constructed after 1900.
An RICS HomeBuyer Report, or Home Survey, is conducted by an RICS qualified surveyor, who carries out a detailed visual inspection of your property, or the property you are considering purchasing. The report you are supplied with following the inspection uses easy to understand 'traffic light' ratings, so you can clearly see the property's condition, and any areas of concern. The surveyor will consider any specific areas of concern you may have prior to the survey and these will be examined and appropriate advice provided.
It includes comments on the condition of the property, provides guidance to legal advisers, highlights any urgent defects, gives advice on defects that may affect the value of the property with repairs, and on-going maintenance advice. An insurance rebuild cost can be provided at no additional cost if requested, and a market valuation can also be supplied for a small additional fee. Environmental issues are also covered including flooding, mining, soil types, radon presence, landfill sites and more recently infrastructure issues such as the HS2 rail line.
The RICS Building Survey
Formerly known as a Full Structural Survey, the Building Survey is the most comprehensive home survey, and is ideal for older properties constructed prior to 1900, properties considered to be in poor condition or if you're planning any major works. This report includes all the elements of a HomeBuyer Report together with a more in-depth analysis of the property's condition, more comprehensive advice and an insurance rebuild cost. A valuation can also be included for a small additional fee. The report you receive will include detailed advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options. The surveyor will take into account any specific concerns you have prior to the survey and will provide detailed advice.