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What will the Chartered Building Surveyor do?

A recent survey by a leading financial body showed that on average people spend more time choosing a new TV than they do a new home. This may come as a surprise seeing as for most people, buying a home is the most expensive purchase they will ever make.  You can employ a chartered building surveyor to carry out a building survey, but it is not always easy to define what that survey should entail.  You can easily get lost in the descriptions of the survey types over the phone so, to try and help the public at large,  RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) have created sepcifically designed domestic survey formats that some surveyors will use.  Other surveyors may provide adaptations of the survey format but all will cover the range of the surveys described below in one method or another.

An RICS Home Survey will give you:

  • Peace of mind – You’ll know what you’re getting into before you make possibly the biggest purchase of your life
  • A leverage tool to negotiate on price if problems are found
  • Satisfaction that you’re paying a fair price for the property

The three formats endorsed by RICS are -

  • RICS Condition Report

An RICS Condition Report gives you clear ‘traffic light’ ratings showing the condition of the property, advice for your legal advisors and details of urgent defects.

  • RICS HomeBuyer Report

The RICS HomeBuyer Report gives you all of the above, plus separate market valuation and insurance reinstatement costs and advice on defects that may affect the value of the property, with repairs and ongoing maintenance advice.

  • RICS Building Survey

The Building Survey gives you a comprehensive structural report including defects, repair and maintenance options. Essential for larger or older properties or if you’re planning major works.

Click here to view and download a copy of the official RICS Home Surveys Information Sheet

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Did you know that most people spend more time selecting a new TV than choosing a new home?