The RICS Building Survey is the most comprehensive report of its kind and should be used for larger or older properties, or when planning major works. Unlike other Home Survey products, the RICS Building Survey Service is more flexible and may include a broader range of issues arising.
The report provides an in-depth analysis of the property's condition and includes advice on defects, repairs, and maintenance options. We produce accurate reports to help you make an informed decision about a property purchase. We take the time to listen to you and produce a report that addresses your specific needs.
"Our expertise clearly comes across in every report we produce. Our experience in surveying, construction, refurbishment, and project management gives us a unique perspective, not just on the current condition of a property but on potential issues in the future and suitable solutions with realistic estimates of costs."
The RICS Building Survey is suitable for larger, older, or unique properties and those in obvious disrepair. It is more appropriate than the RICS Homebuyer Report for period, older, dilapidated, or unusual types of property (such as those of a non-standard construction).
This service includes a diagnosis of defects, detailed advice on repairs and maintenance, a full description of the condition and construction of each element of the property, together with an overall assessment and suggestions for any further investigation.
Your survey will include assessing structural movement, dampness, timber defects (including woodworm and rot) insulation and drainage, roofing, kitchen and bathroom fittings, electrical, heating and plumbing services. We will highlight any fundamental defects or issues that should be investigated further before going ahead with a purchase.
It does not include a valuation. On request, a survey can include estimates of costs for remedial work, together with an assessment of how much the building will cost to maintain. This is important because it will allow you to decide whether a defect is worth tackling.
Please note that some restrictions may exist to prevent complete inspection, such as fitted floor coverings, limited roof access, but you will be informed if there are any areas we cannot access for full inspection.