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RICS Home Survey Comparison

Service features Level 1
RICS Condition
Report Service
Level 2
RICS HomeBuyer
Service
Level 3
RICS Building
Survey
Describes the construction and condition of the property on the date of the inspection tick tick tick
Aims to identify and problems that need urgent attention or are serious tick tick tick
Aims to identify things that need to be investigated further to prevent serious damage tick tick tick
Aims to tell you about problems that may be dangerous tick tick tick
Aims to show up potential issues and defects, before any transaction takes place tick tick tick
Includes the standard visual inspection during which secured panels, electrical fittings, inspection chamber covers and other similar features are not removed tick tick tick
Aims to help you decide whether you need extra advice before committing to purchase tick tick
Aims to enable you to budget for any repairs or restoration tick tick
Aims to advise you on the amount of ongoing maintenance required in the future tick tick
An enhanced service that includes all the features of the standard inspection plus a more extensive roof space and underground drainage inspection tick tick
Provides a reinstatement cost to help you avoid under- or over-insurance tick
Provides market valuation tick
Aims to establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future tick
Aims to describe visible defects, plus exposing potential problems posed by hidden defects tick
Aims to outline the repair options and give you a repair timeline, whilst explaining the consequences of not acting tick
A longer and more detailed visual inspection of a wider range of issues including a more thorough consideration of the roof space, grounds, floors and services tick

All the surveys explained

RICS Condition Report

Level 1

This is the most affordable survey you can get. It gives a quick summary of the property’s condition and highlights significant issues, but doesn’t go into detail. They use a ‘traffic light’ rating system with ratings for different parts of the building: Green means everything is fine, orange shows some cause for concern, and red means serious repairs are required.

Condition Reports are designed for smaller conventional houses, flats or bungalows built from common materials and in good condition. They will estimate the costs of bringing a property up to standard after primarily looking at: structural movement, the presence of damp, rot or woodworm, heating, drains and electricals.

RICS Homebuyer Report

Level 2

A RICS HomeBuyer Survey is the survey likely to be recommended to most homebuyers. This is in essence a more detailed version of the Condition Report, with a more extensive and detailed inspection to help you better judge the cost of future maintenance, repair and restoration works.

This survey will list and advise on issues affecting the value of the property including: repairs and ongoing maintenance, legal problems, location, the local environment and energy efficiency. You will have the option of having a valuation with the survey. This is most suitable for conventional properties in a reasonable to good condition built in the last 150 years with traditional materials with no obvious defects.

RICS Building Survey

Level 3

Previously known as a ‘Full Structural Survey’, this is the most expensive and detailed survey and is essential for larger, older or unusual properties, as well as if you’re planning renovation works. Unlike with the other survey types, the surveyor will get into the attic and look between floors (if possible), as well as above ceilings to find any hidden issues.

The inspection will look at hidden structural defects and advises on repairs and maintenance. In some cases the surveyor is able to provide a valuation at an extra cost. It provides the most detailed comprehensive analysis of the structure and condition of the property out of all the surveys and is vital if you plan to significantly extend, alter or renovate the property.

House survey cost Guide

The cost of your survey will vary significantly depending on location, size and type of property.

The figures below give a rough idea of what you might pay depending on the price of the property you’re buying.

Using Sidedoor will help you get a competitive quote with a vetted, reviewed RICS qualified surveyor, with local expertise.

Level of report Up to £99,000 £100,000-£249,000 £250,000-£349,000 £350,000-£499,000 £500,000+
Level one: Condition Report £400 £500 £600 £700 £950+
Level two: Homebuyer Report £450 £600 £700 £800 £1,000+
Level three: Building Survey £600 £750 £900 £1,100 £1,500+