All the surveys explained
The Homescore survey offers a simple and easy to understand 1-10 scoring system, highlighting up to 18 different areas of concern and overall general condition of the property in a jargon free format. This survey is similar to the homebuyer but easier to understand, quicker to receive and generally cheaper. However, it is not suitable for very old, in bad condition or if the property is made of uncommon Materials. Homescore is sent digitally within 24h of the inspection and is available nationwide.
RICS Homebuyer Report
A RICS HomeBuyer Survey is the survey likely to be recommended to most homebuyers. This is an 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
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.