RICS Home Survey Comparison
All the surveys explained
RICS Condition Report
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
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
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+|