How much does a survey cost?

December 1, 2020


The price of a home survey varies significantly based on a variety of factors including the type of survey, the size of the property, the location of the property, the number of bedrooms, the value of the property, etc… This blog shows the possible range of prices for each survey however, it should not be used as a definitive guide as prices may still vary outside of the suggested range:


  • RICS Home Survey Level 1 – Usually cost between £300 to £500 based on averages. This is the most basic type of survey which uses a traffic light system to indicate the level of immediacy in which an area of the property needs attention.


  • Smart Surveys – Usually cost between £400 to £700 based on averages. This refers to the independent surveys which are designed to compete with the homebuyer report. These are level one surveys, like the condition report, but are more comprehensive and often include images and a 1-10 rating system for the areas of concern.


  • RICS Home Survey Level 2 – Usually cost between £500 to £1200 based on averages. These reports are more detailed and the most popular option according to RICS. There are two options in this category – you can choose to have a survey with or without a valuation which will also affect the ultimate price. Some surveyors may include this in their price so be sure to check if this is the case.


  • RICS Home Survey Level 3 – Usually cost £700+ based on averages. This is the most in-depth report and is recommended for older properties or those with potential or known structural issues. However, it can also be useful for other types of properties as it is so in-depth – but may not be necessary. This should be discussed with your chosen surveyor as they will guide you on what is best, based on the property itself.


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