Surveys


Buying or selling? Survey your options


The RICS Condition Report

Choose this report if you're buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:

  • clear 'traffic light' ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that require varying degrees of attention;
  • a summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and
  • other matters including guarantees, planning and building control issues for your legal advisers.

An RICS Condition Report does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.

Ask your surveyor for a detailed 'Description of the RICS Condition Report Service' leaflet.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report

Choose this report if you would like more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It costs more than the Condition Report but includes:

  • all of the features in the Condition Report plus a more extensive inspection;
  • the surveyor's professional opinion on the 'Market Value' of the property;
  • an insurance reinstatement figure for the property;
  • a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property;


  • advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance;
  • issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions;
  • legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your conveyancing; and
  • information on location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency (where available).

Ask your surveyor for a detailed 'Description of the RICS Homebuyer Service' leaflet.

The building survey

Formerly called a structural survey, you could choose the building survey if you're dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you're planning major works. It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property. It includes:

  • a thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues;
  • a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws;
  • an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity; and
  • advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.

A building survey does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.