A more extensive report suitable for non-conventional buildings and special building projects

The Building Survey is based on extensive analysis and a thorough building inspection is undertaken.  The report will give you an idea of what works you should undertake to the building immediately, noting any options that you might wish to consider, and what are the likely repairs in the next few years for which you should make contingency plans.  It is also suitable to help a buyer who intends to substantial alter the arrangement of the property or is deliberately purchasing a property that has known defects.


An RICS Building Survey does not include

  • a valuation and commentary on the local environment and facilities nearby that influence the value of the property, but we are RICS Registered Valuers and are therefore qualified and able to provide this as a separate extra service
  • an insurance reinstatement figure for the property, but again we are able to offer this as a separate extra service


We include

  • a thorough inspection and detailed report on a wide 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
  • advice for your legal advisers
  • details of serious risks and dangerous conditions
  • general advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance for items in good repair at the time of inspection
  • issues that need to be further investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions arising
  • the recorded energy efficiency (where available)
  • a summary of the risks to the condition of the building
  • examination of planning and building control compliance


You should choose an RICS 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.


All RICS Home Surveys use 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.  Items marked as Red - Condition 3 are about things that need immediate attention, items marked as Amber - Condition 2 are about things that will need the attention of any buyer or the existing owner within in the very near future.

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