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HomeBuyer Report

This is the middle tier RICS survey and is the most popular condition and valuation report, due to it's concise format

It is suitable for most properties built since the late Victorian period (1900)

It is not suitable for properties that are:

  • older than late Victorian period (1900)
  • unusually large
  • substantially extended or altered
  • non-standard construction
  • in need of extensive renovation

The inspection covers the whole property and looks for all major defects

The report highlights any required repairs or works needed on the property

The report also includes an independent market valuation and reinstatement value

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Building Survey

This is the top tier RICS survey and is a highly detailed report on the construction and condition of a property

It is appropriate for all types and ages of house, but it rarely suitable for flats or leasehold properties

It is most suitable for houses that are:

  • older than late Victorian period (1900)
  • thatched
  • unusually large
  • in need of major renovation
  • substianally extended or altered
  • non-standard construction

It will report extensively on serious issues or defects

A valuation is not included as standard, but can be included for an additional fee

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Valuation Report

The RICS Valuation Survey is a short report detailing a property’s independent market value

It will briefly comment on any obvious defects that may have an effect on the property value

It can be used for many purposes, such as:

  • investment
  • matrimonial
  • probate
  • tax
  • Capital Gains Tax (CGT)
  • shared ownership
  • right-to-buy scheme

It cannot be used for mortgage purposes

It is completely independent and it is not an estate agents estimate

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HomeBuyer Report


Building Survey


Property Valuation Report

What the Surveys cover:
The condition of the property H B
The value of the property H V
Survey benefits:
Identifies potential defects and assesses condition H B
Identifies potential repairs required H B
Easy to read RICS traffic light format H
Gives an independent market valuation H V
What the Surveys include:
Report by a RICS Chartered Surveyor H B V
Detailed inspection and report on construction B
Highlights hazards/defects needing urgent attention H B
Professional advice on repairs and maintenance H B
Independent market valuation and reinstatement costs H
Types of property the Surveys are suitable for:
Suitable for properties built before 1900 B V
Suitable for properties built after 1900 H B V
Suitable for dilapidated properties B V
Suitable for extensively modified or extended buildings B V
What the Surveys can be used for:
Information for your Conveyancing Solicitor H B
Can be used to negotiate with the vendor H B V

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This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For more information about Surveys, or if you need support, please contact us.

How do I know which type of survey is right for my property?

The type of survey of should get depends on the type of property you are buying and the type of information your require. You can compare these on our Survey Comparison Table:
The style of property
The type of information you require

Can my valuation survey be used for mortgage purposes?

Independent RICS Valuation Reports cannot normally be used for mortgage purposes.

What does RICS stand for?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property and construction sectors worldwide.

What qualifications will my Surveyor hold?

All surveys booked through are carried out by RICS qualified Surveyors.
Members holding RICS qualifications may use the following designations after their name: AssocRICS (Associate), MRICS (Member), FRICS (Fellow).
Those with the designation MRICS or FRICS are also known as Chartered Surveyors.

What is professional indemnity insurance?

It is compulsory for all RICS Surveyors to hold professional indemnity insurance. Professional indemnity insurance covers the Surveyor in the event that they give faulty advice that causes you a financial loss.

When is the best time to book a survey?

We advise booking a survey as early as possible, to ensure that you have the information in enough time to make an informed decision about the property and to negotiate a fair purchase price.

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About Us is a national online brokerage for RICS residential surveys. We aim to match you to the correct type of report and surveyor, to best help you make informed property decisions. We appreciate that buying a property is one of the largest financial commitments many people will make in their lives; it is therefore paramount that you have a high quality surveyor who you can trust to advise you best about this investment. We work hard to ensure that of the all the surveyors we work with offer good value and high quality reports.

Although the services advertised through's website are for RICS Chartered Surveyors, LTD is not an RICS regulated firm or anyway associated with them.

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