The RICS Building Survey involves a longer and more detailed inspection than for other types of surveys and services are observed in normal operation. The Building Survey report provides more comprehensive technical information and advice than the other survey reports and includes sections on safety, security and energy efficiency of the property. Repairs works are listed and costings given where agreed with the surveyor.
The RICS Building Survey is most suitable for very old or unusual properties. You should be aware that the Building Survey inspection is limited by the same constraints as inspections for other survey types such as floor finishes, heavy furnishings and wall coverings and there will always be some things the surveyor can’t see. Some properties do require a Building Survey but generally, our clients find that the Building Survey contains more technical information than they require and the HomeBuyer Report offers better value for money. However, if you do feel a Building Survey would be the most suitable report for you and the property you are purchasing, please contact us.
The RICS Building Survey follows a standard format with a paragraph on each element of the property under the sections ‘Outside the Property’, ‘Inside the Property’, ‘Services’ and ‘Grounds’. Advice is given on necessary remedial works and potential issues. Each element is given a Condition Rating to indicate areas of particular concern and highlight where remedial works are required. Repair works are listed and costings given where agreed in advance with the surveyor. Issues for your solicitor to investigate are detailed. Photos are included and comment is made on the local area, environment, security, safety and energy efficiency. A valuation is not included as standard but can be provided at an extra cost.
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