What type of survey do I need ?


A home is the most expensive purchase most people ever make. As an owner you will benefit from expert advice on the condition of your property – whether you plan to live in it, rent it out or sell it.

In an RICS Home Survey an RICS member conducts an in-depth visual inspection of the property. Their report provides an expert account of the property’s condition and highlights any problems in clear and easy to understand ‘traffic light’ ratings.

Different homes require different types of survey. In line with new RICS Professional Guidance UK there are now three levels of service in the RICS Home Surveys suite:

Survey level one: RICS Condition Report

Shows the condition of the property, offers guidance to legal advisors and highlights any urgent defects. Typically the lowest priced of the surveys, it is aimed at conventional properties and newer homes.

Survey level two: RICS HomeBuyer Report

Includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report, plus a market valuation and insurance rebuild costs. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the value of the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice.

Survey level three: RICS Building Survey

Essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works. The most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property’s condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.

Find a surveyor

Contact an RICS member to discuss which level of service best suits your circumstances and needs, and our local surveyor is
Mobile 07774 893780, Office 020 3609984 or info@adamscharteredsurveyors.com

In our opinion a building survey [aka a structural survey] covers the structural condition and fabric of the building and grounds, the defects, disrepair and maintenance issues identified from the inspection, covers any damp and timber decay recorded, comments of the heating, wiring, plumbing and drains and advises on unauthorised alterations or deleterious materials noted, and therefore represents the best type of inspection for any purchase.

To discuss your needs or for a free quotation contact Peter Tasker MRICS MCIOB MFPWS Mobile 07774 893780, Office 020 3609984 or email