Building Survey

Choose the Building Survey (formerly called a structural 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.

The RICS Building Survey uses the same traffic light ratings as the Condition and HomeBuyer Reports. It also includes:

  • a more 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.

The RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.

Also the surveyor may be able to provide an estimate of costs for identified repairs if agreed with you in advance.

“A thorough and detailed report to give you the reassurance you need.”

Service features

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Describes the construction and condition of the property on the date of the inspection.
Aims to identify any problems that need urgent attention or are serious.
Aims to identify things that need to be investigated further to prevent serious damage.
Aims to tell you about problems that may be dangerous.
Aims to show up potential issues and defects, before any transaction takes place.
Aims to help you decide whether you need extra advice before committing to purchase
Aims to enable you to budget for any repairs or restoration.
Aims to advise you on the amount of ongoing maintenance required in the future.
Provides a reinstatement cost to help you avoid under or over-insurance.
Provides a market valuation.
Aims to establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future.
Aims to describe visible defects, plus exposing potential problems posed by hidden defects.
Aims to outline the repair options and give you a repair timeline, whilst explaining the consequences of not acting.
Where practical and agreed, provides an estimate of costs for identified repairs.
Provides specific comments on energy efficiency.