The RICS Building Survey

    • A concise description of construction and condition of the property
    • The identification of problems which are serious or require urgent attention
    • Information on items requiring further investigation
    • Information on problems which may be dangerous or pose a risk to the building
    • Advice on future maintenance
    • Provides specific information on the future performance of the building fabric
    • Outlines repair options and future timeline for maintenance
    • A longer and more detailed report with a more thorough consideration of the structure, grounds and services

The RICS Building Survey is a good option if you’re buying a property that's over 50 years old or in a poor condition. It is also worthwhile if you’re planning to do any significant work or have concerns about a property. This survey is usually only undertaken on houses, not on flats.

What You Can Expect With The RICS Building Survey

The RICS Building Survey is the most thorough residetial survey you can get. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the structure and condition of the property whilst listing any defects and advising on repairs or maintenance.

The surveyor will be quite hands on and will do things such as check the attic and look under floorboards as long as it does not cause damage to the property.

You can ask for the report to include projected costs and timings for any repair work. Bear in mind that depending on the size of the property it may take a whole day to complete

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