The RICS Building Survey is the most comprehensive report of its kind and should be used for larger or older properties, or when planning major works. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the property condition and includes advice on defects, repairs, and maintenance options.
You should choose an RICS Building Survey if you are dealing with a run-down, larger or older property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. Any building built pre-1930 the RICS recommends a Full Level 3 Building Survey.
As part of our surveys, we offer a free walk around with your surveyor on the day of inspection. This has received good feedback from clients and helps clients understand in detail what the surveyor is referring to and allows you to ask any questions and highlight any concerns that you might have.
Graham Ellis, Associate Director, RICS Residential:
“On average, those who did not take out a survey spent £5,750 in additional work to the property which could have been identified in a survey. In one case a home buyer was left with a £385,000 legal bill after not exchanging contracts on a £3.6m house purchase because rising damp was discovered, an issue which could have been identified if they had done a survey beforehand.”
Smith Heritage Surveyors were instructed to undertake a Full Building Survey of this 19thC Property in Southwark. Using a high-level camera and drone survey we were able to identify unseen issues at roof level that we estimated would cost £75,000 to repair.
Our client used our survey and negotiated a substantial reduction in cost. We were then asked to assist with the re-roofing works and instructing contractors.Survey Portfolio