It is often difficult to decide which survey to choose. We are keen that you have the survey you want and more importantly, the survey you require.
The differences are in fact quite simple:
The RICS HomeBuyer Report
The HomeBuyer Report is suitable for most properties that are found to be in a reasonable condition and are built after 1900. All aspects of the property are covered within this report including environmental issues: such as landfill sites, flooding, and more recently – the HS2 high speed train line. There is also a Valuation included at the end of the report, which can be particularly useful if you are not having a mortgage and you are unsure if you are paying the correct price.
The Building Survey
This survey covers everything in the HomeBuyer Report. The advice in the Building Survey report is however much more detailed and should therefore be chosen if the property is: visibly in a poor condition, you need advice on alterations, the property was built before 1900, and/or the construction is of a non-standard type. This Survey can be tailored to your needs and a Valuation can be added for additional cost of £50.00 inclusive of VAT – the Surveyor will take into account any concerns you may have with the property, then explain these issues in detail.
This is simply to Value the property and only involves a brief inspection. The valuation will normally only flag up matters that could affect a Mortgage offer.
You can see examples of these reports by clicking here.