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POSTED 23 October 2018 General

What House Survey Should I Have?

You are under no obligation to have a survey carried out on a property, however, it can help a homebuyer to avoid any unexpected repair costs in the future. It is generally recommended that you use a chartered surveyor who is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

It should be noted however, that there are some experienced surveyors who are not members of RICS. If you do choose to have a survey, there are a number of options available to you.

Home Condition Report

  • A basic survey report that describes the condition of a property and highlights any urgent defects.
  • Formatted to be easily understandable and applies condition ratings’ to the various parts of the building 
  • Suitable for most new build homes, as well as conventional homes that are in good condition.
  • The RICS also have an equivalent survey called a RICS Condition Report.
  • Costs around £250-400

HomeBuyer Report

  • Previosuly known as the HomeBuyer survey
  • It helps to identify any structural problems in the whole property and provide a valuation of the property to ensure it is of value to the buyer
  • Suitable for relatively modern properties that have had no major works carried out
  • Survey and valuation is usually around £300-450

Building Survey

  • This is the most comprehensive survey 
  • It provides a complete, detailed view of the building's current state and is the most common survey type.
  • Suitable for conventional homes that are in good condition and particularly for buyers of larger or older properties which have had previous works.
  • Costs anywhere between £400 and £1000.

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Do I need a survey for a new build?

If you want to get a report for a new build, a snagging survey can help to spot any potential teething problems with a property.

This includes minor issues such as misaligned doors, as well as more serious issues that could indicate problems with the structure of a property. This normally costs between £300 and £600.

What if a survey uncovers issues?

During a survey, there is normally some kind of issue that is brought to light, so it’s isn’t necessarily something that you should be too worried about. Common problems include issues with the roof and central heating system.

However, while you don’t want to fret unduly, you should try to get any issues sorted as soon as possible. Ask the surveyor how much any repair work will cost (or a builder if the work is major) and ask the seller to fix the issues before you move in or to deduct the cost of repair from the price of the property.