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. If you do choose to have a survey, there are a number of options available to you. Most surveys are carried out by RICS accredited Chartered Surveyors, although one or two surveys can be carried out by general practice Chartered Surveyors.

Home Condition Report

  • A basic survey report that describes the condition of a property and highlights any urgent defects. The report also identifies any risks and potential legal issues. However, no advice or valuation is provided.
  • 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 (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) also have an equivalent survey called a RICS Condition Report.
  • Costs around £250-300

HomeBuyer Report

  • Previosuly known as the HomeBuyer survey, this report is carried out by a RICS registered Chartered Suveyor
  • 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 £200-400

Building Survey

  • Provides a complete, detailed view of the building's current state and is the most common survey type.
  • Usually carried out by a RICS registered Chartered Surveyor
  • 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 £300 and £600.

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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.