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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a RICS building Survey cost (on average)?  

Between £500 - £1200  for a homebuyers report, 

Between £700 - £1500 for a building survey. 


 

What is a Type 2 building survey?

A homebuyers report is a survey usually suitable for conventional properties in reasonable condition. Costs start at £400 and increase depending on the value of the property. 

 

This will help you find out if there are any structural problems, such as subsidence or damp, as well as many other issues inside and outside the property. 

 

The homebuyers report does not look beyond the floorboards or behind walls as it is a non-invasive survey and uses the follow the trail method to identify possible hidden defects. 


 

What is a Level 3 building survey?

A level 3 building survey is a more comprehensive survey that is more suited to older or listed buildings, larger properties or properties that are unusual or unique. 

 

This will help you find out if there are any structural problems, such as subsidence or damp, as well as many other issues inside and outside the property.  

 

The building survey report does not look beyond the floorboards or behind walls as it is a non-invasive survey and uses the following trail method to identify possible hidden defects. 

 

The detailed report will include advice on defects, repairs and maintenance to issues, and an outline of repair options and the consequences of not dealing with any potential highlighted issues within the report. 


 

What is the difference between a building survey and a structural survey?

A structural survey is designed to look specifically at the structural integrity of the property, 

 

whilst a building survey consists of an inspection of all accessible areas, detailing any defects issues that may be present inside and outside the property.  


 

Is a Level 3 Survey worth it?

 

Yes, if you are buying an older or more unusual property,  purchasing a property that is in poor condition, or if you plan significant building works, then a level 3 building survey would be more appropriate, 

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