RICS Building Surveys In London
A RICS Building Survey is the most detailed of our property surveys. It is sometimes referred to as a Level Three survey. The Building Survey gives you a thorough assessment of the structure, condition and construction of a property, as well as technical advice on any repairs needed.
Is a RICS Building Survey Right For Me?
We recommend the RICS building survey if:
- The property is in poor condition, or
- It is more than 100 years old, or
- It has been built using unconventional methods or materials, or
- It has already been significantly altered or extended, or
- You want to make major alterations to the property
If you aren’t sure if the RICS Building Survey is right for you, visit our RICS Property Survey Comparison here.
Why Do I Need A RICS Building Survey?
Buying a property is a stressful process, but buying a property whose condition you aren’t fully aware of can have dramatic consequences down the line.
The RICS Building Survey is ideal for peace of mind on any property, especially a property that needs a lot of work or one that you want to make major alterations to. The RICS Building Survey provides the detailed assessment and technical advice you need to aid your buying decision.
A number of standard-setting and consumer organisations (including Which? and The Council of Mortgage Lenders) recommend getting an independent home survey before committing to purchasing a property.
What Does A RICS Building Survey Contain?
A RICS Building Survey is a detailed assessment of the structure and the construction methods used in a property. Beginning with a visual inspection and delving deeper into any potential issues, the RICS Building Survey Report will identify any serious defects or problems with the property, and gives you technical advice on how these problems should be solved.
The Survey also advises on future maintenance issues, so that you can plan ahead, and highlights any potential legal issues that you might want your solicitor to investigate.
After discussions with you, one of our Chartered Surveyors will inspect the property and compile a RICS Building Survey Report. This Report is tailored to your specific requirements and follows best practice guidelines from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. A Sample Report is available here.
You can also add a market valuation, for a small additional fee. This is an accurate idea of the market value of a property based on the survey’s findings. This valuation also includes a reinstatement cost assessment, the estimated cost of rebuilding a property in the event of the total loss or substantial damage to a property that requires demolition and rebuilding.
How Much Does A RICS Building Survey Cost?
The RICS Building Survey starts from £1,250 + VAT. The final cost depends largely on the size of the property and its condition.
How Long Does A RICS Building Survey Take?
Why Choose Barnes & Barnes For Your RICS Building Survey?
Before a RICS Building Survey inspection, our team will ask if you have any particular concerns about the property, and afterwards we’ll be on hand to answer any questions you have about the final Report.
At every stage, you’ll be liaising with a dedicated, friendly and efficient team of professionals who understand the pressures of buying a home. Our aim throughout is to give you the information you need to make an informed decision about your new home, and make this part of the process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
Report of the surveys was clear and thorough. The report was delivered on time as well.
Thorough, efficient, and extremely helpful. I would highly recommend Barnes and Barnes, the process was effortless.
If you have any doubts get a professional eye involved. Important issues were highlighted which could have been quite costly. Very detailed report containing pictures. Great service.
Grant highlighted that there are serious issues with a property that we were not aware of, we did not proceed. We learnt later on that had we proceeded with the transaction, it would have a huge financial impact on us.
Great service and quality, very informed response. With reporting. Prompt at carrying out the survey. Good response times when calling or emailing.
Grant Barnes did an excellent job on our level three building survey. He was on time, very thorough, and provided excellent follow up. Would highly recommend.
Very happy with the overall quality and value of our Homebuyers Report from Barnes and Barnes, with a timely follow-up call with our surveyor also much appreciated. Friendly approach from all staff, and our surveyor answered our questions in detail with helpful explanations of technical terms where needed in the call. Would highly recommend.
Really thrilled with the service from Barnes and Barnes, I had a full structural survey and they were super prompt, thorough and helpful with a follow up call.
Extremely thorough, very responsive and super helpful. We are in the process of buying a victorian house and Grant’s level 3 survey is a must to get a comprehensive view of what we’re getting into. Well worth it.
Very efficient and helpful over the phone. I strongly recommend as they take the time to talk you through the process, especially if you are a new home buyer like myself. Thank you for all your help!!
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