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.

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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 Give Me?

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.

How Much Does A RICS Building Survey Cost?

The RICS Building Survey starts from £1,000 + VAT. The final cost depends largely on the size of the property and its condition.

How Long Does A RICS Building Survey Take?

After a full inspection of your property by one of our Chartered Surveyors, our RICS Building Survey Report is usually available for your consideration within a week of the inspection.

Why Choose Barnes & Barnes For Your RICS Building Survey?

At Barnes & Barnes, we pride ourselves on providing a professional and impartial service. We’re committed to giving you clear, impartial and expert advice on all things property surveys, valuations and party wall services.

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.

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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.

Sem H March 22
Sem H

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!!

Carlo G March 22
Carlo G

Barnes and Partners carried out a probate valuation for me following the death of my wife. It all went well and was completed in around a week.

Guy T March 22
Guy T

The biggest benefit of Barnes and Barnes was that we felt secure in our purchase.

Nicole First Time Buyer, Victorian House
Nicole

Grant and his team were responsive and friendly producing a very thorough report within agreed timescales.

Claudine  Dec 2021
Claudine

Barnes and Barnes were recommended to me, and I would definitely recommend them to others myself. I commissioned them to do a Home Buyer Report. The Report was thorough and very informative. The surveyor was also available for a follow-up phone call. I had the impression they really care about their job, which is very reassuring as a property buyer.

F Carlotto Dec 2021
F Carlotto

Valuation of residential property. An informative report was produced on time and for a reasonable price. Helpful and polite staff.

B Smith October 2021
B Smith

Mr Barnes was very helpful in identifying important defects in the house which we were planning to purchase, and as a result, we were able to avoid a bad bargain. His surveying report was also extremely detailed and well-written, and his advice very professional. We would definitely recommend his firm to others.

E Chan October 21
E Chan

I commissioned a probate valuation survey from Barnes & Barnes of my late father’s flat in Islington for inheritance tax purposes. I do not live in Islington and needed an accurate valuation from professionals who are familiar with the area and know the local property market. Grant carried out a thorough survey and the valuation report was well-reasoned and easy to follow. I was and am very pleased with the service I received.

J Mitchell September 2021
J Mitchell

The survey was arranged speedily and efficiently and carried out on the day specified. The report was full and produced to a good standard although it took slightly longer than the time originally indicated. The post report discussions with the surveyor himself were very helpful.

S Smith September 2021
S Smith
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