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Building Survey and Homebuyer Comparisons

The table below is a brief comparison of the Building Survey and RICS HomeBuyer Service.


RICS HomeBuyer Service

Building Survey

Type of property

Traditional houses, flats, bungalows and so on, in apparently reasonable condition.

Any residential or other property, in any condition

Type of service

A shorter, less detailed report in a standard format

A detailed report that is tailored to suit your needs

Aim of service

To help you:

  • make a reasoned and informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying the property;

  • make an informed decision on what is a reasonable price to pay for the property;

  • take account of any repairs or replacements the property needs; and

  • consider what other advice you need to take before exchanging contracts

To give you:

  • a detailed assessment of the condition and construction of the property; and

  • technical advice on any problems and work needed to put the right

Special features

Provides condition ratings for elements of the building, services and any garages and permanent outbuildings

Provides full details of the property’s construction, materials, uses, defects, and need for future maintenance


Included as part of the RICS HomeBuyer Service

May be provided as an agreed extra

Form of report

RICS HomeBuyer Report which is a compact, standard format

In the surveyor’s own format and usually longer, more detailed and technical than the RICS HomeBuyer Report

  • Our team of experienced Chartered Building Surveyors offer pre-survey advice free of charge and we aim to guide you in the right direction.

Please contact us to discuss the property you intend to purchase and your requirements, to obtain a personalised quotation.