Decide what type of survey to get

Last Updated: 29th Apr, 2024

Author: Charlotte Burton

Decide what type of survey to get

There are 3 types of survey, with different levels of detail & cost, to pick from:

🥉 RICS Home Survey – Level 1

  • This is the most basic survey and is generally suitable for modern properties that appear to be in good condition.
  • It provides a basic overview of the property’s condition and highlights significant issues but does not offer detailed advice on repairs or maintenance.
  • Typically, this survey is less popular because it may not provide enough information about significant issues.
  • It costs £300-900

🥈 RICS Home Survey – Level 2

  • This is a more detailed survey and is suitable for a broad range of conventionally built properties that are in reasonable condition.
  • It covers major problems and provides advice on repairs and maintenance.
  • However, it's not suitable for properties that have been significantly altered or are in poor condition.
  • It costs £400-1,000

🥇 RICS Home Survey – Level 3

  • This is the most comprehensive type of survey.
  • It includes a detailed visual inspection of the property, including concealed areas like roof spaces and cellars, if safe to access.
  • This survey is particularly suitable for older properties, those in poor condition, or properties that have undergone major alterations.
  • It provides an in-depth analysis of the property's condition, potential risks, defects, and necessary repairs.
  • It costs £600-1,500

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