Which property survey is right for you? Compare what each home survey offers

There are three main types of home survey, the RICS Level 2 Survey, the RICS Level 3 Survey and the Property Valuation Report. Each of these has a different focus, so buyers should consider which of the three is the right choice for them:

RICS Level 2 SurveyA general survey of a home, including any visible defects or issues. If the property to be surveyed is of standard construction, and was built after 1900, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that the RICS Level 2 Survey is usually the best choice. The report is delivered in a standardised format for easy reference. The RICS Level 2 Survey includes a valuation.

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RICS Level 3 SurveyA more in-depth survey of a property, including all accessible areas of a home. RICS recommend the RICS Level 3 Survey for older properties, or those of non-standard construction. RICS Level 3 Survey reports are tailored by the individual surveyor, and can address any additional questions or concerns. Note that a RICS Level 3 Survey does not include a valuation as standard.

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Property Valuation ReportThe most basic of the three, this report provides an independent, expert opinion, giving you a professional valuation of the property, and helping to stop you from paying too much. However, a property valuation will not include details of defects. This is different to a mortgage valuation which is usually carried out by the lender, simply to determine if they can recoup the value of their loan, if need be, which does not benefit you as a home buyer.

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Next day bookings available

Fast turnaround of report

Local surveyor with local knowledge

All surveyors regulated by RICS
RICS Level 2
RICS Level 3
Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
Identify potential problems
such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including inspecting roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building from ground level
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Can help you negotiate a better property price
Where problems are discovered or a lower valuation is given, buyers are enabled to negotiate a lower buying price
Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy-to-understand format
Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
Exhaustive report
a more indepth survey on construction, issues and defects
Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
Ongoing maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
Building reinstatement costs
Included for insurance purposes
Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
Appropriate for unusual property types
Suitable for a older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
Advice for your solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.
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