Which home survey do I need?

Commissioning a property survey before you exchange contracts is a sensible precaution that can save you thousands in repairs. The expert eye of a trained surveyor is able to spot signs of trouble that the layman simple wouldn’t recognise. From roof defects to structural movement, damp and timber decay, ageing plumbing and electrics, a home survey can help you protect what could well be the biggest investment of your life.

Squarepoint Surveyors are experienced professionals when it comes to building surveys and investigations. As members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), we are able to offer all three levels of RICS home survey and are always happy to discuss which of these would suit you best:

RICS Condition Survey

A Condition Survey is the most basic type of home survey, delivering a brief, easy-to-use description of the property. The report provides an overview of the building, using a handy traffic light system to either reassure that everything is in good order or indicate areas of concern where further investigation is needed. This type of survey is typically only recommended for new or nearly new homes that have been built using conventional materials and methods of construction and that are in good condition.

RICS HomeBuyer Report

The RICS HomeBuyer Report is a popular mid-range survey that is suitable for most modern residential properties in the UK. It is more detailed than a Condition Survey but not as in-depth as a Building Survey. A visual inspection of the property inside and out will form the basis for reporting in a standardised, jargon-free, user-friendly format. This typically includes damp and timber decay, evidence of structural movement, utility services and other apparent defects. A market valuation and reinstatement costs can be added too.

RICS Building Survey

Formerly known as a full structural survey, a Building Survey is the most comprehensive inspection and report available. It is recommended for older properties, period homes and listed buildings. It is also the best choice for buildings of non-standard construction and those that require, or have undergone, major alterations or renovations.

A Building Survey will give you a wealth of information about identified major and minor defects and other issues, and includes cost estimates for repair, maintenance advice and recommendations for further investigations.

The consequences of ‘buying blind’ without getting a home survey can be very costly indeed. At Squarepoint Surveyors, we would always recommend that you obtain an impartial, in-depth opinion to inform your property purchase.

For more information about all our surveying services and to discuss your particular property purchase, please feel free to get in touch.

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Really helpful team at Squarepoint, on hand to help with any queries and take you through the whole process clearly and at a pace guided by you. Our party wall surveyor, Adam, was great at communicating and efficient throughout  the whole process, could not ask for more.

I had been hunting for a simple job that required a surveyor’s expertise, but had been struggling to find trust throughout my enquiries, until I spoke to Adam.

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I recently hired Adam to help with a party wall award required on both sides of my terraced house.

He was able to liaise with both parties to answer their initial questions/concerns, which led to them both appointing him as the agreed surveyor, which saved me time and money.

Adam prepared the final award comprehensively and quickly. I would thoroughly recommend him and his friendly Admin assistant Eve.

From the very first time I called Scott, he was very attentive to my requirements for a building survey. From the outset he noted down my areas of concern, updated me with progress prior to the survey and gave me a thorough debrief after the survey. The quality of his report was excellent, very easy to understand and, importantly, comprehensive.

I was extremely pleased with the excellent service provided by Scott Buchanan of Squarepoint Chartered Surveyors, and  I hope to contact yourselves in due course with a view to getting further advice.

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The team at Squarepoint were very helpful, knowledgeable and understanding when dealing with my loft conversion and party wall agreement.”

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Fast and friendly service with an extremely thorough survey. The Surveyor’s phone call to explain the findings of the report, before the official survey was sent, was invaluable.

I used Squarepoint for a party wall agreement. From my initial conversation with Eve through to Adam completing the party wall award, the process was smooth, professional and timely given the challenges of COVID lockdown. Thank you for your great service.