RICS Building Survey – Residential
Formerly called a structural survey, this type of building survey is suitable if you are dealing with a large, older or run down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you are planning major works. It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property. It includes:
- a thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues, including photographs;
- a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws;
- and advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.
- A building survey does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.
The report will provide you with a clear indication of defects requiring urgent repair, matters requiring further investigation and we will advise on short, medium and long-term maintenance issues. We will include photographs and refer to these throughout.
A Building Survey offers more peace of mind than a Home Buyers Report as it is far more comprehensive and the surveyor has a legal responsibility to find and report major problems. If they miss something that subsequently becomes an issue, you may be able to claim compensation.
A Building Survey is suitable for the following types of property or circumstance
- If the building is dilapidated or run down
- If it is an older or large property
- If it is a listed building
- If it has unusual construction materials (e.g. timber construction or thatch roof)
- Where the building has been extensively altered
- Where major renovation or conversion is planned
If the building is a new build (less than 10 years old) it should have appropriate warranty / guarantees and therefore a Full Structural survey may not be necessary.
Examples of the kind of issues that can be highlighted in a Building Survey are
- Foundation issues, subsidence or land-slip
- Supporting walls altered or moved
- Damaged brickwork or stonework
- Damaged or removed lintels
- Rotten or damaged window frames
- Infestations like woodworm
- Party wall issues
- Roof problems
- Plumbing, electrical work or insulation issues
- Work carried our without planning permission
- DIY improvements
- Use of hazardous materials