RICS Surveys

Knowing about potential issues is always advantageous. Choosing the right survey will highlight any serious problems that may arise, as well as highlight the associated risks beforehand, so you can make a more informed decision when it comes time to purchase or sell your property.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the highest authority in surveying, offers three levels of survey that can only be conducted by a certified RICS surveyor. These reports offer convenience and reliability for an economical price point. With this kind of backing from such a trusted source, you know your surveys will have impeccable quality assurance.

RICS Surveyor

Do you need a RICS Survey?

RICS Level 1, formally a Condition Report, is the most basic survey and a great start. It covers everything from the main structure to services, pointing out any defects and noting necessary repairs or maintenance tasks.

RICS Level 2, formally a HomeBuyer Report, goes one step further with more in-depth structural analysis and recommendations for improvement of these areas.

Finally, RICS Level 3, formally the Building Survey, offers a comprehensive overview of the entire property, including detailed reports on any outbuildings or garages

No matter which RICS Home Survey you opt for, you can be sure that Gregory Surveyors will provide a full report with detailed advice and recommendations to make sure that you are making an informed decision when it comes time to buy or sell.

The table below gives an overview of each survey and what it includes. For more information and an example report please navigate to the individual pages.

We will be happy to discuss with you the right choice of a survey for your needs seeking to understand the exact nature of your requirements.

RICS Surveys
Comparison of features

Level 1 Level 2
(survey only)
Level 2
(survey and valuation)
Level 3
Describes the construction and condition of the property on the date of the inspection.
Aims to identify any problems that need urgent attention or are serious.
Aims to identify things that need to be investigated further to prevent serious damage.
Aims to tell you about problems that may be dangerous.
Aims to show up potential issues and defects, before any transaction takes place.
Aims to help you decide whether you need extra advice before committing to purchase.  
Aims to enable you to budget for any repairs or restoration.  
Aims to advise you on the amount of ongoing maintenance required in the future.  
Provides a reinstatement cost to help you avoid under or over-insurance.    
Provides a market valuation.    
Aims to establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future.    
Aims to describe visible defects, plus exposing potential problems posed by hidden defects.    
Aims to outline the repair options and give you a repair timeline, whilst explaining the consequences of not acting.    
Where practical and agreed, provides an estimate of costs for identified repairs.    
Provide specific comments on energy efficiency.    

Which RICS Survey

Which RICS Survey is right for you?

RICS Home Surveys information sheet

Helping you choose the right survey

The RICS Building Survey service

Full breakdown of the service