RICS Building Survey
Home Survey Standards – This service is delivered in accordance with the Home survey standard (1st edition) RICS professional statement and is equivalent to Level 3. We use our own custom templates for this now due to the standardisation and a copy is available on request we no longer use RICS or SAVA forms
The most comprehensive report currently available from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) suite of building surveys, based around what was formally known as a Full Structural Survey and is now known as a Level 3 survey.
The RICS Building Survey is a thorough internal and external investigation of all the assessable areas of a building. So, This is then reviewed with information about the construction of the building and any information about extensions, modifications. That needs to be addressed.
This is all then assessed in the RICS Home Surveys Suites traffic light system. With each item given a rating based on its current condition. And a detailed description will be given as well as advice from your surveyor on how and when to address them appropriately.
The RICS Building Survey is well suited to unusual properties. Older or non-standard construction properties were buildings which are away from the status quo. They are most typically commissioned for older properties. Whether listed or not and are valuable for understanding the common issued associated with their original methods of construction, as well as giving new owners advice on the best methods to preserve or maintain their condition and rectify problems before they become devastating to the property.
Where our traditional building stock has been modernized, altered or extended a RICS Building Survey will be able to investigate if these modern methods of construction are affecting the traditionally built building such as PVC or Cement, which in modern houses designed to be kept dry function surprisingly well but in older traditional stock designed to have breathability there inclusion can lead to all sorts of moisture retention and this can lead to rot or beetle infestation.
Your Building Survey will investigate all these issues and look for the tell-tale signs of them, and if found and appropriate offer advice and possible remedy unless the additional investigation is required but it will detail this within the survey.
Another great use for a RICS Building survey is if you are buying a home with the intention of carrying out extensive refurbishment or it has been derelict or unloved for some time, the survey will better inform your work schedules can look for the signs of hidden issues such as rot and beetle infestation as well as structural movement.
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