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At-a-glance survey comparisons

This table will help you choose the most appropriate survey, but if you have any particular requirements, remember to discuss them with your surveyor before they inspect the property. The surveyor may be able to provide you with extra services, under separate contracts.

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

Note: Extra services can be provided with all surveys but will require a separate contract.

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