RICS Home Surveys

A house purchase is almost certainly the most expensive and important financial decision a family will make. This makes it essential to ensure that the condition of the property is known before entering into a contract. Being alerted to undisclosed issues can give you additional bargaining power to re-negotiate the sale price or even lead you to pull out altogether.

Perhaps more important than that is the years of problems you might have to deal with both with the property itself and its possible reduction in value should the faults be found after the purchase has been completed.

If you’re selling a home a survey can help you secure the agreed price and protect the sale.

Forge Property Consultants are members of RICS - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors,  a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property and construction sectors.

Our membership of RICS assures you that we have the expertise and qualifications required to provide you with a detailed and accurate "health check" on the condition of the home. We will provide you with an account of the property's condition, highlighting any problem areas in an easy to understand report.

There are three levels of surveys undertaken by RICS members:

Level 1 — RICS Condition Report

A report on the condition of the property
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Level 2 — RICS HomeBuyer Report

A report providing more detailed information on the condition of the property and includes a valuation
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Level 3 — RICS Building Survey

A report including detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property
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Level 1 — RICS Condition Report

A report on the condition of the property; suitable if you are buying, selling or living in a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in good condition. It provides the following:

  • easy-to follow indication of the condition of different parts of the building, utility services, garage and any outbuildings. Includes a list of any issues that will require attention, indicating the level of seriousness
  • a risk summary relating to the building's condition and any other matters, Building Control, Planning issues and Guarantees for you to pass on to your solicitor or legal advisor

    Note that an RICS Condition Report doesn't include a valuation. However, we can usually provide this as an extra service should you required it.

Level 2 — RICS HomeBuyer Report

A report providing more detailed information on the condition of the property and includes a valuation; suitable if you are buying, selling or living in a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in good condition. It provides the following:

  • all the features in the Condition Report (Level 1)
  • a more extensive inspection
  • the surveyor’s professional opinion on the ‘Market Value’ of the property
  • an insurance reinstatement figure for the property
  • a list of issues that the surveyor considers could affect the value of the property
  • advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance
  • issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions developing
  • legal issues that need to be addressed before completing the conveyancing process
  • information on the location and the local environment
  • the recorded energy efficiency (where available)

Level 3 — RICS Building Survey

A report including detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property; suitable for large, older properties, properties in poor condition, or if you are planning to carry out renovation work or major structural changes or extensions. It provides the following:

  • a thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues than the level 2 report
  • a description of visible defects and potential problems that could be caused by hidden flaws
  • an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity during the project period
  • advice for your solicitor or legal advisor
  • details of serious risks and dangers due to the condition of the buildings

    Note that an RICS Building Survey doesn't include a valuation or estimated costs of repairs. However, we can usually provide these as an extra service should they be required.


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