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Which Level of Survey?

This is often a difficult decision to make but the information below will give you some guidance. 

If you have any questions, or are having trouble making a decision, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Simon via the Contact page - he's always happy to help.

If you would like a Valuation as well as a Survey we can add one on for you.

Survey Level One - Condition Report

Suitable for a modern (less than about 20 years old) property built from common building materials (for example brick or timber) that appears to be in reasonable condition.


It focuses purely on the condition of the property and includes the following:

  • a description of what each part of the property is made of

  • any defects found with red (urgent repair), amber (not so urgent) and green (no repair needed) ‘traffic light’ ratings

  • advice on guarantees, planning, and building control matters for your legal adviser to follow up on

Survey Level Two - Homebuyer Report

Suitable for properties built from about 1850 onwards, that are made from common building materials and that appear to be in reasonable condition.

Choose this report if you need more extensive information whilst buying or selling It costs a little more than the Level One Survey but includes:

  • all of the features in the Condition Report

  • a more in depth inspection than for a Level 1 Survey

  • details of how to deal with any defects found and when repairs should be done

  • advice where parts of the property may need more regular maintenance than normal

  • details of any legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your purchase (for example shared access or issues with the boundaries)

  • information on location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency

Survey Level Three - Building Survey

Choose this Survey if you’re dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or significantly altered, or if you’re planning major works.

It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property and requires more time on site. It includes:

  • all the features of the Condition and Homebuyer Reports

  • a more in depth inspection than for a Level 3 Survey

  • a more detailed report

  • advice on potential problems that could be caused by hidden flaws

  • detail on the likely consequences of not dealing with the issues found

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