Which survey is right for you?

Put simply, there are four main products available to you. As a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Castle Surveyor’s service provides all four reports via our qualified surveyors – all of whom are local to your home.

We’ve been helping customers with their home purchases for many years now so we’re confident that we can help you make the right choice for your next move.

The table below shows you the main differences between each of the four reports, and gives you a snapshot comparison of the key differences.

You can also view and print off a copy of the Description of ServiceDownload

Survey Level 1 RICS Condition Report Survey Level 2 RICS Homebuyer Report (Survey) Service Survey Level 2 RICS Homebuyer Report (Survey & Valuation) Service Building Survey
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 serious 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 upon request
Provides a market valuation. Yes  upon request
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

Property Surveys Explained

Updated on 2023-11-13T14:11:54+00:00, by Castle Surveyors.