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SAVA Home Condition Survey

Not sure what a SAVA Home Condition Survey is?  See below for more information:

A Home Condition Survey is produced by a surveyor who is a member of the SAVA HCS Scheme. The surveyor provides an objective opinion about the condition of the property at the time of inspection.
The Home Condition Survey is in a standard format and is covered by SAVA. The surveyor may provide you with other services, but these will not be covered by SAVA and so must be covered by a separate contract.  

SAVA exists to ensure a fair and professional service to the consumer. To be a member of SAVA and produce Home Condition Surveys, the surveyor has to:

  • Pass an assessment of skills, in line with National Occupational Standards
  • Hold the Diploma in Home Inspection or equivalent
  • Have insurance that provides cover if a surveyor is negligent
  • Follow the inspection standards and code of conduct set by SAVA
  • Lodge all reports with the central SAVA register for regular monitoring of competence
  • Have a complaints procedure which includes an escalation route to SAVA
  • Participate in a Criminal Records check
  • SAVA will revoke membership if a surveyor fails to maintain the expected professional or ethical standards.  

The aim of the report is to tell you about any defects and to help make an informed decision on whether to go ahead and buy a property.

It tells you:

  • About the construction and condition of the home on the date it was inspected 
  • Whether more enquiries or investigations are needed before you buy a property
  • The Reinstatement Cost for insurance purposes

The report applies 'condition ratings' to the major parts of the main building (it does not give condition ratings to outbuildings or landscaping). The property is broken down into separate parts or elements and each element is given a condition rating 1, 2, 3 or NI (Not inspected).

What the report does not tell you:

  • The report does not tell you the value of your home or cover matters that will be considered when a valuation is provided, such as the area the home is in or the availability of public transport or facilities
  • It does not tell you about any minor defects that would not normally affect your decision to buy
  • The report does not give advice on the cost of any repair work or the types of repair which should be used
  • Domestic properties are not covered by the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, and the surveyor will not carry out an asbestos survey of any part of the building, nor will he/she take samples of suspect materials. However, the common areas of blocks of flats and apartments are covered by the Regulations, and are normally the responsibility of the managing agent or residents' association. The regulations require those responsible for the building to assess the common areas for the presence of asbestos and to establish a plan to manage any asbestos containing materials present. The surveyor will assume that such a plan exists and that those responsible have taken adequate steps to assure the safety of residents. It is the responsibility of the prospective purchaser of the property to ensure that this process has been completed.

  • If you need advice on subjects that are not covered by the Home Condition Survey, you must arrange for it to be provided separately

What is inspected?

The surveyor undertakes a visual inspection of the inside and outside of the main building and all permanent outbuildings. The surveyor also inspects the parts of the gas, electricity, water and drainage services that can be seen but will not test the services.  

Example SAVA Home Condition Survey