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RICS Condition Report

Not sure which type of survey you need?  See RICS' Guide to survey reports below to help you decide:







Type of Property

Conventional house or flat built from common building materials in reasonable condition

Conventional property in reasonable condition

All.  Particularly suitable for listed, large, older or rundown, unusual or altered, buildings.

Report Format

RICS traffic light system

RICS traffic light system

Surveyors standard format

Describes the construction and condition of the property on the date of inspection.

Aims to identify any problems that need urgent attention or are serious.

Aims to identify things that need to be investigated further to prevent serious damage

Aims to tell you about problems that may be hazardous

Aims to show up potential issues and defects, before any transaction takes place

Includes the standard visual inspection during which secured panels, electrical fittings, inspection chamber covers and other similar features are not removed

Aims to help you decide whether you need extra advice before committing to purchase

Aims to help you prepare a budget for any repairs or restoration

Aims to advise you on the amount of ongoing maintenance required in the future

An enhanced service that includes all the features of the standard inspection plus a more extensive roof space and underground inspection

Provides a reinstatement cost to help you avoid under-or over-insurance

Provides market valuation

Aims to establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future

Aims to describe visible defects, plus exposing potential problems posed by hidden defects

Aims to outline the repair options and give you a repair timeline, whilst explaining the consequences of not acting

A longer and more detailed visual inspection of a wider range of issues including a more thorough consideration of the roof space, grounds floors and services.