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RICS Home Surveys in Chester

Level 2 Home Surveys (Homebuyer Reports)
Level 3 Home Surveys (Building Surveys)

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CJ Bloor Property Consultants specialise in providing Level 2 and Level 3 RICS Home Surveys and are proud to be one of the leading firms of chartered surveyors in Chester.

What is a RICS Home Survey?

RICS stands for Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is the gold standard when it comes to quality assurance.

A RICS Home Survey is an assessment of a property’s condition. There are three levels of survey, 1, 2 & 3.  Level 1 is the most basic survey, and Level 3 is the most comprehensive. RICS Home Surveys are now undertaken in accordance with the new RICS Survey Standard.

Types of RICS Home Survey

We offer two types of RICS Home Survey:

RICS Home Survey (Level 2) – Previously the HomeBuyer Report

RICS Home Survey (Level 3) – Previously the Building/Structural Survey

You can find guidance on choosing the right survey for your needs here.

RICS Home Survey
(Level 2)

This survey is suitable for conventional properties in reasonable condition. The report is written in a standard format set out by the RICS, providing ratings of each element of the property in a ‘traffic light’ system. It provides ratings on all permanent structures in the property, e.g. garages and conservatorys. It also highlights important problems that could affect the property’s value as well as giving on-going maintenance advice for the property.

A full description of the RICS Home Survey (Level 2) can be found here. 

You can view a sample Home Survey (Level 2) Report here.

RICS Home Survey
(Level 3)

This is a more comprehensive report, offering a detailed inspection of the inside and outside. This type of survey is recommended if the property is particularly old, made of unconventional material (like thatch or timber), or has had significant building work done to it. Similarly, if you intend to do building work to the property, a RICS Home Survey (Level 3) would be the best choice of survey.

A full description of the RICS Home Survey (Level 3) can be found here. 

You can view a sample Home Survey (Level 3) Report here.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Buying a property is likely to be the largest purchase you make in your life.

Be safe in the knowledge that the property you are purchasing is structurally sound and free from any serious defects by having a survey undertaken.

Still looking for help?

How much does a home survey cost?

The cost of a home survey depends on the level of survey as well as the size and complexity of the property. Prices generally range from between £300 and £700 (exclusive of VAT).

Is it worth getting a home survey?

Yes, getting a home survey done will reduce the risk of you purchasing a house with major defects which could end up costing you a significant amount of money in the future. You may also be able to use it to reduce the purchase price.

How long does a home survey take?

The inspection normally takes between 2 and 4 hours depending on how large and/or complex the building is. The surveyor will inspect the outside of the property and then the inside, taking detailed notes along the way.

How long will it take to receive the home survey report?

The surveyor will aim to issue the home survey report within 5 working days depending on the level of survey and provided they do not require any additional information.

Can I buy a house without a home survey?

Yes you can purchase a property without a survey, but it is not recommended, as it exposes you to the risk of the property being defective.

Can I use the home survey to negotiate the purchase price?

Yes, if the surveyor identifies defects then these can be used as leverage to reduce the purchase price, although the state of the market will also be a factor, e.g. in a strong market, there may be significant demand for the property, which would make negotiating more difficult.