RICS Home Surveys in St Helens
Level 2 Home Surveys (Homebuyer Reports)
Level 3 Home Surveys (Building Surveys)
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 St Helens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors meaning we can be trusted to deliver the highest standards of service at the lowest possible price.
Lowest Home Survey Prices in St Helens
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.