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  • The Townhouse Hertford, Herts, SG14 1AJ
  • mail@westsidegroup.co.uk
  • 020 3937 6016

BUILDING SURVEYING

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COMPANY:
Westside Services Limited
LOCATION:
The Townhouse Hertford, Herts, SG14 1AJ
EMAILS:
mail@westsidegroup.co.uk
PHONE:
020 3937 6016

BUILDING SURVEYING

A home is the most expensive purchase most people ever make. As an owner you will benefit from expert advice on the condition of your property - whether you plan to live in it, rent it out or sell it.

In an RICS Home Survey one of our Chartered Surveyors conducts an in-depth visual inspection of the property. Their report provides an expert account of the property's condition and highlights any problems with clear and easy to understand 'traffic light' ratings.

Different homes require different types of survey. This video and the information below explains which survey we recommend for each property type. However, you should always discuss your requirements with our team who will be able to advise you further.

Survey level one: RICS Home Condition Report (HCR)

The RICS Condition Report describes the condition of the property, identifies any risks and potential legal issues and highlights any urgent defects. It uses simple ‘traffic light’ ratings to clearly identify the condition of the key elements of the property. Typically, the lowest priced of the surveys, it is aimed at conventional properties and newer homes.

Survey level two: RICS HomeBuyer Report (HBR)

This is most suitable for conventional properties which are in reasonable condition. The report gives you more detailed information and provides the choice of either a survey or a survey & valuation.

  1. HomeBuyer Report (Survey)
    Includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice
  2. HomeBuyer Report (Survey & Valuation)
    Includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report, plus a market valuation and insurance rebuild costs. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the value of the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice

Survey level three: RICS Building Survey

Essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works. The most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property's condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.

A survey should not be confused with a mortgage valuation report. The mortgage valuation will give your mortgage lender assurance for its loan. It will not give you an assessment of the condition of the property, or advice about repairs and maintenance.

According to a recent survey of home buyers, of the one in four who relied solely on a mortgage valuation report, 25% needed to undertake unplanned work in the first year, amounting to an average cost of over £1,100 (RICS/GfK NOP Business research).

Be prepared with an RICS Home Survey

Having a survey conducted by one of our Chartered Surveyors will give you,

  • Peace of mind that you know the property and the risks it may carry
  • Confidence that you can make an offer that reflects the true circumstances of the property (e.g. how an owner maintains its condition or how a vendor protects the sale)
  • Reassurance that your surveyor is delivering a high quality, reliable and cost-effective service based on RICS standards of practice
  • A clear understanding of your property thanks to a report written in plain English with simple colour-coding to illustrate the surveyor’s findings.

By commissioning an RICS Home Survey you can feel assured that the service you receive is impartial and reliable.

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