RICS Building Survey

If you require a detailed inspection and comprehensive report on all elements of the property, we would recommend the RICS Building Survey.

The RICS Building Survey is suitable for:

Listed Buildings
a building that is on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Older Properties
recommended for properties over 50 years old
Buildings constructed in an unusual way, regardless of age
Buildings that you intend to renovate or change
Buildings that have already been renovated or significantly altered
front elevation of detached stone house

A building survey will give you a clear, impartial and detailed assessment, including a comprehensive breakdown of any issues and actions that you might need to plan and budget for which is invaluable if you are negotiating a purchase price.

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The survey will inspect all visible and accessible parts of a building, including; roofs, walls, floors, windows & doors, chimneys, cellars, garages & outbuildings.

As Chartered Building Surveyors we have a legal responsibility to identify and inform of any major problems with a property.

During the building inspection we will actively search for potential problems and building defects. This includes looking into cupboards, under floors (where possible) and manholes, and an inspection of the services.  It does not, however, investigate enclosed or concealed parts of a building, such as sealed roof spaces.

As we use the RICS Building Survey format, it uses the same traffic light rating system as in the RICS Homebuyer Report but provides greater detail in the narrative. It also includes:

  • a more thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues
  • a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws
  • an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity, including approximate costs for works required
  • advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.

If you are buying a property, we offer three types of residential surveys:

Cost effective report that highlights only urgent or significant defects

A detailed inspection on the main structural elements of the property

A comprehensive report following a detailed inspection on all elements of the property

Ovolo Building Consultancy provides Residential Surveys throughout Yorkshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Greater Manchester.

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