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What's the cost of a RICS home survey?

The cost of a home survey is affected by several factors: the size of the property, the complexity of construction, the age and value of the property, and of course the level of detail required for a particular type of survey.

Like most professionals, surveyors charge for their time, so the larger or more complicated the property, the more time is required for conducting the survey and completing their report. Travel time and mileage can also affect the cost.

Some survey types, such as the RICS Level 1 Condition Report, or the RICS Level 2 HomeBuyer Report, are limited in scope, and have a standardised format, so are consequently the cheapest to carry out, usually ranging between £300-£800 for a "typical" home of standardised construction.

If you have an older property, or one of non-standard construction, or if you have concerns about any particular aspect of the property, a Level 1 or Level 2 survey may not be sufficient, and a more detailed report - a full RICS Level 3 Building Survey, would be your better option.

RICS Level 3 Building Surveys usually range from between £450-£1500 depending upon property size and type. It's important to note that a Level 3 Building Survey doesn't include a valuation as standard, so if you need a valuation with your survey you will need to ask, and there will usually be an additional fee.

Although there is a standard RICS Level 3 Building Survey specification, most surveyors have their own format for a Level 3 Building Survey report, and the scope of a Building Survey can be tailored to your requirements, which can also affect the fee. We recommend talking to your prospective surveyors to check what is covered by the survey, and if there are any exclusions, to ensure you are comparing like-with-like in relation to the quoted fees.

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What is the RICS?

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is the organisation responsible for the training and regulation of Chartered Surveyors. To be listed on Local Building Surveyors, surveyors must be either a RICS Member (AssocRICS, MRICS/FRICS) or a Firm Regulated by the RICS, so you can be assured that your survey will be carried out by a qualified regulated professional.

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What type of survey do I need?

Find out more about the different RICS Surveys

There are three standard RICS Survey Levels. Check out the links below to find out more:

RICS Level 1 Condition Report

RICS Level 2 HomeBuyer Report

RICS Level 3 Building Survey


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