RICS Building Survey
The RICS Building Survey is a third tier survey offered by AJA Surveyors under the direction of RICS.
This type of survey is ideal for any property where you want to understand in more detail what the property is really like. It’s designed to dig much deeper than the two lower tier survey reports. It’s an ideal survey for older properties built in a non-standard manner, such as listed buildings or those that you may believe to have structural issues or problems with the fabric of the building.
Older buildings with ‘character’ are often very attractive purchases; something a little different from the ‘cookie cutter’ homes that typically line our streets. They can be in hot demand too, particularly in London and surrounding areas. The demand is so high in some places that potential buyers accept levels of building defects and areas of repair, often far beyond just decorative, others buying more modern properties would not. All because there is a greater level of acceptance that the property will likely need significant reconditioning and refurbishment. It’s really important when buying a property of this nature to have a RICS building survey carried out by a chartered surveyor as this building survey will dig much deeper in to the fabric of the building and surrounding property.
Even if the building isn’t that old or in particularly poor condition a full building survey can still be warranted. For instance: the architecture of the building might be considered unusual or have unusual structural features. The property may have had significant additions or improvements made to it that can easily hide a multitude of potential problems. The property and it’s buildings may be in an area prone to flooding or subsidence, either of which can have serious long term implications to the buildings structure.
The survey covers the following areas:
A thorough inspection is carried out by the building surveyor. He will inspect the inside and outside or the main buildings and any and all permanent outbuildings. He will make a record of the building construction and any defects that are evident. The intent is to inspect as much of the property that is possible. Any areas not accessible and not inspected will be noted.
The inspector will look at the fabric of the building by forcing it open, but not without the consent of the owner or if he feels there is risk of injury or causing damage.
The inspecting surveyor will lift fitted carpets, floor coverings and floorboards. Furniture and cupboards will be moved, including their contents if necessary. Roof spaces and underfloor areas will be examined, with any secured panels or electrical fittings will be removed or undone to facilitate access.
The surveyor will use equipment such as a damp-meter, torches, binoculars and ladders. He also carries out a desk-top study and will make oral enquires for information concerning the property.
Services To The Property
The property surveyor will check the property for services that are supplied – gas, electricity, sewerage, etc. He won’t be carrying out any tests on them and a visual inspection doesn’t assess services for safety.
Outside The Property
The surveyor looks at fences, wall bounding the property, permanent outbuildings and shared use areas. If the property has a swimming pool or other sports facilities, these are considered as permanent outbuildings. Leisure facilities such as tennis courts and the pool itself along with landscaping facilities are not inspected.
Inspection focuses on the outside facades of the building and their condition, along with halls and stairways. In this survey, the inspecting surveyor does inspect other building facilities such as lifts, alarms and drainage, testing them for normal daily operation.
Dangerous Materials, Contamination and Environmental issues
The building surveyor makes enquiries regarding contamination and other potential environmental risks, and will make recommendations for further investigation is any issues come to his attention.
The Benefits Of This Type Of Survey Include
- Helps identify possible problems useful in price negotiations
- It’s suitable for all properties.
- Highlights areas needing urgent attention.
- Provides advice to your legal advisors.
- Provides professional advice on maintenance and repairs
- Provides a comprehensive report on construction and defects.
Property and building surveyors AJA Surveyors are based in London and work throughout the UK, so if you feel the RICS Building Survey is right for your next property move, call or email us today or use the form in the sidebar.