Residential Building Survey

Row of restored Victorian house in red bricks and white finishing on a local street in Clapham, South London, UK

What is a Building Survey?

A RICS Building Survey (previously known as a Full Structural Survey) is a comprehensive inspection of the condition of the building an is suitable for all properties. It is strongly recommended for properties that:
  • Are over 70 years old.  
  • Have been altered/extended or if you plan such work.
  • Are in poor condition.

Pre-purchase surveys are most often instructed by a purchaser once an offer has been accepted on a property. Buying a property is the biggest investment an individual will make. A pre-purchase inspection will identify any major defects such as subsidence and less obvious, uninsurable defects like rising damp. 

If you plan to make alterations to or extend a property, a Building Survey can include advice on the feasibility of planned work and any issues that could impact these such as shared drains or access rights.  A Building Survey will also advise on future maintenance required and the life expectancy of various external building elements, including roof coverings, windows and rainwater goods. 

Our Building Survey report will use plain language and annotated photographs to explain any matters of concern. The report will ensure that you are able to make an informed decision and will either give you the peace of mind that you are making a sound investment or provide the ammunition to negotiate on price, or to arrange for necessary works to be carried out. 

How much does a RICS Building Survey cost?

The cost of a building survey will depend on the size and complexity of the house that we are asked to survey. Our Building Surveys start from £600. Please call or email us to receive a Building Survey quote.