Surveys

As an RICS regulated company, Wordsworth Surveyors Ltd is required to conform to the Home survey standard published by the RICS in November 2019. The document benchmarks the levels of service for Chartered Surveyors undertaking inspections of residential property and reporting on condition. 

There are 3 levels of reporting set out in the Home survey standard. Level 1 is the lowest level requiring the least amount of detail in both the inspection and report. The two further levels of survey offer increasing levels of detail and advice.

Wordsworth Surveyors Ltd does not undertake Level 1 surveys. A guide to the two upper levels of survey is set out below. If you have any queries, please do contact us for further advice.

All our surveys are carried out by a Chartered Surveyor and member of the RICS Valuation Registration Scheme. If you are unsure which service best suits your needs, please do contact us.

Level 2 - Homebuyer Survey

This level of service is for clients who are seeking a professional opinion at an economic price. It is, therefore, less comprehensive than a level three service. The focus is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of a property. 

This intermediate level of service includes an extensive visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds, but still without tests. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars).

The report objectively describes the condition of the different elements and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. At this level, although it is concise, the report does include advice about repairs and any ongoing maintenance issues. Where I am unable to reach a conclusion with reasonable confidence, a recommendation for further investigations will be made. 

This level of service suits a broad range of conventionally built properties. However, it is unlikely to suit complex buildings, for example those that have been extensively extended and altered.

Although survey level two services may be appropriate for some older buildings, it can result in numerous referrals for further investigation. In these instances, a Level 3 Building Survey may be more appropriate.

 

The Homebuyer Survey does not include a Market Valuation, but this can be added if required.

Level 3 - Building Survey 

This level of service is for clients who are seeking a professional opinion based on a detailed assessment of the property. 

The service consists of a detailed visual inspection of the building, its services and the grounds and is more extensive than a survey level two. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars). Although the services are not tested, they are observed in normal operation – in other words, they are switched on or off and/or operated where the occupier has given permission and it is safe to do so. 

The report objectively describes the form of construction and materials used for different parts of the property. It describes the condition and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. Additionally, it will: 

- describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects in areas not inspected 

- propose the most probable cause(s) of the defects based on the inspection 

- outline the likely scope of any appropriate remedial work and explain the likely consequences of non-repair 

- make general recommendations in respect of the priority and likely timescale for necessary work and 

Where an I am unable to reach the necessary conclusions with reasonable confidence, I will refer the matter for further investigations. However, at survey level three such referrals are the exception rather than the rule. A survey level three report aims to provide the client with all the information they need to make a decision.

The Building Survey does not include a Market Valuation, but this can be added if required.

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