About this guide
Property surveys are vital when it comes to choosing a house. When you're buying a house, you’ll need to hire a chartered surveyor to organise a house survey and present you with a report on the property’s condition. Compare My Move have created this guide on surveying to bring you everything you need to know.
Regardless of what survey you choose, you will need your surveyor to be RICS regulated. RICS is the regulatory body for chartered surveyors and will mean they are fully qualified and trusted. We take a look at what is RICS to help you spot a reliable surveyor.
Surveying can seem daunting, especially if you're buying your first home. Our surveying guide will explore what is a chartered surveyor to ensure you're fully prepared for the service and process of having a property survey.
Once you understand the process and the importance of having a property survey, you'll need to decide which survey is best for you. Our article on what type of survey do I need will explore each property survey option and highlight which property type it is best suited to.
After you've learnt the best survey type, it's time to hire a property surveyor. There are certain accreditations and factors to look for when hiring a surveyor, we include them throughout our surveying guide, especially in our article on how to find a surveyor.
By having all the important information in one place, with a focus on RICS, what is a chartered surveyor, the best survey for you and hiring a surveyor, you will be fully prepared. After reading through the complete guide, we hope you’ll feel confident about what to expect when having a property survey.
- The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the official body of property professionals. They issue and monitor the highest global standards that their members must adhere to in land, property, infrastructure and construction professions.Read this article
- Compare My Move has created a useful guide to explain what a chartered surveyor is and how hiring one will benefit you with your move.Read this article
- A property surveyor will examine all visible aspects inside and outside the property you’re buying to highlight issues or potential future risks. In most cases, they examine spaces in the property that they can easily access unless they have permission from the seller.Read this article
- In this guide we have included the different types of surveys available, their average costs and which properties they would be suitable for. All this information is to help make the surveying process easier for you.Read this article
- RICS has introduced a new Home Survey Standard to promote transparency and consistency throughout the buying and selling process. The surveys will be called Home Survey Level 1, Home Survey Level 2 and Home Survey Level 3 and will replace Condition Report, HomeBuyers Report and Building Survey.Read this article
- If you’re feeling confused about finding a surveyor when you're buying a house, you’re in the right place. This guide will help you with your search for a trusted and verified chartered surveyor, from when you’ll need to start looking to where to find the best surveyor.Read this article
- Compare My Move explores the basic Valuation Report, a favourite amongst house buyers. This guide explores the cost and timings of a Valuation Report as well as the different types of property valuation.Read this article
- The Level 1 Survey is a type of property survey that provides a basic overview of a property’s condition and the risks it may contain. It is the cheapest but least thorough survey type available.Read this article
- A RICS HomeBuyer Report, now known as a Level 2 Survey, will reveal any damage or repair work needed on a property before you buy it. This guide will explore what the homebuyers survey covers and the costs of a homebuyer survey.Read this article
- Compare My Move explain all you need to know about the Building Survey or Full Structural Survey, including costs, timing, what the report looks like and how it compares with other survey types.Read this article
- Compare My Move explain all the difference between a Homebuyers Report and a Building Survey, including costs, what the reports look like and what issues could be highlighted.Read this article
- For those purchasing a property of historical or architectural importance, Compare My Move explain all you need to know about the Listed Building Survey, including the process and cost.Read this article
- Compare My Move explore all you need to know about Damp Surveys, a specialist property survey aimed at properties that suffer from damp, and why they're so important for potential owners.Read this article
- A Home Report is the document the seller of a property is legally required to produce in Scotland when putting it on the market. It will have been written by a RICS certified surveyor and must be made available to all potential buyers.Read this article
- On average, a Home Report costs between £585 and £820 according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Costs can vary significantly depending on the size of the property, its value, age and the condition it is in.Read this article
- A Single Survey makes up one-third of the Home Report which is legally required when selling a house in Scotland, providing information to potential buyers.Read this article
- We cover all house survey costs in 2022 including; RICS valuation costs, home condition report costs, homebuyers survey costs and building survey costs.Read this article
- There are a variety of questions to ask your surveyor before and after a survey to ensure you understand the results and what it means for the future of your property. To make things easier, Compare My Move has compiled a list of useful questions to help you find the perfect surveyor for you.Read this article
- Waiting for a surveyor can be daunting for any seller, but we have created a list of useful tips to help prepare your home for a survey to encourage better results and keep your mind occupied during the wait.Read this article
- Throughout the majority of the UK, it’s up to the buyer to organise their own survey when buying a house. The seller may also want to arrange a survey to compare reports, but overall, whoever requests the survey must organise it.Read this article
- From asbestos to flat roofs, Compare My Move explore the most common issues found in property surveys, including the costs of remedial action.Read this article
- Subsidence is when the ground beneath your property compresses or sinks, creating an unbalanced foundation. If you suspect your property is suffering from subsidence, you should find a surveyor to inspect the building.Read this article
- Underpinning is a construction method to help strengthen the foundation of properties that are suffering from subsidence. This is when the structure of a property moves, causing the foundation to be unstable.Read this article
- Compare My Move explores the next steps you should take after receiving bad results from a property survey on your new home. We include who to talk to, the steps available to you and what to do to remedy the situation to help you move forward.Read this article
- A buyer is not the legal owner of a property until the contract is signed and exchanged. Until then, it's possible to negotiate a house price down after a survey and this guide can help you through that process.Read this article
- There are several plants that can damage your property which your surveyor will highlight if they’re found during the property survey.Read this article
- Ceiling and wall cracks are often harmless cracks in the paint or plaster from natural movement of the property over time. However, if the cracks turn out to be structural issues, then you will have to seek expert help from a property surveyor.Read this article
- If you’re buying a house that has asbestos, you should proceed with caution and ensure the right steps are carried out to officially detect it. Your mortgage lender may even suggest carrying out a specialist asbestos survey to uncover which materials contain the mineral.Read this article
- Woodworm is a common worry for home buyers and seeing this in a property survey is often a concern. Fortunately, both a RICS Home Survey Level 2 and Level 3 will highlight any signs of previous or live beetle infestations.Read this article
- Having a dry rot survey can be essential to safeguarding and maintaining your property which can identify whether you have dry rot in your home and the best course of action to take if you do.Read this article
- Flat roofs are also a popular type of construction for extensions due to their affordability. However, flat roof houses come with a range of problems that you’ll need to consider.Read this article