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What Sort of Survey Should I Get When Buying a House?



If you’re taking the first steps towards buying your first home, then congratulations! However, before you make an offer and start the process of buying, it’s crucial to ensure that the property is in good condition. This is where getting a survey carried out becomes essential. In this post, we’ll discuss the type of survey you should get when buying a house, and why you need to work with a RICS approved surveyor when hiring surveyors in Norwich.

Why You Need a Survey When Buying a House

A survey is an inspection of the property that you are planning to buy. The main purpose of having the house surveyed is to give you an idea of its condition and identify any defects or issues that might need attention once you buy. A survey is essential when buying a house as it provides you with all the information you need to make an informed decision regarding the purchase.

Different Types of Surveys

There are several types of surveys available for home buyers, and the one you choose will depend on several factors including the age, condition, and location of the property. Some of the most common types of surveys are:


RICS Home Survey Level 2

An RICS Home Survey Level 2 was previously called a homebuyer’s report. This is the most common survey carried out by our surveyors Norwich – learn more here. It is a more basic survey that is suitable for newer properties or properties that are in good condition. If you want to identify any major issues with the house before you make an offer, this is a cost-effective choice. It provides a summary of the property’s condition and further information on any defects that require attention.

RICS Home Survey Level 3

Previously known as a full structural survey or building survey, an RICS Home Survey Level 3 involves a comprehensive inspection of the property. It’s recommended for older properties or those with unique features that might require a more detailed investigation. Norfolk surveyors will be able to identify any significant problems with the property, provide maintenance and repairs advice, and give an estimated cost of repairs.


Snagging Survey

A snagging survey is typically done on new homes, so buyers can check the quality of the work before contracts are exchanged, although not all developers allow them before completion.


Choosing the Right Surveyor

It’s important to choose an experienced, qualified surveyor to carry out your survey. A RICS approved surveyor is a chartered professional who has been assessed and approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). When looking for a surveyor, RICS approval shows that they have met high standards of professionalism and expertise, so you can trust their judgement and recommendations.


Our building surveyors Norwich are RICS approved and have extensive experience in conducting surveys on a number of property types. We have a solid understanding of the local area and are families with the property types in the region. Contact us today for advice and recommendations on the best survey for you.

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