RICS Home Survey Level 1

This service is designed for clients (buyers, sellers, and owners) seeking a professional and objective report on the condition of their property at an economic price. As a result, an RICS Home Survey Level 1 is less comprehensive than a Level 2 or Level 3.

  • This level includes a visual inspection that is less extensive than for the other survey levels, and no tests of the building fabric or services are undertaken. The report objectively describes the condition of the building, its services, and the grounds.
  • The report will highlight relevant legal issues, and any obvious risks to the building, people, or grounds. The report will also provide an assessment of the relative importance of any defects and/or problems found at the property.
  • This will include a brief ‘head and shoulders’ look into the loft space.
  • Where our surveyor is unable to reach a conclusion with reasonable confidence, we will provide a recommendation that further investigations should be made.

A RICS Home Survey Level 1 report does not include:

  • Advice on repairs or ongoing maintenance
  • A visual inspection under chamber covers to drains or septic tanks.

This level is best suited to any conventionally built, modern dwellings in a satisfactory condition, but will not suit older or complex properties, or those in a neglected condition.

Home Survey Standard 22 RICS Professional Statement – Effective from 1 March 2021

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If you’re looking to book a home survey, simply complete the form below, providing full property details, and obtain a quote very quickly. If you decide to go ahead and book, we will also conduct the survey on a date and time convenient to you.

By providing us with your email address, you will enable you to register with our online booking system – by doing so, you will be able to log-in to your surveys account at any time to look at your quote(s), monitor the progress of your report(s), communicate with our Client Services Hub, and retrieve your final report(s) via your account.

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Why do I need a home survey?

If you’re considering purchasing a new property, at Watsons we always recommend commissioning your own independent home survey, which will provide you with a clear understanding of the property’s condition. By having a home survey completed, you’re essentially avoiding any additional costs, stress and hassle further down the line, as the survey can help you avoid surprise additional costs for repairs.
The final report provides colour-coded, condition ratings of the property, providing clarity within the report regarding the condition of the property and these are referenced during the internal and external inspection. 
Take a look at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) video below, on the importance of getting a home survey:

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