Residential property surveys

As a residential surveyor, the building survey is considered the ‘gold standard’ of reporting to one’s client about this significant milestone event in the purchaser’s life. The inspecting surveyor should be ever mindful of this fact and take this significant responsibility seriously, ensuring that appropriate time is afforded not only during the physical inspection but equally before the inspection takes place, and post-inspection stages too.

This section clearly identifies the differences between the products, helps you produce protocols and methodologies that will support your decision making and takes you through each element of the building survey to help you produce balanced and consistent decisions appropriate for each report. The Home survey standard, RICS professional statement dictates a benchmarking against the three levels of survey on offer.

This section is maintained by Alexander Barton FRICS, based on original material by Larry Russen of BlueBox partners.

Related RICS standards and guidance

RICS standards and guidance: Home survey standard, RICS professional statement

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