Feature Basic Valuation RICS Condition Report RICS Homebuyer Survey Building Survey*
A formal valuation of the property e.g during a matrimonial dispute or probate X
Independent valuation to help you avoid overpaying for the property X X
Provides reinstatement cost for insurance purposes X X X
Identifies any problems that need urgent attention or require further investigation X X X
Can help you negotiate a better property price X X X
Helps avoid unexpected costly repairs after you move in X X X
Suitable when buying a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition X X X
Identifies legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your purchase X X X
Identifies issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions. X X X
Establishes how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future X
Suitable for older properties or extensively modified buildings or one in need of modernisation X
A more detailed visual inspection of a wider range of issues including a more thorough consideration of the roof space, ground floors and services X

* Building Surveys do not include a Market Valuation or Rebuilding Cost Estimate as they are often instructed in tandem with a mortgage lender’s Basic Valuation which will already contain these figures