Building Surveying

If you’re buying a house or commercial property it is essential that you fully understand the condition of that property and the potential cost of any repairs or maintenance or if it is a new home that the builder is handing over a perfectly finished home.

We understand that property is always a huge financial investment with risk attached and we aim to provide you with the peace of mind that you are making an informed decision.

Chandler Shipton provide a complete range of surveys and we will ensure that you always have the opportunity to speak to a surveyor to discuss your specific requirements and budget in full before committing to a survey.
The surveys that we offer are as follows:

RICS Home Condition Report (HCR)

RICS Home Condition Report (Survey level one) Choose this report if you’re buying, selling or living in a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in good condition.

It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:

  • clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that require varying degrees of attention
  • a summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and other matters including guarantees, planning and building control issues for your legal advisers.

An RICS Condition Report does not include a valuation of the value of the property.

For a detailed description of the RICS Condition Report Service leaflet visit


Benefits of the RICS Condition Report:

  • It is a very basic ‘traffic light’ survey and the cheapest, costing from as little as £350 + VAT.
  • The traffic light condition ratings system enables the findings to be highlighted a way that is easily understood by people with no construction or building knowledge.
  • It has a clear structure
  • It gives you an impartial assessment of a property.

Home Buyers Report (Survey Only) HBRS

This is most suitable for conventional properties which are in reasonable condition. The report gives you more detailed information and includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice. The Home Buyers report is also available with property valuation known as a HBRSV however Chandler Shipton do not undertake property valuations so do not offer the HBRSV service. Only licensed RICS Valuers should undertaken HBRSVs.

Building or full structural survey

You should choose an RICS Building Survey if you’re dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works.

It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property.

It includes:

  • a thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues
  • a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws
  • an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity and
  • advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.

An RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation of the value of the property.

We offer estimated costs of repairs if required.

For further information please contact us.

New-build snagging survey

So you’ve just bought a brand new home, a lovely property that has just been built. What could possibly be wrong with it?

Unfortunately many people find when they move in ‘a lot’.

In our experience the average ‘new-build’ property will typically have between 50 and 150 defects within it, which could amount to thousands of pounds to rectify in many cases.

Defects range from simple items, such as paint finishes being poor quality, to more serious issues, such as faulty plumbing, poorly fitted windows and structural cracking (to name but a few).

What we do to protect your interests

Our trained RICS surveyors complete their independent snagging reports in 3 important stages:

  1. We go into your property and produce a formal snagging list which itemises all the visible defects within the property.
  2. We state next to each defect what action needs to be undertaken to rectify the defect.
  3.  We value the cost of the work for independent tradesman to come and rectify the defects.

The above is then put together into one formal report which you can had to your builder to encourage them to rectify the works themselves. If they fail to do this you can use the report as evidence if you take the builder to court.

We work to NHBC (National House-Building Council) standards.

We only work for home owners and not the builder / developers and are here to ensure that you get the quality property that you have worked hard to pay for.

To undertake the above report below is the price list based on the size of the property to be surveyed.

Price List

  • 1 Bed Apartment – £299.00 + VAT
  • 2 Bed Apartment – £349.00 + VAT
  • 3 Bed Apartment – £399.00 + VAT
  • 2 Bed Hous – £399.00 + VAT
  • 3 Bed House – £449.00 + VAT
  • 4 Bed House – £499.00 + VAT
  • 5 Bed House – £549.0 + VAT