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RICS home surveys


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Marshalls offer three types of RICS survey reports:


The RICS Building Survey Report.

The RICS Building Survey Report is a detailed survey and is suitable for most types of property, generally Victorian to the present day. Complicated, larger or period properties are not suitable, but this type of survey is ideal for flats and maisonettes where maintenance responsibility is shared and many areas of the building will be inaccessible.

The property will be subject to a thorough and detailed survey of all areas undertaken without causing damage and respecting the privacy of the occupiers. The service installations are visually inspected, but testing is not undertaken.

The RICS Building Survey Report is a RICS level three survey, as described in the RICS guidance note: Surveys of Residential Property 3rd Edition.

The written report follows the RICS 'traffic light' system of condition rating, which clearly highlights areas of concern. This type of survey does not include photographs, a Market Valuation or an insurance reinstatement cost assessment.

PDF The description of The RICS Building Survey Report

PDF Sample of The RICS Building Survey Report


The RICS HomeBuyer and RICS Condition Reports.

The RICS HomeBuyer and RICS Condition Reports are suitable for most types of property, from the 1920's to the present day (brand new properties are best reported with a Snagging Report). Period properties are not suitable, but this type of survey is ideal for flats and maisonettes where maintenance responsibility is shared and many areas of the building will be inaccessible.

The property will be subject to a thorough, but limited inspection undertaken without causing damage and respecting the privacy of the occupiers. The service installations are visually inspected, but testing is not undertaken.

The RICS Condition Report is a RICS level one survey, as described in the RICS guidance note: Surveys of Residential Property 3rd Edition. The RICS HomeBuyer report is a level two survey.

The written reports are generalised and follow the RICS 'traffic light' system of condition rating, which clearly highlights areas of concern. Minor defects are not usually reported. These surveys do not include photographs, but The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and valuation) includes a Market Valuation and an insurance reinstatement cost assessment.

Marshall's Chartered Surveyors are RICS Registered Valuers.

PDF The RICS Condition Report Description

PDF Sample RICS Condition Report


PDF The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation) Description

PDF Sample RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation)


PDF The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) Description

PDF Sample RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey)





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Building surveys

Marshalls offer two types of residential building survey: The Marshalls Building Survey Report and The RICS Building Survey Report.

These are our most detailed surveys and are suitable for most types and ages of property, particularly older houses.

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RICS home surveys

Marshalls offer the full range of RICS Home Surveys: The RICS Building Survey, The RICS Homebuyer Report and The RICS Condition Report.

These surveys have the popular traffic light condition rating format and are mainly suitable for more modern houses and flats.

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Valuation

Marshalls undertake residential valuation instructions for mortgage lending, Inheritance tax (probate), shared ownership, Housing Association, Charities Act, matrimonial and other purposes. We also undertake expert witness work and can advise on leasehold enfranchisement (lease extension).

All of our Chartered Surveyors are RICS Registered Valuers highly experienced in the local property market.

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Commercial

In addition to residential surveys and valuations, Marshalls offer a full range of commercial services, including commercial surveys, schedules of condition and dilapidations advice on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

Note: we do not undertake commercial valuations.

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Party Wall

Marshalls offer a full range of specialist Party Wall services, working for both building owners and adjoining owners.

If you have received party wall notices from your neighbour or you are planning to carry out works, which may come under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, we can advise you of your options.

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Lease extensions

A lease is a wasting asset and as the remaining term becomes shorter, a residential property may be difficult to sell or mortgage. As a general rule, any lease with less than 70 years remaining can be problematical and you may need to consider a lease extension or possibly a freehold purchase.

Marshalls offer comprehensive Leasehold enfranchisement advice, both for landlords and tenants.

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FAQ’s

Your choice of survey report has never been wider: Marshalls undertake five types of survey on residential properties.

Marshalls were established in 1979 and can offer great local knowledge and experience of all types of building. We might not be the cheapest, but you can be confident that we are the experts in our field.

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Property Advice

A range of pages offering useful advice on various survey, valuation and general property matters.

From asbestos and bats through to toxic mould and woodworm, we hope this general property advice is useful.

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Contact Us

Marshalls have offices in Oxford (01865-863020) and Newbury (01635-529777).

We cover Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and adjoining areas of Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds.

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