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Surveys


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Marshalls cover Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and adjoining areas of Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds. From our offices in Newbury and Oxford, we routinely carry out surveys in Witney, Headington, Summertown, Bicester, Wantage, Didcot, Abingdon, Thatcham, Hungerford and Lambourn. We also cover and enjoy visiting the villages surrounding these areas.

Our two most popular reports are: The RICS Home Survey Level 2 (survey only) Report and the RICS Home Survey Level 3 Report. These are the best options for the vast majority of properties:

For newly built properties, there is The Snagging Report and for unusually large, very old or complicated properties, The Marshalls Building Survey may be best.

For more detailed information see below:

The RICS Home Survey Level 2.

The RICS Home Survey Level 2 (survey only) Report is a level two survey, as described in the RICS Home Survey Standard 1st edition, November 2019. It is suitable for most types of property, usually 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 more 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 written report is generalised and follow the RICS 'traffic light' system of condition rating, which clearly highlights areas of concern. Minor defects are not usually reported.

There is also a variant of the report known as the RICS Home Survey Level 2 (survey and valuation) Report which also contains a Market Valuation.


PDF The RICS Home Survey Level 2 (Survey) Description

PDF Sample RICS Home Survey Level 2 (Survey)

PDF RICS Home Survey Level 2 (Survey & Valuation) Description

PDF Sample RICS Home Survey Level 2 (Survey & Valuation)


The RICS Home Survey Level 3 Report.

The RICS Home Survey Level 3 Report is a detailed level three survey, as described in the RICS Home Survey Standard 1st edition, November 2019 . The RICS Home Survey Level 3 Report is suitable for most types of property, unless very large or complex.

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 written report follows the RICS 'traffic light' system of condition rating, which clients find very helpful in reducing unnecessary detail, quickly and clearly highlighting areas of concern.


PDF The RICS Home Survey Level 3 Survey Description

PDF Sample RICS Home Survey Level 3 Survey




The Marshalls Building Survey Report.

The Marshalls Building Survey Report is also a detailed level three survey, generally reserved for larger and more complicated properties. 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.

This type of survey report is written in the traditional style and is illustrated with numerous photographs and will cover all aspects of the construction and condition of the property. The survey will contain clear recommendations on repairs and any further actions required for each element of the property. Areas of concern, particularly with respect to future repairs and maintenance, will be clearly highlighted.


PDF The Marshalls Building Survey Report terms of engagement.

PDF Sample of The Marshalls Building Survey Report.


New-Build Property

If you are purchasing a new property, it is usually preferable to have a Snagging Report undertaken. This type of Survey is set out in a tabular format, and focuses only on the condition of the individual elements of the property.

This type of survey report enables the client to present a comprehensive list of repairs to the builders for action.


PDF Snagging report terms of engagement.

PDF Sample Snagging Report