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Home Condition Survey

Home Condition Survey

What is inspected?

Our surveyor undertakes a visual inspection of the inside and outside of the main building and all permanent outbuildings, and the parts of the gas, electricity, water and drainage services that can be seen.

What do the ratings mean?

To make the report easy to follow, our surveyor gives each part of the structure of the main building a condition rating. The condition ratings are as follows:

Condition Rating 1

No repair is currently needed. Normal maintenance must be carried out.

Condition Rating 2

Repairs or replacements are needed but the surveyor does not consider these to be serious or urgent.

Condition Rating 3

These are defects which are either serious and/or require urgent repair or replacement or where the surveyor feels that further investigation is required (for instance where he/she has reason to believe repair work is needed but an invasive investigation is required to confirm this).

A serious defect is one which could lead to rapid deterioration in the property or one which is likely to cost more than 2.5% of the reinstatement cost to put right. You may wish to obtain quotes for additional work where a condition rating 3 is given, prior to exchange of contract.


Not inspected (see “How is the Inspection carried out?” below)

How is the inspection carried out?

The inspection is visual and non invasive. This means that the surveyor does not take up carpets, floor coverings or floorboards, move heavy furniture or remove contents of cupboards. Also, the surveyor does not remove secure panels or undo electrical fittings.

Our surveyor will indicate in the report if it was not possible to inspect any parts of the home that are normally reported on. If the surveyor is concerned about these parts, the report will tell you about any further investigations that are needed. The surveyor does not provide estimates on the cost of any work to correct defects or comment on how repairs should be carried out.

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