In East Belfast and North Down
Russell Brothers Surveys only carry out one standard of inspection, a thorough inspection of the property irrespective of age and type (full details are in the terms and conditions), however we provide the subsequent report in two formats. For an older and/or complex property we provide a full report running to about thirty to forty pages for which the cost will typically be in the £475 to £550 range depending on location, size, age and condition.
In the case of a relatively young and straightforward property it is more cost effective to have the same thorough inspection but a simpler report of about five or six pages. As this saves considerable time it can be provided for about £375 to £450 depending on the property.
We do not carry out brief or "walk through" type inspections as we do not consider this to be in the customer's interest. If a house merits inspection it should be inspected thoroughly.
The report can be delivered electronically or/and by post as the customer desires.
For more information on house surveys in East Belfast and North Down please phone 07398 020818 today. We will be happy to send you a written quotation and further information with no obligation on your part.
RICS regulated surveyors are required to "benchmark" surveys against one of three survey level standards so that members of the public can readily compare different surveys and have confidence in the product offered.
For older and more complex properties the service (inspection and report) is equivalent to the Survey Level Two.
For relatively young and straightforward properties the service is equivalent to Survey Level One however in addition the inspection is to the standard of Survey Level Two.
This service is designed for clients (buyers, sellers and owners) seeking a professional and objective report on the condition of the property at an economic price. As a result, it is less comprehensive than survey level two and survey level three.
This level of service includes a visual inspection that is less extensive than for the other survey levels. No tests of the building fabric or services are undertaken. The report objectively describes the condition of the building, its services and the grounds. It highlights relevant legal issues and any obvious risks to the building, people or grounds.
The report is succinct and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects and problems. Where the surveyor is unable to reach a conclusion with reasonable confidence, a recommendation for further investigation should be made.
A survey level one report does not include advice on repairs or ongoing maintenance and this, combined with the less extensive inspection, usually means it is better suited to conventionally built, modern dwellings in satisfactory condition. It will not suit older or complex properties, or those in a neglected condition.
This level of service is for clients who are seeking a professional opinion at an economic price. It is, therefore, less comprehensive than a level three service. The focus is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of a property.
This intermediate level of service includes a more extensive visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds, but still without tests. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars). The report objectively describes the condition of the different elements and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. At this level, although it is concise, the report does include advice about repairs and any ongoing maintenance issues. Where the surveyor is unable to reach a conclusion with reasonable confidence, a recommendation for further investigations should be made.
This level of service suits a broader range of conventionally built properties, although the age and type will depend on the knowledge and experience of the RICS member.
This level of service is unlikely to suit:
In such cases, a survey level two service will often result in numerous referrals for further investigations, an outcome that many clients find disappointing.
Where the client is planning to carry out extensive repair and refurbishment work in the future, the RICS member should give advice on suitable additional services.
This level of service is for clients who are seeking a professional opinion based on a detailed assessment of the property.
The service consists of a detailed visual inspection of the building, its services and the grounds and is more extensive than a survey level two. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars).
Although the services are not tested, they are observed in normal operation - in other words, they are switched on or off and/or operated where the occupier has given permission and it is safe to do so.
The report objectively describes the form of construction and materials used for different parts of the property. It describes the condition and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects / problems.
Where an RICS member feels unable to reach the necessary conclusions with reasonable confidence, they should refer the matter for further investigations. However, at survey level three such referrals should be the exception rather than the rule. A survey level three report should aim to provide the client with all the information they need to make a decision.
This level of service will suit any domestic residential property in any condition depending on the competence and experience of the RICS member.