RICS Surveys


Buying a property is a major investment, whether you are purchasing a family home or buy-to-let property. The common law principle of caveat emptor (‘buyer beware’) puts the onus squarely on the buyer to investigate the property before signing on the dotted line, which is why having an independent survey carried out by a professional RICS accredited surveyor is highly recommended.

Why do I need a RICS survey?

Investing in property should never be undertaken lightly. Buildings can potentially have all sorts of issues that may not be obvious to the untrained eye. From timber defect to damp issues, outdated electrics to serious structural damage, only an independent survey will give you the peace of mind of knowing that an experienced Chartered Surveyor has taken a proper look and reported on their findings.

It is unfortunately the case that too many buyers don’t bother with a survey, especially if the property looks perfectly fine to them, and the mortgage valuation has thrown up no queries. This is a risky decision and one that could cost you dearly. The main benefits of a RICS property survey is that it will give you the necessary information regarding any defects, along with recommendations for remedial action, so that you can make the right decision on whether and how to proceed with the purchase.

Which RICS survey is best for me?

At SSJ Surveyors, we have a wealth of experience to put at your disposal. We offer the full range of RICS property survey, along with professional guidance to help you choose the best survey for your requirements.

  • RICS Condition Report: Most appropriate for modern or new-build properties of traditional construction that are in a good state of repair
  • RICS HomeBuyer Report and Valuation: Best suited to properties of conventional construction that are in reasonable condition and have not been significantly altered, and where no significant defects are suspected
  • RICS Building Report: Recommended for older properties, non-standard properties or those that have been significantly altered or need substantial refurbishment

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a highly respected independent professional body, and the leading organisation of property professionals in the world. RICS membership requires a high degree of experience and education from its members. Members, including the experienced Chartered Surveyors at Silk Sharples Jennings, are closely regulated and each surveyor has to follow a strict code of conduct to ensure high standards.

Why choose Silk Sharples Jennings?

Silk Sharples Jennings have been surveying property for over 20 years, having amassed a wealth of specialist knowledge of properties in Shropshire and across the West Midlands. We deal with all kinds of residential and commercial property, providing impartial advice to clients who trust our independent professional judgement and expert technical skills.

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For details about any of ourRICS Surveys, or to obtain a no-obligation quote, please contact Silk Sharples Jennings. You can reach our team by phone 01743 461777 or email info@ssjsurveyors.co.uk, or send us a short message via our Contact Us page.

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