Residential Surveys

SMC Chartered Surveyors provides three different types of residential survey:

RICS Home Buyers Report (HBR) Level 2 report

The most popular report for buyers. An economic but detailed report which is suitable for the majority of residential properties, it clearly presents all findings in an easy to read format.

This service includes:

  • description of the condition of each element of the property
  • colour-coded condition ratings
  • comment on defects, and additional advice on repairs and maintenance
  • an overall opinion and summary of condition ratings

It currently includes: a market valuation and a reinstatement cost (but these will shortly be removed from the standard HBR service but available as an additional service).

This service excludes:

  • cost estimates for repairs
  • any detailed description of the construction of the building or detailed advice on specific defects.

Homesurvey & Valuation (HSV) level 2 report

This is similar to the RICS Home Buyers Report in terms of scope and information provided, and is designed to give factual information on significant aspects of the condition of the property to the prospective purchaser. The Homesurvey provides a market valuation and reinstatement cost whilst identifying any defects considered urgent or of significant importance.

Building Survey level 3 report

This is much more detailed than a Home Buyers Report or Homesurvey and will usually give a valuation of the property. We will advise on the structural stability of the building, reference to visible defects, together with recommendations for remedial works. A photographic appendix is also attached.

We offer invaluable experience and a personal touch, and are more than willing to talk through any queries you may have. Please contact Martin Saunders, David Heslop or Ian Steele for more information.

Whilst we act primarily for clients in the Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire areas, we are happy to take on work further afield.



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