Residential Building Surveys

Joplings can offer a building survey to suit your needs and budget. We understand buying a house is an expensive process, however, it is important to know you are buying a property with no major problems.

We are able to offer the full range of RICS Home Surveys. We will review the property you are purchasing in detail and recommend the most suitable survey and can provide a valuation as we are RICS registered valuers. The most common surveys we provide are RICS Homebuyer Report survey and valuation, and RICS Building Survey.

All the surveys will aim to pick up the major defects relating to dampness, timber decay and structural movement. The condition of the main elements of the property will be commented upon.

We can also comment upon the purchase price agreed for the property to give you peace of mind you are paying the market value in the current market.

If there are issues you would like us to look at specifically we can make a note of this before the survey and comment upon these within our verbal and written report.

We can also provide you with design and construction advice if you plan to carry out an extension, loft conversion, or internal alterations to the property you are buying.

We contact you shortly after we carry out the survey to provide you with our initial feedback and findings of the survey. The written report will follow shortly after.

RICS Explained

Choose this report if you’re buying, selling or living in a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in good condition. It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:

  • Clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that require varying degrees of attention
  • A summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and other matters including guarantees, planning and building control issues for your legal advisers. An RICS Condition Report does not include a valuation, but we can provide this as a separate extra service.

Choose this report if you would like more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It will cover all of the features in the Condition Report plus a more extensive inspection, the surveyor’s professional opinion on the ‘Market Value’ of the property, an insurance reinstatement figure for the property , a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property , advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance , issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions , legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your conveyancing and , information on location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency.

You should choose an RICS Building Survey if you’re dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property. It includes: a thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues , a description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws,  an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity and , advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions. An RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation, but we can provide this as a separate extra service. Estimated costs of repairs may also be included as an option


We are able to provide specific defects reports if you are concerned with any aspect of the condition of your property. We regularly inspect and investigate defects relating to roof coverings, cracking to walls, dampness and condensation affecting the building.


The number of new build properties being built has increased in recent years. We can inspect the new house prior to exchange to ensure the property has no obvious defects and report on the quality of the finish and the build quality of your new home. Although there are warranties and guarantees in place for your new home we can act on your behalf to make sure your new home is everything you would expect it to be like when you move in.