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How much does a survey cost?

Hiring a RICS surveyor is important when buying a property - but how much are they, and what factors affect the cost?

How much does a survey cost?

The average cost of hiring a chartered surveyor depends on the type of survey you need. It will also depend on other factors such as number of bedrooms, the type of property and the size of the property. The more in depth a report, the longer the surveyor will need to assess.

How much does a HomeBuyers Survey (Level 2) cost?

A Level 2 RICS Survey (HomeBuyers report) is for properties under 100 years old or in good condition. The report uses a traffic light system to show problems, areas for improvement, and areas with no issues.

A surveyor will spend 1-2 hours approximately assessing the property, and then filling out the report. Surveyors can then discuss the report with clients over the phone if they have questions or need explanations.

A HomeBuyers report usually costs between £377 - £506*, depending on the property's size, value, and age.

How much does a Building Survey (Level 3) cost?

A Level 3 RICS Survey (Building Survey) is for older properties that have had or will have building work done. The survey provides the most detailed information. As such, it is the more expensive and comprehensive option.

The average Building Survey costs around £532 - £708* depending on the age and size of the property, as well as what the property is worth.

A surveyor will spend 2-5 hours in the property and provide a detailed report. They will also explain anything to the client if they have any concerns.

How much is an additional valuation?

A valuation is often included as standard in a HomeBuyers Survey, but if you want to add one to your Building Survey, it's usually around £75.

A surveyor valuation is not the same as a mortgage lender’s valuation. You might want to add a valuation to your survey if you’re not sure that the property has been appropriately priced by the seller.

An estate agent’s pricing of the property is based on ‘consideration of worth’. A Valuation will be able to tell you if it’s appropriate for the market, on top of identifying any issues with the property's condition that might cost you more down the line.

Read more information about property valuations.

Are there any other costs?

Your surveyor may recommend you contact a specialist for certain areas that they think need further investigation. Your surveyor is not an expert in structural engineering, plumbing, or electrical work. Consulting professionals could give you complete confidence in your property.

You always have the choice if you decide to follow up on this advice, and you may feel that it is not necessary. However, if you uncover significant problems in these areas, you will be responsible for them, not the Chartered Surveyor.

What makes a survey more expensive?

A survey might end up being more expensive based on the value and size of the property, as well as the condition. If the surveyor can't access parts of the property or finds complex problems, it may affect the cost. This is because it might take more time to assess, and to write up the report.

Put simply, if the property is large, it will take a surveyor longer to look around, which will mean you’re paying for more of their time.

How do I get the best price for a survey?

Make sure to always compare prices from local surveyors for HomeBuyer Reports (with or without valuations) and Building Surveys. Check reviews and make sure your surveyors are RICS regulated before choosing a quote that is right for you

You can also check your other home moving costs by using our Moving Cost Calculator to see how much you could save.

How much does a survey cost?

Survey           Standard Cost*     
Condition Report (Level 1 Survey) £300 - £700
HomeBuyer Report (Level 2 Survey) £377 - £506
Building Survey (Level 3 Survey) £532 - £708

A Scottish Home Report is slightly different in that the seller is responsible for buying the survey and making it available to interested potential buyers. This would only be applicable if you were selling a property in Scotland. The average cost of a Scottish Home Report is from about £350-£850, depending on the size of the property.

* ​Based on reallymoving data collected November 2023

Updated December 2023 by Jeremy Greer

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