We offer RICS approved surveys.

RICS Level 2 Homebuyer Survey

A qualified RICS surveyor’s inspection of the property providing a concise and easy to understand, value for money survey report.

RICS Level 3 Building Survey

A qualified RICS surveyor’s inspection of the property providing a detailed and thorough condition survey report.


The Level 3 Building Survey is the most comprehensive survey, proving a detailed report describing the property’s construction and condition with advice on how to deal with any defects found.

The most detailed inspection from an experienced surveyor. The Level 3 Report is ideally for properties in poor condition, of an unusual design, substantially altered or extended, or for larger, older or non-traditional types of construction.


The Level 3 Building Survey is the most detailed inspection and report option provided by our qualified RICS surveyors. This survey has the scope to provide far more advice around the condition, defects, repairs needed and any alternations.

The Level 3 Report provides the best opportunity for making a well-informed decision and puts you in the strongest position to negotiate the best price.

Why choose a RICS LEVEL 3 Survey?

Detailed Inspection

Detailed Inspection by a qualified RICS surveyor


Summary, recommendations and advice

Condition Ratings

Red / Amber / Green condition ratings for various elements

Building Elements

Detailed comments on the construction and condition of main building elements


Observations on electrical, gas, water, heating and drainage elements


Advice on customer’s alteration proposals


Detailed repair and maintenance options and recommendations

Grounds & Outbuildings

Comments on grounds, garage and permanent outbuildings

Further Investigation

Where applicable, specialist investigations recommended


Comments on local environmental factors

Legal Issues

Legal issues highlighted for the conveyancer


Advice on building and occupational risks


The RICS Level 2 Homebuyer Survey is the most popular condition survey.

An experienced surveyor’s inspection of your property which gives you a concise easy to understand, and value for money, condition survey report. This report is ideal for standard type and size properties, in generally good condition.

Peace of mind!

The RICS Level 2 Homebuyer Survey Report is the most popular choice of condition survey. The service is ideal for conventional properties and offers the best combination of report detail at an affordable price.

This survey gives you peace of mind when making your home purchase decision.

RICS Valuation

A professional valuation of the property

Our clear Valuation Report, created by an accredited RICS surveyor, focuses on property value without getting into detailed conditions or defects. It’s handy for Help to Buy, Shared Ownership, Taxes, Probate, and private selling.

Expert Valuation Report

Providing a professional opinion on market value by a certified RICS Valuer, this report stands apart from the free sales valuations offered by standard estate agents. For probate and tax purposes, a formal report is necessary and reliable.


Why choose a RICS Valuation?


Private valuations are conducted by qualified professionals, ensuring a more accurate assessment of your property’s market value.

Objective Perspective

Independent from sales interests, a private valuation offers an unbiased and objective perspective, free from the influence of commission-based motivations.

Legal and Financial Compliance

A private valuation provides a formal report, meeting the necessary standards for legal and financial compliance, crucial for processes like probate or taxation.

Tailored Advice

Professionals conducting private valuations can offer tailored advice based on their expertise, helping you understand the factors influencing your property’s value and potential areas for improvement.

Enhanced Credibility

Private valuations carry greater credibility, as they are performed by accredited experts such as RICS surveyors, instilling confidence in the accuracy of the valuation.

Market Insight

Through their expertise, valuers may provide insights into market trends and conditions, helping you make informed decisions regarding your property.



RICS Level 2 Homebuyer Survey

RICS Level 3 Building Survey

Inspection by RICS qualified surveyor

Type of Inspection



Reinstatement cost



Market Valuation


Property sales comparables

Old and Historic property

Large extensions or alterations

Planned extension or alterations

Property in poor condition

Non-standard construction

Condition ratings

Visible issues and defect reported

Problems requiring urgent attention

Areas requiring further investigation

Maintenance advice

Photos of defects

Energy efficiency ratings

Future impact of repairs and materials

Potential problems due to hidden defects

Repair options and timeline

Estimated cost of repairs

Optional Extra

Comments about energy improvements





Frequently Asked Questions

We focus on the south of the UK but can cover the majority of the UK. However, we do not currently cover Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Yes all of our surveyors are qualified members of the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

All qualified RICS surveyors have the following designations after their names: AssocRICS, MRICS, or FRICS . You can check your surveyor’s qualification on the RICS website under “Is your surveyor qualified?”

No, we do not use trainee surveyors. All of our surveyors are fully experienced and fully qualified RICS members. Therefore you can be certain that your property will be both inspected by and reported upon by a fully qualified RICS surveyor.

The Level 2 Homebuyer Survey is for traditionally built properties which are in good condition. A Level 3 Building Survey is ideal for older, larger, run-down, unusual or altered/extended properties or if you are planning major work. Please see our product pages for further information.

It is a detailed visual inspection of the property, grounds and services and is more extensive than a Level 2 Survey. Loft spaces, basements, cellars and similar are inspected if it is safe to do. Although services are not tested, they are observed in normal operation (switched on or off where the occupier gives permission/if it is safe to do so). The report objectively describes the form of construction and materials used for different part of the property. It describes the condition and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. It also describes the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects in areas not inspected and proposes the most probable cause of the defects based on inspection.

We don’t automatically include a valuation so that you are not paying for something that you may not need. If you would like to include a valuation, please let us know when you book your survey.

A Level 1 Condition Report is the least detailed survey on the market. We do not offer Level 1 as we prefer to give a more detailed assessment of the property condition to our customers.

Yes we’re happy to supply a sample report. Please call our booking team on 07432 718 888.

We usually have appointments available within the next few days.

Unfortunately not, as it’s really important that that the surveyor is allowed to concentrate on performing the survey without distractions.

We offer a quality service provided by fully experienced and qualified surveyors. We keep our prices low by using technology to speed up the delivery of your report. Your own quote may not be from a firm that works this way, however we’d be happy to take a look and see what we can do.

No, we take away the hassle and arrange all of this for you.

You can either pay for the survey when you book it, or you can provisionally reserve the surveyor appointment and pay when we email you with details of how to pay. Payment is required prior to the appointment being fully confirmed. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

We aim to get the report to you within 5 working days.

Many of our surveyors will deliver the report more quickly, depending on the size and construction of the property.

All our surveyors have a Rivercrest identification card and will introduce themselves upon arrival.

Following a Level 2 Homebuyer or Level 3 Building Survey, the surveyor will make reasonable endeavours to call you to discuss their main findings following the inspection. This may, or may not, be immediately after the inspection, depending on other bookings that the surveyor may have scheduled in their diary.

The report will be sent to you via email.

We are very flexible and receptive to customer needs. We have an understanding Customer Services team which is happy to help you. If you need to reschedule to another date, we can arrange this for you free of charge prior to the inspection taking place. If you no longer need the appointment, as long as you give us 24-hours’ notice prior to the inspection taking place, we will arrange a full refund of the product fee paid.

We have a dedicated Customer Services team which will be happy to help you with any query you may have. Please call the team on 07432 718 888 or email to: nitin.randev@rivercrestsurveyors.co.uk

We take complaints very seriously. Please put your complaint in writing to our Customer Services team, email: nitin.randev@rivercrestsurveyors.co.uk which will acknowledge your complaint and investigate your concerns.