The RICS are changing the survey formats – In the future we will have the “Home Survey Standard” – Read about it here.
The RICS homebuyers survey report was originally developed as a basic level, standard format survey. It includes the homebuyers survey checklist. It does not aim to explain and diagnose defects in any great detail.
The RICS guidance document on Homebuyers Surveys clearly states “the service applies to houses, bungalows and flats that are conventional in type and construction and are apparently in reasonable condition.”
This type of survey is inadequate for old buildings, which need a much greater level of detail and attention.
The RICS Homebuyer format is not suitable for Old, or Historic homes – those built before 1919, or solid walled, breathable structures. For these homes, we recommend a Full Building Survey to RICS Level 3 Standard.