RICS Condition Report.

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When should I choose a RICS condition report?

You should choose a RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Condition Report if you’re buying a conventional house, flat or bungalow, which is built from common building materials and is in reasonable condition. You should also choose this if you want more information than is provided by a Valuation Report.

What does it include?

You’ll get an inspection of the property and a report based on that inspection. The survey will always be carried out by a qualified RICS surveyor. It will tell you about:

  • The construction and condition of the property
  • Any defects that need urgent attention or are serious
  • Things that need further investigation to prevent serious damage to the fabric of the building
  • Defects or issues that may be a danger to safety
  • Other matters that your conveyancer may need to know, including guarantees, planning and building control issues.

The report

The report is in a standard format and uses a clear ‘traffic light’ ratings system:

Condition rating 
Condition rating 3 Defects that are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently. 
Condition rating 2 Defects that need repairing or replacing but are not considered to be either serious or urgent. The property must be maintained in the normal way. 
Condition rating 1 No repair is currently needed. The property must be maintained in the normal way. 
NI Not inspected. 

Please note that a RICS Condition Report does not include a valuation, but we are able to provide this as an extra service.

Download the RICS Condition Report - Full Description of Service (PDF: 236KB) to find out what’s included in the report.


To find out more about our valuation and survey products, or to book a report, call us now on 0845 200 2046 (call charges will apply). 
Lines are open 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday. We may record and monitor calls. 
Or you can email us.

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