The new home survey standard https://www.rics.org/profession-standards/rics-standards-and-guidance/sector-standards/building-surveying-standards/home-surveys/home-survey-standards is a framework that sets out the minimum standards that surveyors must meet when carrying out home surveys.
Covering a wide range of topics, including the condition of the property, the presence of any defects, and the potential for any future problems.
Designed to give buyers peace of mind when purchasing a property, and to help make informed decisions about whether or not to proceed with the purchase. Helping surveyors provide a more consistent and reliable service to their clients.
Taking effect on 1 March 2021, and all surveyors who carry out home surveys must now comply with it.
When buying a property, it is important to make sure that the surveyor you use is qualified to carry out the survey under the new standard.
Key changes introduced by the new home survey standard:
Carry out a more thorough background check on the property. Something Domestic surveys has done for years.
Provide a more comprehensive report, which will include details of any defects found and the potential for any future problems.
Surveyors must now carry out a more rigorous inspection of the property’s energy efficiency.
The new standard is a positive step for buyers and surveyors alike. Ensuring that buyers are getting a more comprehensive and reliable survey.
Help surveyors to provide a more consistent and professional service.
How to choose a surveyor to carry out a home survey under the new standard:
Make sure that the surveyor is qualified and experienced.
Ask the surveyor about their experience with the new standard.
Find out about what level of desktop survey is carried out.
Do they send a pre-survey questionnaire?
Are they local to the area, check where the office is registered?
The new standard is a valuable tool for buyers and surveyors alike. It will help to ensure that buyers are getting a more comprehensive and reliable survey, and it will help surveyors to provide a more consistent and professional service.