Getting a survey carried out on a property you are buying can save you time, money and stress. But surveys come in various shapes and sizes, so it's wise to do your homework first.

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Before paying for a survey on a home you want to buy, make sure you do your research and understand the difference between the different kinds available.

What type of survey should I get?

There are three main types of surveys which vary in detail and comprehension. Deciding which one to go for will depend on your circumstances, your budget, the type of property you are buying and your attitude to risk.

Condition Report

A Condition Report survey is the most basic and usually the cheapest option available. It's ideal if the property you are buying is in good shape or is a newer build.

The Condition Report provides a general snapshot of the building condition, as well as a check on the water and gas supply, and a summary of any potential risks.

HomeBuyer Report

The HomeBuyer Report survey is the middle ground and suited to modern homes that are generally in good shape.

These reports are pricier than Condition Reports, but will be more likely to provide you with peace of mind.

It’s also possible to get the surveyor's own valuation of the property thrown in with a HomeBuyer Report, which could help you negotiate a better deal.

Building Survey

Formerly known as a Structural Survey, these are the most comprehensive and most expensive surveys available. They are best suited to large, unusual, old, listed or dilapidated homes.

You can find out more in our guide, 'What survey do I need?' to help you pick out the right one.

We've partnered with GoToSurveys who offer all three surveys (Condition Report, Homebuyer Report and Building Survey) and employ RICS-accredited surveyors.

What's the difference between a valuation and a survey?

A valuation is purely a check on the property's value. It is carried out for the benefit of the mortgage lender to help it decide whether the loan you've asked for matches what the property is worth.

A survey will take much longer and is a more detailed inspection of the property's condition.

You can find out more in our guide, 'What's the difference between a survey and a valuation?'.