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RICS Building Surveys

We carry out detailed RICS Building Surveys on properties throughout London including Richmond, Kingston-upon-Thames, Fulham, Kensington and Mayfair.

All our Surveys are completed by Chartered Building Surveyors, full professional members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

An RICS Building Survey (previously known as a Structural Survey) is designed to provide the buyer with expert building advice before proceeding with a purchase.

An RICS Building Survey is a Level Three Survey and is more involved than a Homebuyers Survey Report.

If you would like a no obligation quotation, please call us on 0208 334 4773 or email us at

Detailed Surveying 

The survey work starts by assessing building age, how each property has been built and changes made over time. Before we even inspect a home, desktop research is completed involving examination of British Geological Survey maps.

Once on site we will conduct a detailed visual inspection of the building and the site.

Binoculars may be used to assess high level areas.

A telescopic Surveyor’s ladder is on hand for use when necessary.

Accessible roof spaces will be inspected as part of our survey work.

Damp meter testing will be completed using a Protimeter Surveymaster, a dual mode moisture meter allowing the user to distinguish between sub-surface and surface moisture.

Inspection chamber covers (below ground drainage) will be lifted where possible. We will visually assess services installations.

Our survey inspections typically last four to five hours.

The Report

An RICS Building Survey will tell you about:

  • existing construction
  • building condition inside and out
  • advice on the problems found and likely repairs that could be needed
  • highlight the most significant problems
  • maintenance advice and outline possible future defects
  • health and safety matters
  • possible legal issues to bring to the attention of your solicitor

Tailored Reports

Our service is tailored to suit your individual requirements. For example, if you are planning an extension, the report can be configured to advise you at an early stage.

We are able to calculate budget cost estimates for repairs based on tender data, Building Construction Information Service rates or through building contractors.

All reports are detailed, written in plain English and issued with annotated photographs.

Cavendish Surveying For Your Survey?

We are a firm of Chartered Surveyors regulated by the RICS focusing on providing tailored impartial advice. If you are worried about something, please talk to us. We will carefully evaluate your concerns and anything else you tell us prior to our site survey.

Our fees are competitive and we will endeavour to deliver your report in seven days following site inspection.

If you are looking for a Building Survey, please call us on 0208 334 4773 or email us at

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