WHO WE ARE

ABOUT ATLANTIC AND MAY 

As Chartered Surveyors in located in St Albans we are ideally placed to undertake residential surveys in the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Middlesex and London areas.

 

Purchasing a home may be one of the most expensive decisions you make. A Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) will advise you of any risks and help highlight potential problems before you commit to buying the property.

 

Atlantic and May focus on providing the highest quality, affordable Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) condition reports, home buyer surveys and valuations to help you decide if your new home is the right one for you.

 

If you are unclear about which survey is the right one for you, please give us a call on 01727 260 202 to see if we can help, or get in touch via our contact form.

 



 

RICS HOME SURVEY

Why do you need an RICS Home Survey? Because forewarned is forearmed. Choosing the right survey will help highlight any serious problems and advise you of the specific risks before you commit to the process of buying or selling a property. RICS has three different levels of survey. These can only be conducted by an RICS qualified surveyor. Reliable and cost effective, these reports carry the full weight of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – the industry’s most respected authority on surveying.

 

 

WHAT TYPES OF SURVEY ARE THERE?

Survey level 1: RICS Condition Report

Choose this report if you’re buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. This service includes:

• a visual inspection that is less comprehensive than the RICS Home Survey – Level 2 and the RICS Home Survey – Level 3

• clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, and the grounds, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention

• a summary of risks to the building, people and grounds and.

• an assessment of the relative importance of the defects and problems. No tests of the building fabric or services are undertaken. The RICS Home Survey – Level 1 does not include advice on repairs or ongoing maintenance and it does not include a valuation. Ask your surveyor for a detailed ‘Description of the RICS Home Survey Level 1’ document.

Survey level 2: RICS HomeBuyer Report (without valuation)

Choose this report if you need more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. The focus is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of a property. This intermediate level of service includes a more extensive visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds, but still without tests. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars). The report objectively describes the condition of the different elements and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems.

Survey level 2: RICS Homebuyer Report (with valuation)

As the RICS Home Survey – Level 2 but includes:

• the surveyor’s professional opinion on the ‘market value’ of the property

• an insurance reinstatement figure for the property

• a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property.

 

 



WHAT WE DO

SERVICES

Atlantic and May focus on providing fast, reliable and affordable RICS surveys for residential properties, tailor-made to the clients requirements.

Our services include:

  • RICS Condition Report
  • RICS HomeBuyers Report (without valuation)
  • RICS HomeBuyers Report (with valuation)
  • Red Book Valuation
  • Development appraisal
  • Residual valuation

Being part of the RICS Valuation Registration Scheme (VRS) you can be confident that you are working with regulated and qualified professionals who:

- Adhere to the 'Red Book' valuation standards
- Are committed to openness and transparency 
- Are experts in their field


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