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The 1,2,3 Condition Rating Explained

A Home Condition Survey (HCS) is the perfect way to ensure the house you are buying is fit for purpose. The surveyor’s report is jargon-free and provides you with a simple 1,2,3 condition rating – but what does this mean?

A condition rating is used to indicate the presence of any defects in a property and also the severity of these defects. During an inspection, as each aspect of the property is considered, your surveyor will apply a condition rating of 1, 2 or 3, giving you an insight into any future work you might need to carry out.

Condition Rating 1
No repair is currently needed. Normal maintenance must be carried out.

Condition Rating 2
Repairs or replacements are needed but the surveyor does not consider these to be serious or urgent.

Condition Rating 3
Defects are present which are either serious and/or in urgent need of repair or replacement, or the surveyor feels that further investigation is required (e.g. if they suspect the presence of asbestos). When a condition rating 3 is applied, you may wish to obtain quotes for additional work prior to the exchange of contracts.

Buying a house is stressful and it is not always in the seller’s best interests to be fully open about its quirks and shortcomings. The Home Condition Survey puts you, the buyer, in control, allowing you to negotiate on price and accurately budget for any significant future home improvements.

In one of our previous posts, The Home Buyer’s Experience: Woodworm, a couple from Milton Keynes discovered the advantages of a survey when a serious case of woodworm came to light. Read the post here

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Buying a property can be very stressful. Decisions involving huge amounts of money, technical information, legal wrangling, and deadlines all demand your attention and most of them are outside your control or experience. The feeling of uncertainty can be overwhelming. We recognise that feeling!

Investing in a Home Condition Survey will reduce at least part of the anxiety. Be confident that your new home is not a nightmare in disguise because a trained and audited professional has thoroughly examined every nook and cranny, followed up every suspect symptom, and assessed the work you will need to do to keep the place in good condition.

"A good report and money well spent. I will definitely be referring the surveyor's details onto friends, family and relatives who may be purchasing a property soon."