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The Bowen son and Watson Survey Department operates from the firms’ Oswestry Office and covers Shropshire, Mid and North Wales and into Cheshire.

We provide an efficient and most importantly a useful and helpful service to home buyers. Our aim is to advise the house buyer so that he or she will be fully informed prior to the purchase of their new home.

After the survey report has been dispatched, we like our clients to keep in touch so that we can advise during the conveyance process and indeed after you have moved in your new home.


A home is normally the most expensive purchase people will ever make. As a buyer you will benefit from expert advice on the condition of your property – whether you plan to live in it or rent it out.

In a RICS Home Survey a Chartered Surveyor conducts an in-depth visual inspection of the property. The report provides an expert account of the property’s condition and highlights any problems in clear and easy to understand ‘traffic light’ rating.

Different homes require different types of survey. Bowen Son and Watson can offer a choice of RICS surveys and bespoke surveys.

The survey types we offer are:

survey level one

Choose this report if you’re buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. It focuses purely on the condition of the property by setting out the following:

  • clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention
  • a summary of the risks to the condition of the building; and
  • advice on replacement parts guarantees, planning and control matters for your legal advisers.

An RICS Condition Report is straightforward and does not include a valuation, but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.

Terms of Engagement

RICS HOMEBUYER REPORT (Survey) survey level two

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. It costs more than the Condition Report but includes:

  • all of the features in the Condition Report;
  • a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the property;
  • advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance;
  • issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions;
  • legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your purchase; and
  • information on location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency (where available).

Terms of Engagement

RICS HOMEBUYER REPORT (Survey and Valuation) survey level two

As the RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) above 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;

Terms of Engagement

survey level three

Essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works. The most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property’s condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options. The RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation or a rebuilding cost appraisal.

Terms of Engagement

The RICS suite of surveys are outlined and compared here Home Surveys Information | RICS Home Surveys Flyer


As the heading suggests a bespoke survey will be tailored to meet your particular requirements and can be comprise an inspection of the whole property as an alternative to the RICS Building Survey or can be designed simply to address particular areas of concern.


For a fee quote please call us on 01691 652367 to discuss your requirements.


Mike Palmer BSc (Hons), CBuildE, FCABE, FCIOB, MRICS, CMaPS, Registered Valuer

Chartered Building Surveyor, Building Engineer, Construction Manager and a Certified Member of the Association for Project Safety.

Mike has been involved in construction for over twenty five years and during this time he has worked in both private and public sectors specialising in surveying, project management and construction health and safety.

Michael Tomley FRICS Chartered Valuation Surveyor, Registered Valuer

Michael has being undertaking survey and valuation inspections in the area since he qualified in 1983.

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