The cost of a survey is not a standard fee suits all. It will depend upon the age, type, size and condition of the property, and also the type of survey required.
Obviously a larger older property in disrepair, may take longer to inspect and to write up the report. A more technical report may also take longer than a general survey.
'cheap home surveys', 'low cost surveys', 'budget reports'
If you are offered any of these, you might want to stop and ask yourself why?
Is it because the inspection is short? - the less time spent looking and thinking, the higher the risk of missed defects, or realising the extent of any problems.
Is it because the report is brief? - less information, or less reflective thought and advice, might affect your decision to buy and at what price.
Is it because the report consists of computer generated standard clauses? - a one size fits all report may not suit the individual property, nor your individual needs.
Is the online fee quote realistic? - these are normally based on standard types. So if the property you want to buy is larger, older, or in disrepair, this would require more of the surveyors time.
So would the cheapest fee quote really be your best choice?