Each survey varies in level of detail so you should consider which is appropriate for your needs.
A general survey of a home, including any visible defects or issues. If the property to be surveyed is of standard construction, and was built after 1900, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that the HomeBuyer Report is usual the best choice. The report is delivered in a standardised format for easy reference. There are two options
A more in-depth survey of a property, including all accessible areas of a home. RICS recommend the building survey for older properties, or those of non-standard construction. Building survey reports are tailored by the individual surveyor, and can address any additional questions or concerns. Note that a building survey does not include a valuation as standard.
Property Valuation Report
The most basic of the three, this report is primarily a valuation, and will not include details of particular defects.