HomeBuyer Surveys

A HomeBuyer Report is the middle level of inspection carried out by a buyer when purchasing a property and the work is undertaken by a RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Surveyor. The other types of survey are a mortgage valuation, condition report and Building Survey. The type of survey you choose depends on the style of property you are buying and a HomeBuyer Report is suitable for:

  • a flat;
  • a bungalow; or
  • a standard construction house built after 1960.

You can read an example HomeBuyer Report here - HomeBuyer Report Example

A HomeBuyer Report is a visual inspection where a surveyor will look to provide a detailed report about potential concerns with the property you are buying and includes a current market valuation and reinstatement cost. It isn't suitable for the following types of properties:

  • large properties;
  • older or rundown properties;
  • unique or altered building such as a cottage or thatched roof; or
  • if you are planning major works.

For these types of property you need to get a Building Survey (also known as a full structural survey)

You can also read our detailed guide to see which survey is best suited for your property HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey.

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Sections of the HomeBuyer Report

What is inspected?

A. Introduction to the report
Declaration that the HomeBuyer Survey is conducted by a RICS surveyor
B. About the inspection
Details of the property
C. Overall opinion and summary of the condition ratings
General overview of the property
D. About the property
Details number of rooms, age, type
E. Outside the property
Chimney stack, roof covering, rainwater pipes & gutters, main walls, windows, outside doors, HomeBuyerconservatory & porches, other joinery & finishes
F. Inside the property
Roof structure, ceilings, walls & partitions, floors, fireplaces, chimney breasts & flues, built-in fittings (kitchens but not appliances), woodwork, bathroom fittings,
G. Services
Electricity, gas/oil, water, heating, water heating, drainage, common services,
H. Grounds (including shared areas for flats)
Limitations (reasons why they couldn’t be inspected), garage
I. Issues for your legal advisers
Regulation, guarantees
J. Risks
Risks to building, risks to grounds, risks to people
K. Valuation
Market valuation and reinstatement value
L. Surveyor’s declaration
Information about HomeBuyer surveyor
What to do now
Standard information
Description of the RICS HomeBuyer Service
Standard information
Typical house diagram
Standard information
RICS Surveyor

Key points that are inspected are subsidence, damp and any visible sign of infestations.

HomeBuyer Survey Costs

The HomeBuyer Survey Costs vary depending on location and surveyor. You may find your HomeBuyer Survey cost is based on the size of the property or the length of time the surveyor feels the survey will take.

Our HomeBuyer Survey costs are fixed regardless of the area of the country or the size of the property. We’ll review the property with you over the phone and provide a competitive fixed cost for your HomeBuyer Report.

HomeBuyer Survey Report Format?

The HomeBuyer Survey is delivered is a standard format and the defects are graded by a traffic light colours.

Condition rating 3 – defects that are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.

Condition rating 2 – defects that need repairing or replacing but are not considered to be either serious or urgent. The property must be maintained in the normal way.

Condition rating 1 – no repair is currently needed. The property must be maintained in the normal way.
NI – not inspected.

If the surveyor is unable to view any parts of the property they’ll make a note of this in their report which is why it is important the estate agent and the seller give access to all areas in the property.

In a HomeBuyer Survey the surveyor won’t provide cost estimates for making repairs to the property for any of the defects noted. If you would like to get the costs for repairing defects included in your HomeBuyer Survey call us on 0333 344 3234.

Book your HomeBuyer Report

All of our surveyors are RICS regulated with years of experience working on all ages and types of properties throughout England. With over a 100 surveyors we’ll have a local surveyor near to your property able to give you the reassurance you need to buy your home.

If you would like to book a HomeBuyer Survey you can call our head office on 0333 344 3234 and we’ll arrange the access and get the survey booked for the earliest possible time.

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