Filling in the short form below will instantly give you a set of estimates for a Homebuyer Report on your property. This price will not include a valuation which may incur an additional cost. This set of prices will come directly from Building Surveyors who cover the local area. You will also be provided with their full contact details, all within less than a second. You can then contact them directly and compare prices and service. Should you wish to place an order you would deal with them directly. There is no middle man.
If you are buying a property, it is advisable to have it surveyed. The Homebuyer Report is best for properties that are in reasonable condition and that are fairly conventional. It is less comprehensive than a Building Survey but more comprehensive than a simple Valuation.
The report will cover structural safety and highlight problems such as damp and anything that fails to meet current building regulations, hence it is more detailed than a valuation report. It is however, less comprehensive than a Building Survey.
The HomeBuyer Report is written in a standard format set out by the RICS and will comment on:
- the general condition of the property (including garage and other permanent structures).
- any major faults in accessible parts of the building that may affect the value.
- urgent problems that need inspecting by a specialist before you sign a contract.
- results of tests for damp in walls.
- damage to timbers - including woodworm or rot.
- the condition of any damp-proofing, insulation and drainage.
- the energy performance of a property.
- the estimated cost of rebuilding the property for insurance purposes.
- the value of the property on the open market.
A Homebuyer Report will highlight any repairs or defects using a colour coding system to highlight how serious they are; Green – no repair, orange – repair needed but not urgent or not serious, red – repairs need investigating straight away because they are urgent or serious. There will also be some useful information about what needs to be done next.
If the property is in need of renovation or if you're planning major alterations, this particular survey is not suitable.
Who can carry out a Homebuyer Report?
The Homebuyer Report can only be carried out by a Chartered Surveyor who is a member or a fellow, of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He or she will use the initials MRICS or FRICS after his or her name. Chartered Surveyors are monitored and inspected by the RICS to ensure that they are knowledgeable and professional.
What other types of Survey are there?
If you are not sure what type of survey you need - please see our information sheet on the differences between surveys to find out which type of survey might be appropriate for your property.
Alternatively - you may be looking for contact details for Mortgage Brokers.
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