RICS HomeBuyer Report

The HomeBuyer Report is a mid-range survey, designed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Suitable for the majority of UK properties, its standardised structure and clear, jargon-free language makes it easy for buyers to understand the structural defects that are present.

If the property you’re looking to buy is a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from regular building materials and is in a reasonable condition, a Level 2 RICS HomeBuyer Report should be sufficient.

An RICS HomeBuyer Report should not be confused with a valuation that, if you need to take out a mortgage, the lender must carry out before issuing your formal mortgage offer to check the property is worth the money they’re proposing to lend you.

What is included in the HomeBuyer Report?

The survey includes a detailed inspection of the interior and exterior features of a property and includes associated utilities and some aspects of the grounds. The methods used to investigate the property are non-invasive and are tailored towards conventionally-built properties.

Any concerns found during a HomeBuyer Report are graded according to their significance, and colour-coded using a traffic light system to emphasise critical defects. Your report will also include detailed, professional advice on how you should address any faults, although you will not receive additional comments about features that are deemed to be in a satisfactory condition.

It will cover:

  • Building condition and defects
  • Structural movement
  • Damp, rot, and woodworm
  • Heating, drains, and electrical services
  • Alterations and additions
  • Items to ask your advisors

If the property is large, historic, extended, run-down or particularly unusual in nature, you may be best to opt for a Level 3 RICS Building Survey the same advice if you plan on making very extensive changes

You can download a sample Home Buyer Report Below:

Unsure if this is the survey for you? Compare the RICS Homebuyer report with our other RICS approved surveys, or contact us and we will be happy to discuss your survey options.

We cover Canterbury, Margate, Ramsgate, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Folkestone, Dover, Deal, Ash, Sandwich, Faversham, Sittingbourne and Other Kent Locations for all Building Surveys and Home Buyer Reports