RICS Homebuyers Report

This is most suitable for homes built within the last 150 years, which are in reasonable condition, and of traditional construction.

It provides a clear and concise report detailing any "urgent" or "significant" problems that could make a difference to the value of the property. And any "other matters" that the Surveyor deems to be a matter of assistance to you, the prospective purchaser.

A RICS Homebuyer Report includes details of:

  • A clear and concise overview of the market value, marketability, location, particular features and general condition.
  • Identification of those matters concerning the value of the property which the surveyor judges to be significant, or to require urgent attention.
  • A list of matters with probable legal implications which clients should instruct their Legal Advisors to include in their enquiries.
  • Useful advice on safety and maintenance matters.
  • Matters which should be investigated or acted upon before legal commitment to purchase.
  • Results of damp testing on walls
  • Any visible damage to timbers - including woodworm and rot
  • The condition of damp-proofing works, insulation and drainage (though drains aren’t tested).
  • An overall impression of the services will be given (but they will not be tested).
  • Outbuildings such as garages will be commented upon but only in respect of serious defects.
  • The site, boundaries, paths etc will be reported upon in relation to special risks, such as large nearby trees.
    • The inspection will look at all reasonably accessible parts of the property internally and externally (from ground level or publicly accessible areas) and comment generally on their state of repair and condition. The roof void will be entered (where practicable) to enable the surveyor to comment on the condition of the roof structure.

      Click to view a sample Homebuyer Survey & Valuation Report

      RICS Homebuyer Service

      The RICS HomeBuyer Service includes:

      • an inspection of the property
      • a report based on the inspection
      • a valuation, which is part of the report
        • The surveyor who provides the RICS HomeBuyer Service aims to give you professional advice to help you to:

          • make a reasoned and informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying the property;
          • take account of any repairs or replacements the property needs;
          • consider what further advice you should take before exchanging contracts (if the property is in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands) or concluding an offer (if the property is in Scotland).

UK Regions covered include: East Midlands Region: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire. West Midlands Region: Hereford and Wocestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands county. UK Towns covered include: West Midlands: Birmingham, Leicester, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall, Mansfield, Oldbury, Sutton Coldfield, Nuneaton, Smethwick, Solihull, Worcester, Staveley, Warwick, Leamington, Cannock, Great Wyrley, Tamworth, Redditch, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Telford, Shrewsbury, Beeston and Stapleford, Cannock, Stafford, Rugby, Hereford, Burton Latimer, West Bromwich, Gloucester, Cheltenham. East Midlands: Nottingham, Derby, Northampton, Norwich, Peterborough, Ipswich, Cambridge, Milton, Lincoln, Chesterfield, Astwood Bank, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Kettering.

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