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RICS HomeBuyer Report

Not sure which type of survey you need? See RICS' Guide to survey reports below to help you decide:

 

RICS' GUIDE TO SURVEY REPORTS

SERVICE FEATURES

RICS CONDITION REPORT

RICS HOMEBUYER REPORT

BUILDING SURVEY

Type of Property

Conventional house or flat built from common building materials in reasonable condition

Conventional property in reasonable condition

All.  Particularly suitable for listed, large, older or rundown, unusual or altered, buildings.

Report Format

RICS traffic light system

RICS traffic light system

Surveyors standard format

Describes the construction and condition of the property on the date of inspection.




Aims to identify any problems that need urgent attention or are serious.




Aims to identify things that need to be investigated further to prevent serious damage




Aims to tell you about problems that may be hazardous




Aims to show up potential issues and defects, before any transaction takes place




Includes the standard visual inspection during which secured panels, electrical fittings, inspection chamber covers and other similar features are not removed




Aims to help you decide whether you need extra advice before committing to purchase




Aims to help you prepare a budget for any repairs or restoration




Aims to advise you on the amount of ongoing maintenance required in the future




An enhanced service that includes all the features of the standard inspection plus a more extensive roof space and underground inspection




Provides a reinstatement cost to help you avoid under-or over-insurance




Provides market valuation




Aims to establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future




Aims to describe visible defects, plus exposing potential problems posed by hidden defects




Aims to outline the repair options and give you a repair timeline, whilst explaining the consequences of not acting




A longer and more detailed visual inspection of a wider range of issues including a more thorough consideration of the roof space, grounds floors and services.




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