Homebuyer Report

A HomeBuyer Report (HBR) is a survey completed to a standard format set out by the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) - most suitable for conventional properties built within the last 100 years, which are in reasonable condition.

It doesn't detail every aspect of the property, and focuses on urgent matters needing attention. It's not usually suitable for properties in need of renovation, or if you're planning major alterations.

A HBR includes details of:

  • The general condition of the property;
  • Any major faults in accessible parts of the building;
  • Any urgent problems that may need swift repair to prevent damage;
  • Results of tests for damp in the walls;
  • Damage to timbers including woodworm or rot;
  • Comments on risk of structural movement, dangers and risks;
  • The estimated cost of rebuilding the property for insurance purposes;
  • The value of the property, reflecting its condition on completion of the inspection.

The surveyor gives condition ratings to the main parts of the main building, garage, and some outside elements. The new format of the HomeBuyer's report, introduced in 2010, assigns a colour-coded condition rating to each of these three elements. Please see the downloadable sample report below.

Homebuyer Report

In view of the limits upon the type of property and scope of the service, the RICS HomeBuyer Report is priced mid-range (more expensive than a mortgage valuation but less expensive than a building survey).

Please contact us by either telephone, email or through the enquiry form on this website in order to obtain an individual quotation.