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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Get Estimates for Home Buyers Report

Are you purchasing a house?  There are a number of different surveys available at different costs.  The Home Buyer Report is a building survey in a standard format, provided by a Chartered Surveyor.   The RICS launched the new report format in July 2009.  From 1 April 2010, the previous Homebuyer Survey & Valuation (HSV) report format is withdrawn.  The RICS says that the Home Buyer Report is a less comprehensive than a Building Survey but more comprehensive than a simple Valuation.

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To assist in your choice of which survey is appropriate for your property purchase, speak directly to a Building Surveyor from the local area.  To find surveyors in your local area please complete the estimate request form above, one sent to you will receive a list of contact details and where available, estimates so that you can compare prices and contact the property experts directly. Before instructing a property expert to represent you or carry out work for you, please ensure that your chosen property expert has the relevant qualifications, licences, experience and insurance to provide the level of service that you require.  There is of course no obligation to use any of the property experts that you have been introduced to.

According to the RICS the structure of the new Homebuyer Report (HBR) is designed to be easy on the eye as well as simple to read and understand.  The main headings are below;

  • What the surveyor looks at and how the inspection is carried out
  • Summary of condition ratings and the surveyor's overall opinion of the property
  • Features of the property
  • Elements outside of the property
  • Elements inside of the property
  • Services
  • Garage, permanent outbuildings and grounds
  • Issues for your legal advisers
  • Risks to the building (including damp, timber and structural movement), grounds, people and other
  • Market value
  • What to do next
  • Maintenance notes
  • House diagram

Included in the report will be reference to the energy performance of the property, as recorded in the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).  The EPC will be descrivbe the energy efficiency of the property by using Colour coded condition ratings and providing scores.  These make interpreting the condition of the major aspects of the property more straightforward.

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If you are a Building Surveyor and you would like to discuss being added to the database, please contact or click here. All of the above information is for guidance only, it is not to be considered property advice.  Contracts entered into are between the Client and the individual member firm. acts as the introducer only.

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