Types of Survey - RICS Homebuyer Report Survey | RICS Condition Report | RICS Structural Survey

When purchasing a property, it is important that you order a property survey, so that YOU can understand the state of the property, the condition and whether the property is worth buying. Using a Homebuyer Report or a building survey carried out by a RICS chartered surveyor, you can be sure that you have expert opinion guiding you and providing you with vital information about your potential new home or investment.

The question is however...

Which survey should I choose and what is the difference in the types of Homebuyer surveys?

The table below will quickly summarise the 3 types of survey available from Homebuyer Surveying and their RICS chartered surveyors.

 
Condition
Homebuyer
Premium
Feature Condition Report RICS Homebuyer Report Premium Building Survey
A description of the construction and condition of the property Included Included Included
Highlights serious problems with the property Included Included Included
Identifies areas requiring urgent repair Included Included Included
Alerts you to areas or materials which may be a hazard Included Included Included
Provides you with additional advice on a particular defect or issue Not Included Included Included
Provides reinstatement cost for Building Insurance Purposes Not Included Included Included
Provides a market valuation Not Included Included Included
Provides specific information on the future performance of the building fabric Not Included Not Included Included
Outlines repair options and future timeline for maintenance Not Included Not Included Included
A longer and more detailed report with a more thorough consideration of the structure, grounds and services Not Included Not Included Included

Option 1 - The RICS Conditions Report Survey (Condition Report)

This is a residential property condition report. This report does not value the property but simply uses traffic light colours to represent the severity of the defects.

The RICS Condition report detail the following:

  • Construction and condition of the property is described
  • Severity of defects are identified.
  • Suggested further investigation on potential problem areas.
  • High Risk areas that are a danger.

Option 2 - The RICS Homebuyer Report Survey (Homebuyer Survey)

This survey provides a homebuyer or Investor an assessment of the property condition and advice on future repair works. The report has the added advantage that it also provides an independent market valuation and a buildings reinstatement valuation. The report also make use of the traffic light ratings to identify the severity of the defects.

The RICS Homebuyer Report Survey detail the following:-

  • Construction and condition of the property is described
  • Severity of defects are identified.
  • Suggested further investigation on potential problem areas.
  • High Risk areas that are a danger

Plus

  • Advice on posible Future Repairs
  • An independent Market Valuation
  • A Building Reinstatement Insurance calculation

Option 3 - A Structural Survey (Premium Building Survey)

This comprehensive report covers both conventional and unconventional property construction. Tailored to cover properties of any size and age. Detailing defects, repairs and ongoing maintenance requirements

The RICS Structural Survey - Premium Building Survey - detail the following:

  • Construction of the property detailing how the materials used will perform over time
  • Severity of defects are identified.
  • Possible repair options for the identified defects
  • High Risk areas that are a danger
  • Advice on future maintenance
  • Consideration of Structural, grounds and service
  • Photographs highlighting defects and other issues relevant to the property

The Premium Building Survey is used on older, larger and unconventional constructed properties as well as conventional build property types.

Why Choose Us

Homebuyer Surveying in partnership with the Homebuyer Conveyancing panel provides you with access to a nationwide network of RICS chartered Surveyors. You can order the right property survey for your needs. You can choose between The RICS Condition Report - Property Condition Only, The RICS Homebuyer Report - Property Condition and Valuation, The RICS Premium Building Survey - Property Condition, Valuation and Repairs with Approximate Costs / Urgency. You found a property and made an offer ‘Subject to Survey’ it is now important that you take note and act on your Survey results. Consider making a lower offer! remember the repairs will still need to be organised.

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Need Homebuyer Surveying Advice From a Professional? – Book a call from a RICS Surveyor. Please call us on 0345 463 7664. We are here to help you.

You can also get a Conveyancing quote online with us. Our conveyancing search filters provide specialist conveyancing quotes. Help to Buy, Right to Buy, Shared Ownership, and Transfer of Equity.

You can also search for a specific Lender Conveyancer that is on your approved mortgage conveyancing lender panel. This is often applicable when you have a loan / mortgage.

Our Service Includes:

  • Finding the right Homebuyer Survey for your property purchase quickly and efficiently
  • Competitive Homebuyer Surveying quotes to match your Survey needs – 3 choices
  • You can arrange for a Surveyor to call you if you are unsure which Survey is best for you
  • Homebuyer Surveying in partnership with the Homebuyer Conveyancing Panel focuses on delivering what the Customer needs to make an informed decision
  • Our Surveying quotes are comprehensive and tailored to suit First Time Buyers, Buy to Let Investors, Residential Property Buyers and New Build Buyers that need a fast track Survey
  • We also provide a Conveyancer Finder service which can be Lender specific if required. The Homebuyer Conveyancing panel is nationwide and the members are SRA regulated Conveyancing Solicitors and CLC Licensed Conveyancers

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