The RICS HomeBuyer Service includes an inspection, a report and a valuation, and these are all explained in detail in the ‘Description of the RICS HomeBuyer Service’ the surveyor will give you. The RICS HomeBuyer report is a standard format, and is different to a building survey in three main ways.
The report also includes other valuable information.
It is an economical service. Because of the practical limits on the type of property and what the service covers, the RICS HomeBuyer Service is priced mid-range – more expensive than a mortgage valuation, but cheaper than a building survey.
The surveyor’s main purpose in providing
the service is to help you:
The report covers the inside and outside of the building, the services and the site and includes:
Any defects that the surveyor considers do not need repairing or replacing, or any minor matters that do not affect the value of the property, are generally not included in the report.
If you have a particular requirement that you would like the surveyor to consider, you should discuss this with the surveyor before they provide you with the service.
RICS HomeBuyer Service
Traditional houses, flats, bungalows and so on, in apparently reasonable condition
Any residential or other property,
in any condition
Type of service
A shorter, less detailed report in a
A detailed report that is tailored
to suit your needs
Aims of service
To help you:
To give you:
Provides condition ratings for elements of the building, services and any garages and permanent outbuildings
Provides full details of the property’s construction, materials, uses, defects,
and need for future maintenance
Included as part of the
RICS HomeBuyer Service
May be provided as an agreed extra
Form of report
RICS HomeBuyer Report which
is a compact, standard format
In the surveyor’s own format and usually longer, more detailed and technical than the RICS HomeBuyer Report
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