HomeBuyer Report sample

Home Buyers Survey

  • Next day bookings available
  • Fast turnaround of report
  • RICS surveyors

Download sample reports

From £225
inc. VAT

Instant online quote:

Your information stays private

 

X

Select Survey Sample

The content of survey reports will vary considerably due to factors including the age, type, location and condition of the property, and materials used in its construction.

Click preferred survey type to begin download.

Download sample HomeBuyer Report HomeBuyer Report sample

Download sample Building Survey Building Survey sample

Download sample Property Valuation Property Valuation sample

Survey reports can be large files containing many photos of a property. On slower connections these files may take a short while to download.

Compare Property Surveys

X

  Mortgage Valuation
  Property Valuation
  Homebuyer Report
  Building Survey
  Mortgage
Valuation
Property
Valuation
Homebuyer
Report
Building
Survey
Help you make a reasoned and informed decision
as to whether to proceed, reconsider or renegotiate on the purchase
  Tick Tick Tick
Identify potential problems
such as any repairs or replacements the property needs including inspecting roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building from ground level
    Tick  Tick
Can help you negotiate a better property price
Where problems are discovered or a lower valuation is given, buyers are enabled to negotiate a lower buying price
  Tick Tick Tick
Show traffic light ratings
which give you a green/amber/red condition of your property in an easy-to-understand format
    Tick  
Prepare you
for potential costly repairs after you move in
    Tick Tick
Completed by a RICS Surveyor
Surveyor Local’s national panel of surveyors are fully qualified and highly experienced chartered surveyors
Tick Tick Tick Tick
Independent valuation
gives you a professional valuation of the property, helping prevent you from paying too much for the property
  Tick Tick  
Exhaustive report
a more indepth survey on construction, issues and defects
      Tick
Appropriate for all properties
a suitable survey, irrespective of age, construction type, condition and level of modification
      Tick
Highlights urgent issues
Reports on any defects needing urgent attention
    Tick Tick
Ongoing maintenance
Professional recommendations on repairs and maintenance
    Tick Tick
Building reinstatement costs
Included for insurance purposes
    Tick  
Appropriate for standard property types
Suitable for properties built later than1900 of standard construction (brick and tile)
    Tick  
Appropriate for unusual property types
Suitable for a older, unusually constructed (e.g. thatch roof) or extensively modified properties (e.g. extended) or those in need of modernisation
      Tick
Advice for your solicitor
Observations that may impact the legal title investigation conducted by your solicitor.
    Tick Tick
    Get Property Valuation Quote Get HomeBuyer Survey Quote Get Building Survey Quote
 

Surveyor Local

Reviews

"Surveyor Local were fast, affordable and thorough. I couldn't fault them in any way."

RICS Surveyors

Home Buyers Survey

Error message

  • Notice: Undefined variable: outputDisabled in navtax_main() (line 694 of /home/surveyorlocalco/public_html/sites/all/modules/custom/navtax/navtax.module).
  • Notice: Undefined variable: block in internal_analytics_block_view() (line 115 of /home/surveyorlocalco/public_html/sites/all/modules/custom/internal_analytics/internal_analytics.module).
HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in UK and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the UK property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper Building Survey.

If you are planning to do any major works on the UK property, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the UK property's condition as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a UK Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

What is a home survey, and what will the surveyor actually do?

There are three main types of home buyers survey, the HomeBuyer Report, the Building Survey and the Property Valuation Report. Each of these has a different focus, so buyers should consider which of the three is the right choice for them:

HomeBuyer Report - A general survey of a home, including any visible defects or issues. If the property to be surveyed is of standard construction, and was built after 1900, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that the HomeBuyer Report is usually the best choice. The report is delivered in a standardised format for easy reference. The HomeBuyer Report includes a valuation.

Building Survey - A more in-depth survey of a property, including all accessible areas of a home. RICS recommend the building survey for older properties, or those of non-standard construction. Building survey reports are tailored by the individual surveyor, and can address any additional questions or concerns. Note that this home buyers survey does not include a valuation as standard.

Property Valuation Report - The most basic of the three, this report is primarily a valuation, and will not include details of particular defects.

For more detail please see the detailed survey comparison table.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for rebuilding permanent outbuildings) and how is it worked out

A Homebuyer Report on a UK building will include an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard. To be able to determine the value of the property your RICS valuer will take into account local property market knowledge and other considerations about the property e.g. desirability of the location. The surveyor will also consider construction type and make certain other assumptions, for example no contamination in or from ground.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.

Further UK assumptions, like the property being insurable, are made in addition to UK environmental issues like nearby pubs, which will also be factored in.

Asbestos roof tiles

The vendor has mentioned there may be loose asbestos containing roof tiles at the flat. What is asbestos, what are the risks and can it be removed?

During a HomeBuyer Report or building survey, the surveyor will check for asbestos, and will confirm if they suspect any is present in the structure. Given the serious risk asbestos poses, a surveyor may be unable to categorically state that a home is asbestos-free, and may recommend that an asbestos specialist be called in to investigate further. Once asbestos is identified, an asbestos removal specialist can be called in to deal with the material.

Asbestos is rightly feared by homeowners, as exposure to the substances' tiny fibres can lead to an increaseed risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, and symptoms may not be felt for decades. Some properties are more at risk than others, particularly homes built from the 1930s to 50s, but asbestos has been used for a very wide variety of purposes, from pipe insulation to textured paint.

Importantly, it is not possible to always identify asbestos-containing products on sight. Your surveyor may suggest removal or, possibly, repair. Undisturbed asbestos-containing products can be quite safe, as the fibres are not exposed, but where such a material is damaged the risk increasees significantly. Therefore, asbestos in a home should be monitored regularly, and treated appropriately if and when any damage is found.

Weathered granite wall

What are the implications of buying a property built with granite walls?

Granite is rarely used in modern construction and not often encountered when conducting a Homebuyers Report. However it was quite a common building material in the 18th and 19th century in some parts of the country - mostly the south west of England. If you are buying a period property in one of these areas you may find that granite was used to build parts or even whole walls of your home.

Often granite was used to build the lower courses of the wall and this actually serves well as a damp proof course, minimising the likelihood of rising damp. These walls were typically built with lime mortar but surveyors sometimes discover that cement has been used to patch up areas of pointing. Many find this to be unsuitable from an aesthetic point of view. More importantly the cement does not form a good bond at the margin between the stone and the mortar and this can allow for water ingress.

Once water gets in the freezing and defrosting cycle can lead to cracking which exacerbates the situation allowing more water penetration. Ultimately damp can therefore be an issue. If you are buying a house made of Granite your surveyor will look closely for any issues. As Surveyor Local employ local experts, your surveyor will know exactly what to look for.

HomeBuyer Report

Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, Building Survey or HomeBuyer Report on a home in UK and which is cheaper?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a Building Survey, although it is essentially the same level of survey.

If the UK property is an apartment, or is 100 or more years old, or has been substantially modified, or is of non standard construction, RICS advise the cheaper Building Survey.

If you are planning to do any major works on the UK property, you should you go for a Building Survey. The Building Survey is less cheap but it will offer an in-depth analysis of the UK property's condition as well as advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice get a UK Home Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 038 6667 to speak to our survey team.

What is a home survey, and what will the surveyor actually do?

There are three main types of home buyers survey, the HomeBuyer Report, the Building Survey and the Property Valuation Report. Each of these has a different focus, so buyers should consider which of the three is the right choice for them:

HomeBuyer Report - A general survey of a home, including any visible defects or issues. If the property to be surveyed is of standard construction, and was built after 1900, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recommend that the HomeBuyer Report is usually the best choice. The report is delivered in a standardised format for easy reference. The HomeBuyer Report includes a valuation.

Building Survey - A more in-depth survey of a property, including all accessible areas of a home. RICS recommend the building survey for older properties, or those of non-standard construction. Building survey reports are tailored by the individual surveyor, and can address any additional questions or concerns. Note that this home buyers survey does not include a valuation as standard.

Property Valuation Report - The most basic of the three, this report is primarily a valuation, and will not include details of particular defects.

For more detail please see the detailed survey comparison table.

RICS Homebuyer Report valuation

Should I get a separate valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for rebuilding permanent outbuildings) and how is it worked out

A Homebuyer Report on a UK building will include an independent valuation and a reinstatement cost as standard. To be able to determine the value of the property your RICS valuer will take into account local property market knowledge and other considerations about the property e.g. desirability of the location. The surveyor will also consider construction type and make certain other assumptions, for example no contamination in or from ground.

A Building Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.



Further UK assumptions, like the property being insurable, are made in addition to UK environmental issues like nearby pubs, which will also be factored in.

Asbestos roof tiles

The vendor has mentioned there may be loose asbestos containing roof tiles at the flat. What is asbestos, what are the risks and can it be removed?

During a HomeBuyer Report or building survey, the surveyor will check for asbestos, and will confirm if they suspect any is present in the structure. Given the serious risk asbestos poses, a surveyor may be unable to categorically state that a home is asbestos-free, and may recommend that an asbestos specialist be called in to investigate further. Once asbestos is identified, an asbestos removal specialist can be called in to deal with the material.

Asbestos is rightly feared by homeowners, as exposure to the substances' tiny fibres can lead to an increaseed risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, and symptoms may not be felt for decades. Some properties are more at risk than others, particularly homes built from the 1930s to 50s, but asbestos has been used for a very wide variety of purposes, from pipe insulation to textured paint.

Importantly, it is not possible to always identify asbestos-containing products on sight. Your surveyor may suggest removal or, possibly, repair. Undisturbed asbestos-containing products can be quite safe, as the fibres are not exposed, but where such a material is damaged the risk increasees significantly. Therefore, asbestos in a home should be monitored regularly, and treated appropriately if and when any damage is found.

Weathered granite wall

What are the implications of buying a property built with granite walls?

Granite is rarely used in modern construction and not often encountered when conducting a Homebuyers Report. However it was quite a common building material in the 18th and 19th century in some parts of the country - mostly the south west of England. If you are buying a period property in one of these areas you may find that granite was used to build parts or even whole walls of your home.

Often granite was used to build the lower courses of the wall and this actually serves well as a damp proof course, minimising the likelihood of rising damp. These walls were typically built with lime mortar but surveyors sometimes discover that cement has been used to patch up areas of pointing. Many find this to be unsuitable from an aesthetic point of view. More importantly the cement does not form a good bond at the margin between the stone and the mortar and this can allow for water ingress.

Once water gets in the freezing and defrosting cycle can lead to cracking which exacerbates the situation allowing more water penetration. Ultimately damp can therefore be an issue. If you are buying a house made of Granite your surveyor will look closely for any issues. As Surveyor Local employ local experts, your surveyor will know exactly what to look for.

Get an instant
home survey quote online

Get a quote