What is a HomeBuyer Survey?
  • Romans Surveyors offer professional guidance and extensive market knowledge to all of our clients. As members of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), we provide you with essential, independent advice, helping you make the right decision before you purchase your new home. So give yourself peace of mind. Order your report and be safe in the knowledge that we’re experts in surveying.

    Before you commit to buying your dream home, make sure that you request an RICS Home Survey from a qualified RICS member, such as Romans Surveyors.

    Our HomeBuyer reports will help you to:

    • Make an informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying the property
    • Decide what is a reasonable price to pay for the property
    • Contemplate if you need any further advice before exchanging contracts
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HomeBuyer surveys FAQs

What is a HomeBuyer Survey?

The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey) gives you clear ‘traffic light’ ratings showing the condition of the property, advice for your legal advisors and details of urgent defects. The report also recommends necessary repairs and ongoing maintenance advice. It includes a detailed visual examination of the property that are available for inspection.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey & Valuation) also includes a separate market valuation and insurance reinstatement costs.

Who needs HomeBuyer Surveys?

A HomeBuyer Survey is ideal for more conventional residential property built within the past 100 years. It provides extensive information and is ideal if you are buying or selling a house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition.

For properties over 100 years old, or those that have undergone a major extension/alteration, we recommend a Building Survey.

What does a RICS HomeBuyer Survey include?

Once you’ve received your HomeBuyer Survey quote and you instruct Romans Surveyors to carry out a HomeBuyer Report for the property you’re thinking of buying or selling we will begin the report as soon as possible. Each report will contain the following:

Clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that require varying degrees of attention

A summary of the risks to the condition of the building and other matters including guarantees, planning and building control issues for your legal advisers A list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property Issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions

Legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your conveyancing Information on location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency (where available)

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Get advice from an industry expert Luke McAndrew, BSc, MRICS

Luke undertakes, Building Surveys, HomeBuyer Reports, Party Wall matters, construction monitoring, project management, architectural design,schedules of condition & dilapidation.