RICS Homebuyer Survey & Report

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A HomeBuyer Report is a service carried out to a standard format, defined by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), designed for properties built after 1900, which are of conventional construction and in reasonable condition.

The report includes the following information:
The properties general condition
The surveyor gives condition ratings to the main parts (the ‘elements’) of the main building, garage and some outside elements. The condition ratings are described as follows.
Condition rating 3
Defects that are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.
Condition rating 2
Defects that need repairing or replacing but are not considered to be either serious or urgent. The property must be maintained in the normal way.
Condition rating 1
No repair is currently needed. The property must be maintained in the normal way.
Any significant defects, in accessible parts of the property, which may affect its value
Urgent and significant matters that need assessing before entering into exchanging contracts including recommendations for any further specialist inspections.
The recommended reinstatement cost for insurance purposes (the anticipated costs of re-constructing a building in the event of damage by an insured risk e.g. Fire) this is not the same as the market value of the property.
The value of the property on the open market
This report is not a detailed survey of every aspect of the property and focuses only on significant and urgent matters. It's not suitable for properties built before 1900, those in need of renovation or that you are planning to extend. Your surveyor will advise you.

Surveyors will comment on all parts of a property that are readily accessible but they are not obliged to inspect areas that are difficult to access. They won't lift carpets, shift furniture, use a ladder to inspect the roof if it is more than one storey up or move items stored in the loft.

Most surveyors are not experts in electrics or plumbing, so won't test services such as the wiring and water supply. However, they may comment on their condition. Where necessary, surveyors will recommend that an expert examination be carried out.
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Founded by Steven Way in 1995, the Collier Stevens practice was born with the specific aim of providing client friendly, easy to understand and fairly charged professional advice.

The Practice is regulated by the RICS & is a licenced provider of RICS HomeBuyer Reports.