RICS Homebuyer Report In London

A Homebuyer’s Survey is designed to help you make a well-informed decision about purchasing a property in London. It can help you to assess whether you’re paying a fair price as well as minimising the risk of unexpected issues and costs arising in the future.

Is a RICS Homebuyer Report Right For Me?

We recommend the RICS Homebuyer’s Survey if:

  • The property appears to be in reasonable condition
  • It’s less than 100 years old
  • It hasn’t already been significantly altered
  • It’s built in a common style with conventional materials
  • You don’t want to make major alterations

If you aren’t sure if the RICS Homebuyer’s Survey is right for you, visit our RICS Property Survey Comparison here.

Why Do I Need A RICS Homebuyer Report?

Buying a property in London can be stressful, but the RICS Homebuyer’s Survey helps to reduce the risks associated with purchasing your new home.
A number of standard-setting and consumer protection organisations (including Which? and The Council of Mortgage Lenders) recommend seeking an independent home survey before committing to a property purchase.
A number of standard-setting and consumer protection organisations (including Which? and The Council of Mortgage Lenders) recommend seeking an independent home survey before committing to a property purchase.

What Does A RICS Homebuyer Report Give Me?

The RICS Homebuyer’s Survey identifies any serious defects or problems with the property, and any potential legal issues that you may want your solicitor to investigate. It also advises on any future maintenance issues that may arise, so that you can make informed financial planning decisions.

The RICS Homebuyer’s Survey also includes a market valuation, to determine if you’re paying a reasonable price, and a reinstatement value that you’ll need for insurance purpose. Reinstatement value is the cost it would take to rebuild your property if necessary.

After conversations with our Survey advisors, one of our Chartered Surveyors will inspect the property and compile a RICS Homebuyer’s Survey Report. The Report systematically covers the key elements of the building, flagging any issues that may require further investigation, and follows best practice guidelines issued by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). You can find a RICS Homebuyer’s Survey Report Sample here.

What Does A RICS Homebuyer Report Cost?

The full inspection and production of the RICS Homebuyer’s Survey Report starts from £400 + VAT. The final cost depends largely on the size of the property and its location.

How Long Does A RICS Homebuyer Report Take?

After a full inspection of your property by one of our Chartered Surveyors, our RICS Homebuyer’s Survey Report is usually available for your consideration within a week of the inspection.

Why Choose Barnes & Barnes For Your RICS Homebuyer Report?

As independent, RICS-accredited surveyors, we’re committed to always providing clear, impartial and expert advice. If you have any particular concerns about the property prior to our survey, we will address these fully, and you can discuss any questions you have about the RICS Homebuyer’s Survey Report after you receive it.

At every stage, you’ll deal with a friendly, efficient and impartial team, who are here to help reduce the pressures and stress of buying a home.

Our aim throughout the process is to provide you with the information you need to make the best possible decision about buying a new home, and to make this part of the buying process as smooth, straightforward and stress-free as possible.

Call us now for a free no-obligations quote:

0207 737 7243

Very professional and helpful.

M Tanner May 2021
M Tanner

The service I received was great! Communication was fantastic, all queries were addressed/resolved efficiently. The report was very thorough and allowed me to feel confident in my purchase. Definitely recommend their services.

A. Logo May 2021
A. Logo

I was really pleased with Barnes and Barnes. The follow-up call with the grant was amazing and extremely valuable. I’d definitely recommend Barnes and Barnes in the future.

D Berry April 2021
D Berry

From the start, the service was excellent, Grant was incredibly knowledgeable and professional. i was impressed and would thoroughly recommend this company.

E E  April 2021
E E

Nice people to work with and the quality of the survey was what was required. Would I recommend them to friends? Yes.

S Chambers April 2021
S Chambers

Really pleased with our recent survey, a very thorough report that enabled us to go ahead with the purchase of an old house. From booking the survey to receiving the report everything ran smoothly and I would recommend Barnes and Barnes.

N Winch April 2021
N Winch

Grant was extremely thorough in his report and was really helpful when it came to advising on key issues. Recommended!

R Marc April 2021
R Marc

I found the whole team at Barnes and Barnes very helpful. The survey was done within certain time constraints very efficiently. I can definitely recommend this firm to anyone.

P Wickramasinghe March 2021
P Wickramasinghe

Extremely happy with the service provided. Grant did a great job on the report, met all deadlines and took the time to explain the report. Andrea was fantastic. Booked our appointment quickly, responded to emails quickly and was contactable. Took a lot of stress away.

J Harris February 2021
J Harris

I was very happy with the thorough survey. It was very clear and a lot of care was taken. We are taking all of the advice Grant has given us.

D Salamon February 2021
D Salamon
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