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 is sometimes also referred two as a Level Two survey. It can help you to assess whether you’re paying a fair price as well as minimise the risk of unexpected issues and costs arising in the future.

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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 £700 + 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.

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Extremely thorough, very responsive and super helpful. We are in the process of buying a victorian house and Grant’s level 3 survey is a must to get a comprehensive view of what we’re getting into. Well worth it.

Sem H March 22
Sem H

Very efficient and helpful over the phone. I strongly recommend as they take the time to talk you through the process, especially if you are a new home buyer like myself. Thank you for all your help!!

Carlo G March 22
Carlo G

Barnes and Partners carried out a probate valuation for me following the death of my wife. It all went well and was completed in around a week.

Guy T March 22
Guy T

The biggest benefit of Barnes and Barnes was that we felt secure in our purchase.

Nicole First Time Buyer, Victorian House

Grant and his team were responsive and friendly producing a very thorough report within agreed timescales.

Claudine  Dec 2021

Barnes and Barnes were recommended to me, and I would definitely recommend them to others myself. I commissioned them to do a Home Buyer Report. The Report was thorough and very informative. The surveyor was also available for a follow-up phone call. I had the impression they really care about their job, which is very reassuring as a property buyer.

F Carlotto Dec 2021
F Carlotto

Valuation of residential property. An informative report was produced on time and for a reasonable price. Helpful and polite staff.

B Smith October 2021
B Smith

Mr Barnes was very helpful in identifying important defects in the house which we were planning to purchase, and as a result, we were able to avoid a bad bargain. His surveying report was also extremely detailed and well-written, and his advice very professional. We would definitely recommend his firm to others.

E Chan October 21
E Chan

I commissioned a probate valuation survey from Barnes & Barnes of my late father’s flat in Islington for inheritance tax purposes. I do not live in Islington and needed an accurate valuation from professionals who are familiar with the area and know the local property market. Grant carried out a thorough survey and the valuation report was well-reasoned and easy to follow. I was and am very pleased with the service I received.

J Mitchell September 2021
J Mitchell

The survey was arranged speedily and efficiently and carried out on the day specified. The report was full and produced to a good standard although it took slightly longer than the time originally indicated. The post report discussions with the surveyor himself were very helpful.

S Smith September 2021
S Smith
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