RICS Homebuyer’s Surveys 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’s Survey 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’s Survey?

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’s Survey 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’s Survey 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’s Survey 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’s Survey?

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

Buying a home in London? Barnes & Barnes provide you with impartial, independent and accurate surveys of your property.
Mon–Fri 9.30am–5.30pm

Email Us

Get A Quote

Not Sure Which Property Survey Is Best For You?

Take a look at our RICS Property Survey Comparison chart, or get in touch to discuss.

Checking everything from the ground up
Click image to enlarge