RICS Homebuyers Survey

What this offers: 

At Steren Surveyors we utilise the RICS Homebuyer survey which is a concise, user friendly report provided in a standardised format that ensures a thorough inspection is undertaken and that the surveyor looks at all sections of the property that are readily visible or accessible.

This survey identifies significant defects, readily apparent potential hazards and essential repairs and aims to reassure the client of such areas of concern using a ‘traffic light’ condition rating system.

Defects that are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.
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.
No repair is currently needed. The property must be maintained in the normal way.
Not inspected (see 'Important note') below.

Regulation and Guidance Documents

Furthermore, the client will be advised regarding potential legal issues and given guidance on the value, including a range of appendices providing additional relevant information. The RICS homebuyer Report is commonly recommended for post 1960’s, conventional homes that are in a reasonable condition and that have not been significantly altered or extended since original construction.

The main objectives of a RICS Homebuyer Report is to investigate and highlight potential concerns with:

  • The structural condition of a property
  • Areas of movement
  • Dampness
  • Drainage (where accessible)
  • Rainwater pipes and gutters
  • Timber defects
  • Insulation
  • Condensation
  • Roof structure
  • Windows and doors
  • External walls
  • Services (electricity, gas, drainage, water, heating)
  • Party walls
  • Mundic
  • Japanese Knotweed and other invasive species
  • Radon Gas
  • Environmental issues
  • Health and Safety

By doing so this will enable us to identify and advise on:

  • Areas of concern that should be investigated appropriately prior to legal commitment of the purchase.
  • Any issues that may impact present value or future saleability.
  • Any major works/expenditure that may be forthcoming
  • Whether a home has been valued accurately
  • If your home is habitable and safe


By doing so this will enable you to:

  • Renegotiate if there are major works highlighted.
  • Make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the purchase.


As a firm we take pride in the fact we will take the time to meet with you or discuss over the phone the report and guide you in the right direction.

We offer a unique post survey care review of your report and can talk through the highlighted concerns and issues that arise with you and third parties if needed. Click here for more information.

Get your RICS Homebuyer Report today

For honest, impartial and accurate advice from a trusted and innovative team of responsive experts, call Steren Surveyors.



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