A house is the most expensive outlay that most of us will ever make. Before you decide to commit yourself legally, you can limit the risks by asking a Chartered Surveyor to answer the following questions for you:
What is a reasonable price to pay for the property?
Are there any serious or urgent defects or specific risks with the property?
A Homebuyer Survey and Valuation, often shortened to "Homebuyer's Report", will help you make a reasoned and informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying a property. The service is designed for a lay person who is seeking a professional opinion at an economic price.
The focus of the service is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of a property and identifying and evaluating the particular features that affect its value.
Arranging your own survey is the simple, cost effective way to avoid unpleasant - and perhaps expensive - surprises after moving in. In some cases, the surveyor's report may allow you to renegotiate the price of the property.
Downloadable documents (PDF)
The "Description of the RICS Homebuyer Service" and "Choosing Between Surveys" downloadable information sheets to the right are useful in choosing the correct survey. If you have further queries, please contact our qualified surveyors who are happy to provide free advice.