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RICS Homebuyer Service

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.

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.

Please contact us for enquiries about our services in RICS Homebuyer Service - Call one of our regional offices, or get a quote online via our form at :

We have a quote form based at Surveybooker
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Contact us
by email:
or call any local office
on the telephone numbers below:

Kent (Head Office):

Telephone: 01795 506354
Allen & Smith Chartered Surveyors
Southsea Avenue
Kent ME12 2LU

South London Office:

Telephone: 020 78703384
Allen & Smith Chartered Surveyors
Old Bank House
363 Hither Green Lane
London SE13 6TJ

Berkshire Office:

Telephone: 01189 869963
Allen & Smith Chartered Surveyors
12a Southview Park
Marsack Street
Oxfordshire RG4 5AF

Essex Office:

Telephone: 01702 840033
Allen & Smith Chartered Surveyors
282 Leigh Road
Essex SS9 1BW
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Our customers say...

  • Faversham Kent - RICS Homebuyer Service - Kent

    Thanks for accommodating us with an appointment at short notice, and supplying us with our RICS report within days.

    It’s always difficult having to choose any service without prior knowledge of the company but I would definitely use and recommend you to others in the future.

    Thanks again,

  • RICS Survey Level 3 - Report - Building Survey - Dartford, Kent

    Thank you for your email response and for providing all of the helpful information also.

    I just wanted to say thank you for conducting the survey in a professional manner and observation like you did. On further searches which were carried out on the property we established that the property had in fact been…

  • Building survey - Building Survey - Kent

    Perfect thank you Pam and please do thank the surveyor for their additional work.

  • Building survey - Building Survey - Dartford, Kent

    We were very happy with the survey, particularly we were relieved to read that your surveyor believes the extension and loft conversions to be several decades old. This has helped us in our decision to proceed with the purchase of the property. Thank you for a very thorough report.

  • Building survey, Kent - Building Survey - Kent

    I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for providing this report so quickly for us. We used your services during our previous move and are so glad we did so again. We will certainly always recommend you to friends and family. You are stars and have really helped us out during a very stressful and time constrained move.…

  • Pre-purchase survey - Building Survey - Reading, Berkshire

    I had initially looked at the property I was buying and could not find any major issues to the untrained eye but decided to use Allen Smith Surveys just as a precaution. I am glad I did, not because they found major problems, but because it put my mind at ease that the property was not going to cause me any stress when I…

  • Level 3 Survey - Building Survey - Reading

    Your firm recently carried out a survey for me at 3 xxxxxx, Wokingham. I wanted to double check if the Surveyor was able to inspect an outer wall of the house which is at the back and only accessible via a neighbouring property. I am intending to repoint the brickwork on the front of the house but I am not presently sure if…

  • Re: RICS Home Survey Level 3 report - RICS Homebuyer Service - Reading

    Thanks so much for the information and getting back to me promptly, and for responding to my enquiries about the costs involved.

  • Copper Beech Close - Building Survey - SE London

    Thanks for your help. I appreciate this.

  • Purchase survey - Building Survey - Reading, Berkshire

    Dear sir or madam, Thank you for your email and for the property survey and valuation. Your survey was very comprehensive and easy to understand so we do not have any follow up questions and are proceeding with the purchase. Many thanks for your services and help.

  • Survey at 12 XXXXXXXXXXXX - Building Survey - SE London, Dartford

    Thank you for such and excellent well presented survey. I have used your advice for further questions to the seller and awaiting their reply.

    I would like to say I am very glad I had chosen your company and do not have any further questions at the moment. I apologise for the delay with my reply but I have had a bit…

  • Survey - Building Survey - Essex

    Thank you for the survey which is very clear and I have no follow up questions.