When purchasing a property, you want to ensure there are no defects or hidden surprises. An RICS HomeBuyer Report will ensure that you’re fully aware of any issues pre-purchase. In addition, your Icon Surveyor will assess the sale price and give a professional opinion on how reasonable the price is, enabling you to be confident in your decision to go ahead with the purchase. An RICS Qualified Surveyor then compiles the findings in an RICS report, using a traffic light format for ease of understanding.

RICS Home Buyer Report Condition Ratings

  • 1

    Green: Condition Rating 1 (CR1)

    No repair is currently needed.

  • 2

    Amber: Condition Rating 2 (CR2)

    Defect that requires repair or replacing, not considered serious or urgent.

  • 3

    Red: Condition Rating 3 (CR3)

    Serious defect requires immediate repair, replacement or urgent investigation.

What’s included in a Home Buyers Report

  • Visual inspection of the property, designed to assess its overall condition and state of repair.
  • Highlighting major faults, defects and their possible implications, along with recommendations for further action.
  • Visual inspection of all building elements inside and out, including walls, ceilings, roofs, guttering, windows and doors.
  • Visual appraisal of services including gas/oil heating, electricity, water and drainage, with recommendations for further inspections where necessary.
  • ‘Traffic light’ grading system used to indicate the severity of any defects identified.
  • Highlighting any urgent repair issues, as well as future maintenance requirements.
  • Where applicable, observations about planning & building control, disputes and other legal matters, for further investigation by the conveyancer.

RICS HomeBuyers Report Most
Common Defects

  • Structural defects

    Structural

    Structural issues can be caused by a multitude of factors, and can be both a cause for concern and costly. It is important to seek advice from a qualified and experienced Surveyors.

  • Damp in property

    Damp

    Damp is the most common defect found when undertaking an RICS Home Buyers Report. Rectifying damp can cost anywhere from several hundred pounds to several thousand pounds. It is a defect that can be hidden, if the property has been recently decorated. Qualified and experienced Surveyors like us, will be able to advise you and address the issues cause.

  • Knotweed

    Knotweed

    Fallopia Japonica is a herbaceous plant commonly known as Knotweed. This plant is extremely difficult and expensive to exterminate. The roots can destabilize garden walls, outbuildings buildings and conservatories. It is important that you identify this menace quickly.

  • Pests in Property

    Pests

    Pests can be a costly problem. Beetles and Woodworm quickly work their way through timber aspects of a property, causing irreparable damage. It is important to seek advice from a qualified and experienced Surveyor, to catch this problem early.

We believe that RICS HomeBuyer Report costs should be transparent. in order to obtain a fixed cost, please get in touch with our Surveying team who will be happy to advise.

RICS HomeBuyer Report for Flats

From £650 + VAT

RICS HomeBuyer Report for Houses

From £1,150 + VAT

Team Accreditations

  • qualifications

    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is one of the world's largest and most influential professional bodies that regulates and promotes the property surveying profession. With a Royal Charter since 1881. Within our team, we have both RICS Registered Party Wall Surveyors, Valuers and RICS Accredited Mediators.

  • qualifications

    Chartered Institute of Building

    The Chartered Institute of Building is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. With a Royal Charter since 1834 to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society.

  • qualifications

    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is the world’s leading qualification and professional body for dispute avoidance and dispute management. With a Royal Charter since1979.

  • qualifications

    CABE

    Chartered Association of Building Engineers

    A Building Engineer is a competent, professionally qualified, experienced individual with a critical understanding of the interaction of buildings and people. Building Engineers collaborate to deliver better outcomes for everyone.

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is one of the world’s largest and most influential professional bodies that regulates and promotes the property surveying profession. With a Royal Charter since 1881. Within our team, we have both RICS Registered Party Wall Surveyors, Valuers and RICS Accredited Mediators.

    Chartered Institute of Building

    The Chartered Institute of Building is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. With a Royal Charter since 1834 to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society.

    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

    The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is the world’s leading qualification and professional body for dispute avoidance and dispute management. With a Royal Charter since1979.

    CABE

    Chartered Association of Building Engineers

    A Building Engineer is a competent, professionally qualified, experienced individual with a critical understanding of the interaction of buildings and people. Building Engineers collaborate to deliver better outcomes for everyone.

  • qualifications

    Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

    The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) specialises in mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We are an independent non-profit organisation and a registered charity.

  • qualifications

    RICS

    The independent quality assurance process of Valuer Registration, reinforces the highest professional standards. Valuer Registration is a risk monitoring and quality assurance programme which checks compliance with the RICS Red Book.

  • qualifications

    Accredited Mediators

    All Accredited Mediators included on the register will have successfully completed training with RICS or a training provider that meets the requirements of the Civil Mediation Council.

  • qualifications

    Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors

    The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors promotes the highest standards of professional practice in this field of expertise and to expand the knowledge and study of all matters to do with party walls, to encourage the exchange of information and ideas amongst its Members.

  • Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

    The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) specialises in mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We are an independent non-profit organisation and a registered charity.

    RICS

    The independent quality assurance process of Valuer Registration, reinforces the highest professional standards. Valuer Registration is a risk monitoring and quality assurance programme which checks compliance with the RICS Red Book.

    Accredited Mediators

    All Accredited Mediators included on the register will have successfully completed training with RICS or a training provider that meets the requirements of the Civil Mediation Council.

    Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors

    The Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors promotes the highest standards of professional practice in this field of expertise and to expand the knowledge and study of all matters to do with party walls, to encourage the exchange of information and ideas amongst its Members.

FAQ

How long does it take, to receive my RICS HomeBuyer Report?

Here at Icon we usually inspect the property within 3 days of being instructed.

We usually provide you’re completed RICS HomeBuyer Report within 4 days, of completing our site inspection.

Yes, we will advise on the required repairs, as well as give an indication of their cost, ensuring you’re fully informed pre-purchase.

We will thoroughly inspect both the exterior & interior of the property. I.e. gardens, loft voids, cellars, and any area that’s accessible.

Yes, here at Icon a valuation is included as standard. Allowing you to be armed, with negotiating power pre-purchase.