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

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 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 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


    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 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.

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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.