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RICS HomeBuyer Reports

Our Surveyors have undertaken thousands of RICS HomeBuyer Reports over the years

RICS HomeBuyer Reports

We pride ourselves in our thorough and impartial approach

If you’re purchasing a property, you will most likely want the peace of mind that it is a sound purchase and investment free from defect and issue.

An RICS HomeBuyer Report ensures that you’re fully aware pre-purchase of all of the defects and issues that exist within the property. 

The report ensures that an RICS Qualified Surveyor inspects all facets of the property and then compiles his findings in a comprehensive and thorough report designed by the RICS in a traffic light format for ease of following and reading. 

What Does a Surveyor do during an RICS HomeBuyer Report?

The Surveyor’s role will be to comprehensively inspect all parts of the property both externally and internally.

Their aim will be to identify every defect that exists to the property and then determine the cause, thereby presenting the client with objective advice on how to rectify the issue.

The outcome of the Surveyor’s inspection will be a robust report setting out all of his or her observations and ultimately fully informing the property purchaser in advance of the exchange of contracts or completion.

The RICS HomeBuyer Report
Condition Rating System

Whatever the condition rating is, here at Stokemont you will be sure to get reasoned and practical advice to best address and overcome the issue.

Condition Rating 1: Green

This means that there is no repair currently needed – It’s the best outcome!

Condition Rating 2: Amber

This means that the item being inspected has a defect that requires repairing or replacing.  However, it is worth noting that the defect is not considered to be serious or urgent. – This is a medium rating confirming that the item may need attention at some point in the near future.

Condition Rating 3: Red

This means there are defects that are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently – This is the worst rating possible and will mean urgent attention and likely cost is required.

Stokemont’s top 5 Common Property Defects Noted over the Years


Damp is by far one of the most common defect our Surveyor’s locate on a daily basis. This defect can cause severe issue if it isn’t addressed. With costs of repair, nuisance and decorative remedy required, this isn’t a defect to miss!


Property Subsidence causes can be far and wide and related to a vast array of causes. With decorative making good and repair costs being substantial, ensuring the property is clear of this defect is imperative.


Ranging from woodworm, wood boring beetles, wasps and even birds! Pests can take many different forms. Woodworm and Beetles can quickly work their way through the wooden fabric of the property, causing irreparable damage and costly replacement.  


Defective roofs can be as simple as changing the covering, however can also be more sinister requiring structural support and even replacement. Roofs tend to be one of the most frequently ignored parts of the property. Ensuing you’re abreast of any issues pre purchase is imperative.

Façade Issues

With common issues such as spalling brickwork, damp ingress, bridged damp proof course, or blown render. Repairs can be costly and easy for an untrained eye to miss. Ensuring your clear of these defects is a must for any homebuyer.

RICS HomeBuyer Report Surveying Costs

Here at Stokemont, we believe that RICS HomeBuyer Report Surveying costs should be transparent and clear. As a guide our prices are as below, in order to obtain a fixed cost, please get in touch with our Surveying team who will be happy to advise.

RICS HomeBuyer Reports for Flats

From £550 + VAT

RICS HomeBuyer Reports for Houses

From £750 + VAT

Typical RICS HomeBuyer Report Surveying Questions

Will the Surveyor inspect both inside and outside of the property?

Yes, the Surveyor’s role will be to determine all issues and defects associated with the property.

This will mean that they need to access and inspect both the internal and external parts of it.

What should I do with the Report identifies defect?

We would advise in speaking with the Surveyor who prepared the RICS HomeBuyer Report to discuss his or recommendations.

If the defects are low risk and easy to rectify. At this stage, we would advise going back to the seller alerting them to the Surveyor’s findings, and ultimately renegotiating the agreed sale price to take account the repairs needed.

If the defects are of a major concern, it may be appropriate to reconsider proceeding with the sale.

Why do I need an RICS Homebuyers Report?

The RICS HomeBuyer Report will see a qualified and experienced RICS Surveyor visit the property in advance of the exchange and completion taking place.

The survey ensures that you are fully informed on all the defects to the property, enabling you to make a fully informed decision as a purchaser, avoiding any nasty and costly defect surprise once you are the legal owner.

Will the Surveyor be Qualified?

Yes, in order to undertake an RICS HomeBuyer Report, the Surveyor must be a professional RICS member.

All our Surveyors are not only RICS members, but are also members of other leading governing bodies including the CIOB, CABE and CIArb.

Team Qualifications 

Our team of Surveyors are not only highly experienced but importantly they are also qualified.

 We’re proud to confirm our Surveyors hold membership status and accreditation to some of the world’s leading professional governing bodies including; the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), the Pyramus and Thisbe Club (P&T) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

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