The RICS Homebuyer Report
The RICS Homebuyer Report is a second tier and more extensive survey offered by AJA under the direction of RICS. If you are in the process of or considering to buy a property, whether in the London area or elsewhere, the Home Buyer Report from AJA Surveyors is a wise choice. The Homebuyer report, prepared by one of AJA’s chartered building surveyors, provides you with an excellent overall awareness of the condition of the property you are interested in buying. It attempts to identify what issues might be hiding that could cause problems and additional expense at a later date – from likely repairs, damp and other less obvious issues not visible without a professionally trained eye. A building and property survey of this nature will go a long way in assuring you the building and property’s grounds you are buying are basically sound.
This type of report is ideal for properties in a reasonable condition and of a standard construction dating back to 1850. This is the basic report you’d have carried out if your were buying a property. It includes all the elements of the RICS Condition Report and also:
- Professional advice in regard to ongoing repairs and maintenance.
- The surveyor will provide a market valuation.
- An estimate of reinstatement costs for insurances purposes will also be provided.
The report covers the following areas
The first thing to note is that the inspection at this level does not force open or expose the fabric of the property. As it’s likely to be a newer property, these areas should not be problematic. So at this level you shouldn’t expect the surveyor to start taking up carpets, floor boards, moving furniture around or the contents of your attic / loft. The surveyor may use public property next foo to stand at ground level to carry out parts of the inspection.
You may find the building surveyor using limited equipment, such as a damp-meter, visual aids, torches, etc and maybe a short ladder.
The property survey looks at the inside and outside of the main building and any buildings considered to be permanent outbuildings.
Services To The Property
The surveyor will check the property for services that are supplied – gas, electricity, sewerage, etc. He won’t be carrying out any tests on them and a visual inspection doesn’t assess services for safety.
Outside The Property
The property surveyor looks at fences, wall bounding the property, permanent outbuildings and shared use areas. If the property has a swimming pool or other sports, these are considered as permanent outbuildings. Leisure facilities such as tennis courts and the pool itself along with landscaping facilities are not inspected.
Inspection focuses on the outside facades of the building and their condition, along with halls and stairways. He doesn’t inspect other building facilities such as lifts, alarms and drainage.
Dangerous Materials, Contamination and Environmental issues
The surveyor makes the basic assumption that no harmful materials have been used in the construction of the property. If he suspects there is a problem he will recommend further investigation.
The Benefits Of This Type Of Property Survey Include:
- It provides a condition rating of the property.
- Helps identify possible problems useful in price negotiations.
- It’s suitable for standard built properties from 1850.
- Highlights areas needing urgent attention.
- Provides advice to your legal advisors.
- Provides professional advice on maintenance and repairs.
- Provides a market valuation.
- Provides building reinstatement costs estimate for insurance purposes.
Property and building surveyors AJA Surveyors are based in London and work throughout the UK, so if you feel the RICS Homebuyers Report is right for your next property move, call or email us today or use the form in the sidebar.