The Homebuyers Survey is particularly suited to a property of modern construction. Whilst it is no lesser a Survey than the Building Survey, the report is more concise and of a shorter format but still covers all the main parts of the building.
Within the HomeBuyers Report we check for the major problems that cause concern such as:
- Damp, timber defects, structural movement, sub-standard construction and condition of roof surfaces.
- Issues that you need to discuss with your solicitor such as rights of way, alterations for which Planning Permission or Building Regulations were needed.
- Health and Safety risks which can be as varied as dangerous electrical systems, lack of safety glass to internal doors and leaking boiler flues.
We also provide a Valuation of the property and a Reinstatement figure as to the amount you should insure the building for.
The RICS Homebuyers Report (HBR) was established in 1981 and was re-launched in 2009 to provide an update from the old format of reporting.
One of the biggest changes introduced in the current Homebuyers Survey is the use of Condition Ratings. Each part of the building is given a Rating using a traffic light system which many clients find particularly useful in prioritising the works that are needed.
These Ratings are defined as follows.
Condition Rating 1… No repair is currently needed. The property must be maintained in the normal way.
Condition Rating 2… Defects that need repairing or replacing but are not considered to be either serious or urgent. The property must be maintained in the normal way.
Condition Rating 3… Defects which are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.
Not Inspected… This indicates that this element which would normally be inspected cannot be seen, for example, a loft space with no access hatch.
DowlingDodd are Licensed by the RICS to produce these surveys across Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly. The reports are issued to clients in hard copy format and electronically to your email address in PDF format, an example of which is shown below.
Julian Crosby recently carried out a HomeBuyers Survey and Valuation on a 50 year old bungalow in a village between Truro and Falmouth. It was a property that needed a lot of modernising and updating but there was one particular problem that was encountered with the drains.
The property had been unoccupied for several years and the gardens had become very overgrown although a kind neighbour had cut back a lot of the shrubs and bushes close to the building.
Julian noticed that it looked like bamboo that had been planted many years ago and had grown unchecked and shoots were pushing up through the path around the property.
The bamboo had infact got into the drainage system and was growing out of the soil vent pipe.
In the few years that the bungalow had been left empty the problem had got so bad that we had to recommend complete renewal of the drains