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I am looking to make a first time buy on a property and I was looking around for surveyor to provide a HomeBuyer report. I was getting quotes of around 600 to 800 (Inc VAT) till I came across Hugh … Read More
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2w, 2d agoPosted 2 weeks, 2 days ago
I am looking to make a first time buy on a property and I was looking around for surveyor to provide a HomeBuyer report.

I was getting quotes of around 600 to 800 (Inc VAT) till I came across Hugh James Surveyors LTD. Link below:

http://www.hughjames.org/Services#RICSHomebuyerService

I am getting the impression that they are a team of two in a very small office. They are offering the same report for £360 (Inc VAT).

I am wondering whether there is any difference between who I choose considering they would all be doing the same checks?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
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2w, 2d agoPosted 2 weeks, 2 days ago
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#1
There are different types of reports depending on what you need. Make sure you are comparing like for like and that they are RICS registered. They may be trying to break into the market hence the lower price. Also try googling them for any reviews. Good luck
#2
We had a detailed home survey done last year when purchased our property and if I'm honest we didn't feel it was worth paying the extra. Of course it makes sense to have one done however go with a reliable RICS registered surveyor, saving £100 at this point and getting a sub standard report isn't worth it.
#3
https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/a-guide-to-homebuyer-surveys-and-costs

The one you mention above seems a bit vague and rather basic, I think a bit more research is required so you know what you want and what you can expect from the surveyor.
#4
Are you getting a mortgage?
If so, the mortgage company often appoint the surveyor for the valuation report, which they often pay for.
You can then top this up with the structural report or the full report
#5
Thank you all for your responses.

Looking at the 'Money Advice Service' link, it seems as if the price of £360 sounds about right for the HomeBuyer report. Hugh James is listed on the RICS directory, and that is how I found them initially.

I did have a read through the different types of reports, and the RICS HomeBuyer Report is definitely the one I am after. Am I right in assuming that the same template would be used for all RICS HomeBuyer Reports regardless of which RICS registered surveyor I use?

Edited By: kolossalk on May 10, 2017 09:45: more specific
#6
thetino
Are you getting a mortgage?
If so, the mortgage company often appoint the surveyor for the valuation report, which they often pay for.
You can then top this up with the structural report or the full report

Yes - I am. Barclays have recommended a couple of Surveyors to contact to get quotes. They said they will not be appointing a surveyor themselves.
#7
Depends on the type and value of the property you are buying . If a full structural the surveyors report will have loads of get out clauses in it. We could not find any , but there might be , type phrases.

Go round your self and check for any obvious signs of damp or cracks and take a pair of binoculars to look at the roof. Unless the property is very old or has some obvious signs of faults , then contact your lender and they will give you a choice of surveyors that are on their panel and their basic recommended survey report should do.

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