HomeBuyer Reports East Dean

Southdown Surveyors have extensive experience providing clients throughout East Dean & Sussex with professional RICS HomeBuyer Reports.

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Buying a property is one of the most important, most expensive, financial investments often made in a lifetime, so it is important to have all the relevant information on a property before committing to its purchase. Whether you are a first time buyer, a landlord purchasing a buy-to-let investment or even perhaps looking for a second home – we can help.

Southdown Surveyors are a local, independent practice with extensive experience providing detailed surveys and reports to clients throughout East Dean and the South East. Established in 2006, our services are tailored to satisfy individual needs in order to provide the information required to make an informed decision on prospective property purchases. We offer competitive fees with a friendly and personal service, part of this service includes the RICS HomeBuyer Report. 

Obtaining a HomeBuyer Report from Southdown Surveyors will leave you well equipped to make an informed decision as to whether or not you would like to perhaps re-negotiate the purchase price of the property and/or progress the acquisition at all - potentially saving you both time, money and stress! This report is instructed by you, undertaken in your interest and delivered directly to you, for your personal use. The reporting format makes it ideal for properties of standard construction, reasonable size and condition. Designed by the RICS as an ‘economy’ report, the RICS HomeBuyer Report assesses the condition overall of the property, identifying any urgent and/or immediate problems (significant defects) observed by the Surveyor, which could affect its value. The main differences as identified by the RICS are outlined in this PDF

The RICS HomeBuyer Report provides you with the option to include a market valuation and rebuild cost assessment (for your insurance purposes). Ordinarily, if you are relying on a mortgage to fund your purchase, your lender will instigate the undertaking of a ‘Valuation’. It is important to realise that this is only a basic report which does not specifically address the condition of the property and is ultimately undertaken for the lender’s benefit, not for you as the purchaser. 

Survey Levels

Survey level two: RICS HomeBuyer Report (HBR)

This report is suited to conventional properties in reasonable condition. The report gives you more detailed information and provides the choice of either a survey or a survey & valuation.

  • HomeBuyer Report (survey) - Includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the property with repairs and ongoing maintenance advice
  • HomeBuyer Report (survey & valuation) - Includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report, plus a market valuation and insurance rebuild costs. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the value of the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice.

Survey level three: RICS Building Survey

Essential for older or larger properties, or if you’re planning major works. The most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property's condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.

Southdown Surveyors offer expert advice and professional assistance to those looking to purchase a property throughout East Dean and the South East. We have specific experience helping clients in and around the areas of East Dean, Brighton, Seaford and Eastbourne. 

For more information on the services we provide, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can either call us on 01323 739183, fill in the form above, or email us at, where we will respond as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

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