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HomeBuyer Reports Hastings

Southdown Surveyors have extensive experience providing clients throughout Hastings & 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.

Established in 2006, Southdown Surveyors are a local, independent practice with extensive experience providing detailed surveys and reports to clients throughout Hastings and the South East. Our services are tailored to satisfy your specific needs, providing the information you require to make an informed decision on your prospective property purchase. With Southdown Surveyors you receive a personal and friendly service with competitive fees. 

One of our many services is the RICS HomeBuyer Report. The format of this report is ideal for properties of standard construction of a reasonable size and condition. Designed by the RICS to be an ‘economy’ report, the RICS HomeBuyer Report assesses the overall condition of the property, identifying any immediate and/or urgent problems (significant defects) observed by the Surveyor, which may affect its value. The main differences as identified by the RICS are outlined on this PDF. This report is instructed by you, undertaken in your interest and delivered directly to you for your personal use. 

Within the Homebuyer Report you are provided 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 property purchase, your lender will instigate the undertaking of a ‘valuation’. It is important to be aware that this is a very basic report which does not specifically address the condition of the property. Ultimately, it is undertaken for the lender’s benefit, not for you as the purchaser. In obtaining a HomeBuyer Report from Southdown Surveyors in Hastings you will be left 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 money, time and stress!

Survey Levels

RICS HomeBuyer Report (HBR) - Survey level two: 

This report is most suitable for conventional properties in reasonable condition. It provides detailed information and 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.

RICS Building Survey - Survey level three: 

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

Southdown Surveyors proudly offer expert advice and professional assistance to clients looking to purchase properties throughout Hastings and the South East. We have specific experience helping clients in and around the areas of Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne. For more information on the services we provide, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Give us a call on 01323 739183, fill in the form above or email us at info@southdownsurveyors.com where we will respond as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

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