Apex Chartered Surveyors
Apex, Office 1, Buildmain Business Centre, Atherton, Manchester M46 9FP
01942 873 239

RICS HomeBuyer Report

Choose this report if you need more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and in reasonable condition.

The HomeBuyer Report includes the following:

  • A list of problems the surveyor considers may affect the property.
  • Clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, garage and outbuildings, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention.
  • Advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance.
  • Issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions.
  • Legal issues that need to be address before completing your purchase.
  • Information on location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency (where available).


HomeBuyer Report
RICS HomeBuyers Report

RICS HomeBuyer Report (Survey and Valuation)

As the RICS HomeBuyer Report but includes:

  • The surveyor’s professional opinion on the ‘market value’ of the property.
  • An insurance reinstatement figure for the property.
  • A list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property.


RICS Building Survey

Choose a Building Survey (formerly called a Structural Survey) if you are dealing with an older or run-down property or a building that is unusual or altered. A Building Survey is also highly recommended if you are planning major works. The RICS Building Survey gives more detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property. The RICS Building Survey uses the same traffic light ratings as the Home Buyer Report.

It also includes:

  • A more thorough inspection and detailed report on wider range of issues.
  • A description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws.
  • An outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity.
  • Advice for your legal advisors and details of serious risk and dangerous conditions.

The RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation but your surveyor may be able to provide this as a separate extra service.


RICS Building Survey
Defect Survey

Defect survey

A Specific Defect Survey, or Specific Structural Survey, is a detailed inspection of a building’s particular structural problems or concerns, and any related building matters, which are found during the inspection.

The Specific Defect Report includes details of what is found during the building inspection. It states whether or not there is a problem with the structure of the building, and if there is, what needs to be done to rectify the problems found. Where repairs or remedial works are required, or if further investigations are recommended, the Defect Report provides the budget costs for these.


Schedule of Condition Report

Schedules of Condition are carried out in order to determine the condition of a property so that any existing defects can be identified and recorded.

A Schedule of Condition may be required in various situations, including:

  • As an attachment to a lease, in order to limit a tenant’s dilapidations liability, or in the case of a newly refurbished premises, to ensure there is a record of the condition in which the property is to be returned to the landlord.
  • In advance of building works to record the original condition.
  • By neighbouring landowners prior to remediation works.
  • As part of a Party Wall agreement.

Our knowledge and expertise in dealing with Dilapidations claims has enabled us to gain a unique understanding of how to correctly construct a Schedule of Condition that can truly aid the position of the client in a future Dilapidations claim as long as the property has been correctly maintained during the term of the lease.


RICS Building Survey
Valuation Report

Valuation Report (Non Lending)

Apex Chartered surveyors offer both domestic and commercial valuations. Please note our valuations cannot be used in conjunction with mortgage applications.