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What is the difference between a Building Survey and HomeBuyer Report?

It can be quite confusing trying to understand which survey is suitable for your property. That’s why we want to give you all the information we can to make you feel reassured in your decision.

So which one is for you?


For most conventional properties, a HomeBuyer Report would be sufficient. It provides significant detail about the property and provides detailed ratings for each aspect of the building. The HomeBuyer Report includes a general inspection and valuation of the property. This should be suitable for your property if:

  • It is a conventional and previously occupied property in a reasonable condition

  • You want reassurance about your property choice

  • You want to save money by negotiating the price based on our findings

  •  You need general advice on the property

Building Survey

The Building Survey is suitable for:

  • large, old or run-down properties

  • properties that are unusual or altered

  • properties where you are planning major works

This report gives more detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property. The report includes:

  • a thorough inspection and detailed report on a 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 and advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions

A building survey does not include a valuation but your surveyor may be able to provide this as an extra service.

Compare reports here.

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