The main features of the Homebuyer service are compared with those of a Building Survey below;

Homebuyer Survey
and Valuation
Building Survey
Type of propertyConventional houses, flats, bungalows, etc. in apparently reasonable condition.Any resedential property in any condition.
Type of ServiceEconomy package in standard form.A detailed and comprehensive report that can be tailored to suit your needs.
Objects of ServiceTo assist Client to:
(1) make an informed judgement on wether or not to proceed.
(2) assess what would be a reasonable purchase price for the Property.
(3) assess all urgent and significant matters before exchanging contracts (in Scotland, before concluding an offer)
To provide Client with;
(1) a detailed assessment of the condition of the Property.
(2) technical advice on the problems and remedial works.
Special FeaturesFocus on urgent and significant mattersComprehensive details of Property’s construction, materials, uses and defects.
ValuationIntegral part of HOMEBUYER ServiceProvided as agreed extra.
Form of reportCompact, fixed RICS format.In Surveyors own format, usually much longer and much more technical.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 2005