A HomeBuyer Report is a survey usually suitable for conventional properties in reasonable condition. Costs start at £400 and increase depending on the property value.
This will help you find out if there are any structural problems, such as subsidence or damp, as well as any other hidden issues inside and outside.
The HomeBuyer Report doesn’t look beyond the floorboards or behind the walls.
Some home-buyers’ reports include a property valuation, so you might be able to revise your offer if the survey reveals a lower price than the mortgage lender’s valuation.
If there’s no valuation included, you could use the report’s suggestions for repairs to renegotiate the price.
For example, if it’s going to cost you £5,000 to carry out work on the property’s damp walls, it’s reasonable to offer £5,000 less than the asking price.