The RICS HomeBuyer Report (HBR) is a survey report that has been designed to give you concise information about the condition of a property. 

The RICS HomeBuyer Report uses a clear traffic-light coding system to describe the condition of each area of the property, and highlight any problems your surveyor has identified. The report also includes a valuation of the property to help you decide what is a reasonable price to pay.

The report is written in plain English and broken down into the following sections:

  • What is included and how the inspection is carried out
  • A summary of condition ratings and the surveyor’s overall opinion of the property
  • Features of the property
  • Elements outside of the property
  • Elements inside of the property
  • Services (such as electricity, gas, and water)
  • Garages, permanent outbuildings and grounds
  • Issues for your legal advisers
  • Risks to the building (for example any damp, timber and structural movement), grounds, people and other areas
  • Market value
  • What to do next
  • Maintenance tips
  • A house diagram

This service is broadly equivalent to RICS level 2 which is described on the RICS website at