You’ve found your dream home in the South of France. Before you buy, however, you need to have the building thoroughly checked over by a professional. The best way to do this is by commissioning a Homebuyers survey report. In this post, we’re going to take a close look at a Homebuyers survey checklist to see exactly what’s covered in this report.


What Is a Homebuyers Survey?

There are three main types of survey report you can have conducted. These are:

  • Condition report
  • Homebuyer report
  • Full Structural Survey


Read more: What Type of House Survey Do You Need in the South of France?


Also known as a Level 2 RICS Survey, a Homebuyer report is essentially a health check on the property. More detailed than a Condition report, yet not as in-depth as a Full Structural Survey, a Homebuyer survey is an independent review of all visible and accessible parts of a property, and is ideal for homes in reasonable condition that have not had significant remedial works done to them.

Homebuyers Survey Checklist – What’s Covered in a Homebuyers Report?

A Homebuyers survey report includes the following items:

  • A visual inspection of all major interior and exterior features, including walls, ceilings, roofs, bathrooms, kitchens, windows, plus all permanent outbuildings
  • A background check on the property and its location
  • A full assessment of drainage systems, as well as insulation and damp-proofing
  • Damp tests on walls
  • An inspection of the condition of the building’s timbers
  • Inspections of heating, electricity, and gas/oil to confirm they are all functional
  • The identification of any problems that may impact the property’s value
  • Full fault assessment that may require further investigation by a specialist – such as signs of subsidence
  • Details of major or urgent problems that require immediate action – for example, a suspected gas leak
  • Current valuation

Your professional surveyor will work from a checklist that contains all these items and will note the condition of each of the various aspects of the property. This information will then be written up in a Homebuyers survey report and presented to you for consideration before you make an official offer on the property.

What’s Not Included in a Homebuyers Report?

The Homebuyer report is not the most comprehensive survey report available. As such, it does not cover the following:

  • Inspections to parts of the property that are not immediately visible
  • Any communal areas – for example, the lift in an apartment building
  • In-depth inspections of electrics, gas, plumbing, drainage, and heating systems (however, the report will advise you on what to do and who to contact if a problem is suspected)
  • Temporary outbuildings

Even though it does not cover absolutely everything, a Homebuyers survey is a great option if the property is relatively new and appears to be in good condition.


However, if you are concerned about anything and worried it won’t be covered in a Homebuyers report, it may be worth investing in a Full Structural Survey instead.


Read more: How to Conduct a Full Structural Survey in the South of France

Charles Mackintosh: South of France Property Surveyor

If you’re looking for a property surveyor in the South of France, then look no further.


Charles Mackintosh is a RICS chartered surveyor who has lived and worked in the region for over 30 years, providing highly revered English-language property surveys and advice for overseas buyers.


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