What to Do After Receiving Your Home Buyer Report: A Practical Guide

What to Do After Receiving Your Home Buyer Report: A Practical Guide

You’ve received your Home Buyer Report, a crucial document providing insights into the condition of your potential new home; now that you have this valuable information, it’s essential to know what steps to take next to make informed decisions and ensure a smooth transition towards property ownership. Here’s a practical guide on what to do after receiving your Home Buyer Report.

  1. Review the Report Thoroughly

Purpose: The Home Buyer Report outlines the property’s condition, highlighting any significant issues or potential concerns. Take the time to read through the report carefully and understand the surveyor’s findings.

Key Points to Focus On:

  • Defects and Issues: Note any defects identified, their severity, and recommended actions.
  • Urgency: Pay attention to items marked with a red or amber rating, indicating urgent or potentially serious issues.
  • Recommendations: Review suggested maintenance and repairs to understand future obligations and costs.
  1. Consult with Your Surveyor

Clarification: If you have questions or need clarification on any aspects of the report, don’t hesitate to contact the surveyor directly. They can provide further explanation and advice based on their findings during the inspection.

Additional Investigations: Depending on the report’s recommendations, you may need to commission further investigations or specialist surveys (e.g., structural engineers, damp specialists) to assess specific issues in more detail.

  1. Prioritize Necessary Repairs and Maintenance

Assessment: Based on the report’s findings, prioritize repairs and maintenance tasks. Focus on addressing critical issues first, especially those affecting the property’s structure, safety, or immediate habitability.

Budgeting: Estimate costs for repairs and ongoing maintenance to factor into your budget planning. This helps in preparing financially for future responsibilities as a homeowner.

  1. Negotiate with the Seller

Discussion: Use the findings from the Home Buyer Report as a basis for negotiation with the seller. If significant issues are identified that were not previously disclosed, you may negotiate repairs, a reduction in price, or other terms to reflect the property’s true condition.

Professional Advice: Consider seeking advice from a real estate agent or legal advisor to navigate negotiations effectively and protect your interests.

  1. Plan for Future Maintenance

Long-Term Strategy: Develop a long-term maintenance plan based on the report’s recommendations and your own observations during viewings. Regular maintenance can prevent small issues from becoming major problems, ultimately saving you time and money in the future.

Home Improvement Projects: If you plan to undertake home improvement projects, such as renovations or extensions, use the report to inform your project planning and ensure compatibility with the property’s current condition.

  1. Finalize Your Mortgage and Legal Requirements

Lender Requirements: Your mortgage lender may require specific repairs or assurances based on the Home Buyer Report. Ensure all lender requirements are met to proceed with mortgage approval smoothly.

Legal Considerations: Work closely with your conveyancer or solicitor to address any legal implications raised by the report. This includes understanding any restrictions, easements, or liabilities associated with the property.

  1. Prepare for Moving Day

Timeline: Once negotiations are finalized, start planning for the move-in process. Coordinate logistics, such as booking movers, transferring utilities, and updating your address with relevant parties.

Insurance: Arrange home insurance coverage to protect your investment from unforeseen events, ensuring peace of mind from day one.

  1. Keep the Report for Future Reference

Documentation: Keep a copy of the Home Buyer Report for future reference and as part of your property’s records. It serves as a baseline for ongoing maintenance and can be useful for resale purposes down the line.

Updates and Reassessments: Periodically review the report’s recommendations and reassess the property’s condition to stay proactive in maintaining its value and functionality.


Receiving your Home Buyer Report is a pivotal step in the property buying process, providing valuable insights into the condition of your prospective home. By carefully reviewing the report, consulting with professionals, prioritizing repairs, and planning for ongoing maintenance, you can confidently move forward with your property purchase. Use the report as a roadmap to navigate negotiations, budgeting, and future home ownership responsibilities effectively. With proper preparation and proactive measures, you’ll be well-equipped to enjoy your new home for years to come.

Our RICS Home Survey Services

At Aspect Surveying we provide Level 2 Home Surveys (previously referred to as Homebuyer’s Reports), as well as Level 3 Building Surveys (previously referred to as structural surveys).

Both types of surveys are a valuable tool for homebuyers, as they provide an in-depth assessment of the property’s condition and help to identify any areas of concern that may need to be addressed before the purchase is completed. By understanding the condition of the property, homebuyers can make an informed decision and ensure that they are fully aware of any potential problems before they complete the purchase.

Contact us for more information if you’re looking for a Home Buyer Survey or a Building Survey for your new home.

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