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Last edited 26 Oct 2020
A Condition Report (or Home Condition Report HCR) is a type of building survey. Building surveys are a means of providing an evaluation of a property’s condition. They may be prepared for individual homeowners, home buyers or for investors in property portfolios to help inform future investments.
Homebuyer Reports are a type of condition report that was introduced in 2009 and follow a format specified by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). They are sometimes referred to as a Homebuyer Survey.
 Condition Report specifics
A Condition Report is one of three types of Homebuyer Surveys that can be undertaken by Surveyors. It is referred to as the Level One survey by RICS; Level Two is the Homebuyer Report and Level Three is the Building Survey.
As the lowest cost option, a Condition Report describes the condition of the property, identifies any risks and highlights any urgent defects or legal issues that need to be addressed. It also provides information regarding the location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency for the property.
Unlike the Homebuyer Report or Building Survey, the Condition Report does not offer recommendations or advice (or estimates for repair costs) regarding negative issues, should any be found. It also excludes valuation of the property, although the surveyor may be able to offer this as an additional service.
Due to its scope, a Condition Report is generally more suitable for conventional homes or properties less than five years old. The property should be in relatively good condition constructed from commonly used materials and with an up-to-date maintenance history that is readily available. This type of report is not appropriate for older buildings, properties with a history of defects or buildings that have been constructed in an unconventional manner.
 How is a Condition Report performed?
- Inside and outside of the main building and any permanent outbuildings.
- Parts of the electricity, gas/oil, water heating and drainage services that can be seen (note that these utilities will not be tested during the Condition Report).
- Roofs, chimneys and other surfaces on the outside of the building.
- Floor surfaces and under-floor spaces that can be safely accessed.
- Condition rating 1 (GREEN). There is no need for repair, but the property should be regularly maintained.
- Condition rating 2 (AMBER). There are some areas with defects that require replacement or repair, but these actions are not urgent. While these defects should not have an impact on the value of the property, they are serious defects that should be maintained and eventually repaired.
- Condition rating 3 (RED). These defects are serious and in need of urgent investigation, repair or replacement. Their condition could have an impact on the overall purchase of the property and could be factored into renegotiation of the contract due to their possible cost.
In addition to the NI rating, the surveyor should make a note of any part of the property that should have been included but could not. The report should record concerns the surveyor may have had regarding the omission and include any recommendations for additional investigations.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Building survey.
- Change control procedure for building design and construction.
- Energy certificates for buildings
- Homebuyer Report
- Home report
- Property valuation.
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors RICS
- Technical due diligence for development sites.
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