What's in the report?
Industry leading property data, available to the home buyer for the first time
The benefits of both packages combined at a discount
Get the benefits of both the Instant Survey and E-Valuation in 1 package at a discounted price.
The Instant Survey is a survey for the homebuyer that provides a full rundown of the property in an instant, it’s like a vehicle HPI check, but for a house! It answers important questions such as: Will your property be affected by climate change in the next 30 years? Is the property mortgageable? Is it at risk to surface water flooding? Will the future saleability be impacted? How much of a risk is subsidence caused by trees to the property?
The data sources that make up parts of the instant survey are the same sources that leading banks, insurers and conveyancing solicitors use to make and share decisions about your property purchase. Your property solicitor will also likely rely on some of the same data sources when conducting their searches and home conveyancing on your property purchase. The data provided in the Instant Survey is useful in highlighting potential issues that might present themselves in the sales completion stage, as well as potential problems with mortgage lending and insuring.
Several of the companies that provide the data also work with the RICS and are also used by many property conveyancing solicitors. The property data packages are similar to a vehicle HPI check but for houses; you wouldn’t risk buying a car without an HPI check so why take the risk on a house – the largest investment the average person will make in their life!
See more information on the Instant Survey on the Instant Survey page.
The e-valuation gives an in-depth analysis of market price, and the vendors position to help create the perfect offer/entry price. It answers questions such as:
What makes Buyers Edge different from jumping on to Rightmove or Zoopla and using their automated valuation services / models (AVMs) or researching market prices yourself?
Buyers Edge are not suggesting you don’t do this, because we do it too and it is an important part of due diligence, offer preparation and gaining peace of mind.
There are lots of free websites, which offer the same kind of online property valuation tools in slightly different ways, especially when it comes to automated valuation models. This data is helpful, but it is not solely aimed at buyers and does not show the whole picture.
Buyers Edge analyse the automated valuation models that you can obtain elsewhere and search for inconsistencies, unknowns and deviations to help our customers think about online valuation in a different way. For example, Zoopla’s automated valuation report can confirm that a house you are interested in is being marketed at the correct price, but to what extent is this accurate? How do estate agents decide on the market price of a property? How do you know you are getting a good deal? What if there was a way to know that when the Agent, seller and surveyor went to value the property that all three of them are actually unsure of the market price? What if the market price is based on pure emotion? What if the AVMs that are being used are not accurate and to what extent? What if you knew all of this upfront before deciding to offer on a property? You can be sure the agent will be sure of the price when you are negotiating with them.
See more information about this on the e-valuation page.
You are selecting a combined package to make full use of the reports. The Instant Survey & E-Valuation should be used before making an offer.
Buyers Edge have a saying “free data can be expensive” which is why for quality data we have to pay our partners for each time we pull the data sets just like the banks and insurance companies do, which is why we have to charge our customers to obtain it. If the property does not go ahead you can use your unique 25% discount code, which will be emailed to you, for your next report.
Industry leading property data, available to the home buyer for the first time
Confirms the recorded class of the property - Example: Residential Dwelling
Confirms the style of property - Example: Detached or Terrace
Number of bedrooms in property
Shows the type of wall construction. Example: Cavity wall
Shows the shape of the main roof. Example: Flat roof
Shows the main construction of the wall. Example: Brick, Granite etc
Shows the properties current energy rating
Shows the council tax band of the property if located in England & Wales
Shows the council tax band of the property if located in Scotland
If the property is in England, this field shows whether the property is listed, if it is listed the grading is also displayed
If the property is in Wales, this field shows whether the property is listed, if it is listed the grading is also displayed
If the property is in Scotland, this field shows whether the property is listed, if it is listed the grading is also displayed
Confirms whether the property has a registered title
Confirms whether the property has a freehold title
Confirms whether the property has a leasehold title
Amount of years left on lease (Leasehold properties only - England & Wales)
Shows the Maximum height of the nearest Tree
Shows the Confidence level of height of nearest tree expressed in metres
Shows the proximity of the Nearest Tree to the property in metres
Shows if the nearest tree is overhanging the property
Model showing predicted tidal flood depth potential within the next 30 years (climate change)
Model showing predicted pluvial flood depth (Surface water flooding) potential within the next 30 years (climate change)
Model showing predicted fluvial flood depth (river flooding) potential within the next 30 years (climate change)
Shows the altitude of the property above Sea Level in metres
Shows the current overall likelihood of Property flooding
The maximum amount a lender is likely to lend on the property (Highest Expected Bank Valuation)
The floor size of the dewlling
Confidence level of dwelling floor space expressed in (m²)
Shows when the property was last Registered as Sold if the property is located in England and Wales. Date format: Year-Month-Day
Amount in £ property last sold for (England & Wales Only) - Potential mortgage amount left to pay
Shows when the property was last Registered as Sold if the property is located in Scotland. Date format: Year-Month-Day
Amount in £ property last sold for (Scotland Only) - Potential mortgage amount left to pay
The probable deviation in the listing price, has the agent listed with a high market value? Is there a margin to negotiate with?
The confidence level of local property homogeneity to which forms the listing price. How sure is the agent and seller of the list price? Were the facts accurate to form the current list price?
Local Sale Market Price Change over Last 1 Year in the postcode area (%)
Local Sale Market Price Change over Last 2 Years in the postcode area (%)
Local Sale Market Price Change over Last 3 Years in the postcode area (%)
Local Sale Market Price Change over Last 5 Years in the postcode area (%)
Local Sale Market Price Change over Last 7 Years in the postcode area (%)
Local Sale Market Price Change over Last 10 Years in the postcode area (%)
Shows the sellers Likely Credit Card Balance
Shows the sellers Likely Number of Loans
Shows the sellers total Likely Unsecured Debt in GBP, Loans+Cards
Shows the sellers Likely Income after taxation (£ per year)
Shows the sellers Likely Outgoings (£ per year)
Shows the sellers Likely Savings
Shows the Likely Electricity Bill (£ per month)
Shows the Likely Electricity Consumption (kWh per year)
Shows the Likely Gas Bill (£ per month)
Shows the Likely Gas Consumption (kWh per year)
Shows the Likely Home Insurance Bill for a standard Buildings only level of cover (£ per month)
Shows the Likely Water Bill (£ per month)
The instant survey is an instant report on the property and uses a traffic light system to clearly show the situation, just like the RICS Homebuyers report. They also use a clear metre system to show other criteria like future saleability and insurability.
Mr and Mrs Rees, Guildford
I was particularly interested in knowing more about flood risk as there was a river nearby the potential property. The results were very in depth and gave me a really good understanding of the exact situation before we committed to making an offer. It turned out it would be very difficult to obtain a mortgage on the property and insure it due to the predicted flood forecast over the next 30 years. I am so happy I saved the money from not going ahead with this property. I used the same Instant survey for my current property, it came back positive this time.
Mr Riley , London
I will use Buyers Edge again and again. I was really interested to know the potential financial situation of the person who sold us their house. Buyers Edge state that the data they display is the same data that marketing agencies use to decide on strategy. It gives a really thorough overview of the potential situation you will be faced with, in this circumstance it gave me the courage to be a bit cheeky with my offer as I noticed the vendor likely had no debt, some savings, and we worked out using one of their tips, that they had very little left to pay on their mortgage.
Mrs Irving, Leeds
It is unbelievable to know you are able to get prior information about property title deeds and leases for flats and apartments. I viewed a flat in London which had come back on the market, the estate agent told me the reason it was back on the market was because the buyer pulled out because they could not obtain a mortgage. I purchased the Instant survey before making an offer and found that the length of the lease was less than 65 years, meaning some mortgage companies will not lend unless the lease is renewed which usually costs thousands of pounds... Very glad I did not waste a huge amount of time and money to find this out, always check!
Mrs Patel, London
My Son was buying his first property and asked me for help! I had not purchased a property for many years so was not keen on giving him advice. I came across Buyers Edge and decided to purchase both their data packages and sent them to him. My son relied upon the data in the reports throughout, the Instant survey did not return anything of concern, which gave him confidence to proceed, he also informed me the E-valuation was incredibly helpful to understand the correct price to offer.
Ms Anais , Twickenham
After viewing the property we were told by the estate agent that there was another family interested and they would potentially make an offer. We knew we had to be quick and researched as much as possible online, however most of the data was limited and anything more was overpriced because it is designed for you to buy in the conveyancing process after you have financially committed to the purchase, and had a long delay of 3 days and up to 2 weeks in some circumstances. We found Buyers Edge at the last moment and received an Instant Survey immediately upon purchasing, exactly what we were looking for.
The Grinhams, London
Other than the fact we think the data packages are an excellent service and represent exceptional value for money, the insurance discount makes it even more valuable! We stumbled upon Buyers Edge 2nd time lucky, part of the reason our first sale fell through is because of a budget solicitor firm which was very slow and poor with communication, when the sale fell through we had spent approximately £2000 which we won't be getting back. We decided to use Buyers Edge's recommendation on the 2nd property, The Partnership Solicitors, whilst they were £450 more than our previous it was worth every penny. Get the data packages and don't cut corners with solicitors!
The Sloans, Margate
The data returned in the Instant Survey is accurate, some of the issues that were highlighted in the report were picked up in the conveyancing process. We found Buyers Edge’s recommendations and advice in the reports to be valuable and effective. We would recommend this to any one considering purchasing a property. You also get a very useful exclusive discount with A-Plan Insurance.
Mr Hitchman, Manchester
Believe that we might have saved a few thousand by not going ahead with a property based on the results returned in the instant survey. Massive flood issues, and following the advice of Buyers Egde to get an insurance quotation prior to committing, very expensive to insure and many unfavourable terms surrounding flood, not really our cup of tea! If we had found this out later we could have lost hundreds or thousands of pounds. Buyers Egde give you a 25% discount for your next report if the first house does not go ahead, very fair and made sense to us!
Mr. Al-Ghawi, London
I have not purchased a property for many years and didnt really fancy asking the estate agents opinion, I am very aware they are working for the seller of the property and their job is therefore to sell it to you. After viewing 2 properties with the estate agent I wanted to do my own research, I knew the agent was not going to tell me about the negative aspects of the houses and anything I asked she was unsure of...The properties were only a mile apart from each other but one seemed to be a better purchase based on the Buyers Edge reports, this really helped me to decide which house to go for and removed the conflict of interest the agent had.
Ms Santos, Birmingham
I cannot express how valuable it is to be able to obtain this data before actually purchasing property. I am an active investor and have used Buyers Edge’s data packages on numerous occasion. I think I have a good understanding of the results that are shown in the packages but it is nice to read the advice and recommendations that Buyers Edge give, they are truly working for the buyer only. My offer always reflects what I see in the Instant survey and is never questioned by the vendor, it seems to be extremely accurate. When you sell use an estate agent and when you buy use Buyers Edge!
Mrs Foster, Farnham
The house we purchased is quite unique. We realised there is nothing exactly resembling it nearby and wondered where the agent got their valuation from. We purchased the E-valuation, the data that is displayed is hugely insightful, amongst others, it scores how realistic or emotional the agent has been with the listing price, like if it has been based on other data or is it more of a ‘lets try and see how much we can get’ policy. We realised that the agent had been hugely emotional in the listing price and based on other information in the E-valaution we came back with our own level we were happy with, it worked and we think we got a bargain!
Mr Barham, Nottingham