Only 7 working days between calling and getting the full report - excellent fast service! and telephone staff was very friendly and helpful.
Review by Meriza Fagertun3 years ago
Initially i found it efficient to place the order and get a survey scheduled, but as soon as i wanted to make changes it became very time consuming and inefficient. It took over a week for my survey to be rescheduled, and they picked up approximately 10% of my calls, the rest going to voicemail. Voicemails and emails were not responded to. I've finally had the survey done, and it's now over a week and i'm still waiting for the report. Another typically bad experience from an industry which has ZERO customer service standards.
Review by Qattan3 years ago
This company are very good at taking your money and very good at little else. I cancelled my original survey as I pulled out of my house purchase.
When i tried to contact them, the phone went to straight to voicemail, regardless of how often I rang and the time of day. Despite leaving numerous request for a callback, all were ignored. I even sent emails regarding the issue and they again were ignored. It was only when I threatened to report them to the RICS that someone finally rang. They then said that they would investigate my refund, but again no callback, Eventually after yet another bout of voicemails ( again phone never answered ) and emails, and another threat someone deigned to call me and sort the situation out.
I would never , ever use this company again and will be strongly recommending that no-one else does. Customer service is non-existent
Review by Bieke3 years ago
Wasn't aware that this was in effect a broker who just takes £100 for calling another surveyor and booking an appointment which I could do myself. On attempting to call in office hours and expecting a response I was put through to an answerphone message. Not happy and would not recommend.
Review by Fira Gastil3 years ago
Online surveys like this suffer from a total lack of communication! I never knew what was happening and when. The report was completed some days before I happened to go online to find it there! Where was the simple email telling me what was happening? I am not a mind-reader. I would not use this service again because I was not in the information loop and yet, I was the fee=payer. This service needs a prompt change if it is going to get good reviews!
Review by ChloeJarvie Devido3 years ago
very happy with survey
Review by Lwalsh3 years ago
There were a few hiccups along the way, but finally got the report and pleased with the outcome.
Review by ImNotYouImMe3 years ago
HBO is just a broker, not surveyor. Based on my experience I will never use him again (I did not know I was using a broker due to the misleading web site) and would not recommend HBO to anyone. He is quick to take money but then washes his hands of any further dealings.
The web site when I viewed it gave the misleading view that 'they' do the surveys themselves, not that they allocate it to a third party. As such it is a lottery as to who you will get to do your survey. Don't take that chance.
I was given a totally incompetent surveyor who missed major problems. The surveyor we got was arrogant beyond belief, incompetent or lazy, or both, totally unhelpful and totally obstructive. I later discovered one of the surveyors in the company appointed to do my survey had been struck off. It happened to me, don't risk it happening to you.
I received terrible service from HBO which was not as described on the web site, resulting in building repairs costing several thousands of £'s and a court case with the surveyor. You have been warned!
Review by Sumana Ambroisine3 years ago
Our home buyers survey was completed within 48 hours of booking online - really easy, and a great price.
Review by Wouldhave3 years ago
There was a slight glitch at the start as I'd ordered my Homebuyers Report and paid for it but it took a little while to arrange the survey. Once that was done, survey carried out quickly and report sent a couple of days after that.
Review by Rudey3 years ago
It was so easy to get a homebuyers report done and we were really happy with the how quickly the survey was done and with the quality of the report. In fact the survey picked up on a lot of work that needed doing to the house and we pulled out - probably saving us thousands in the long run. Will definitely use them again for the next foray into the market
Review by Sathisha Swati3 years ago
Thorough, competitive, helpful and speedy.
Review by Ronette Derrow3 years ago
Excellent, prompt service. Clear and concise report. Highly recommend using this service.
Review by Marjud3 years ago
Excellent service, our surveyor was very professional and our communications was very straight forward and easy. His advice was useful and valuable to us to make a decision.
Review by Zamier3 years ago
A well laid out website that attracted me at first, however the communication was in my opinion poor. I had to chase the surveyor myself and coordinate aspects of the survey between the surveyor and the estate agent.
I felt that this was not a stress free service and in hindsight going direct to the surveyor may have been a better option.
Homebuyer online were helpful and did communicate, but were not as efficient as the website portrayed.
Review by Jaydyn Staudner3 years ago
We were recommended to use homebuyeronline.co.uk by my son and are very glad that he did. The company was very good. The survey was very thorough pointing out both good things and bad. They valued the house we had surveyed indicating whether the property was worth the asking price and in good order or not. In our case they discovered a number of serious defects with the property which would have cost a lot of money to have put right. Without their advice we could have proceeded with the purchase finding ourselves considerably out of pocket. Very pleased with their service.
Review by Fakhrul3 years ago
Survey conducted speedily. Excellent service online, but honestly being old school and older in years, we still think hard copies are for us personally, although we appreciate we have to move with the times. No problems retrieving survey just personal preferences. Survey report highly satisfactory from our untrained point of view. Seemed very thorough and very well detailed. We would personally like to thank the surveyor for his time and expertise. The traffic light system was extremely helpful to us. We wish the company continued success in the future. With our thanks Mary J & Eric Boothroyd.
Review by Aditi3 years ago
This is the 2nd time we have used Homebuyer Online for my mum and the service is excellent. I would use them again.
Review by DeepSense4 years ago
Survey requested, arranged, carried out and delivered in a working week. Vet good and informative survey.
Review by IAStategirl4 years ago
Booked online and got a quick response allocating the job to someone, the survey took place about a week later so far so good.
We will phone you straight after the survey for a quick overview.
Didn't happen, had to chase it, apparently no signal did ring the next morning though so fair enough
We will issue the report in 5 days is the tag line on their website
Didn't happen, 9 working days more like, what's the point in saying one thing and doing another.
During the phone call the surveyor mentioned something about the rendor needing to be looked at and it'll be in the report (we informed solicitors as it may be an issue affecting price or maybe something simple just a few hundred quid so we'd not care)
This issue was not present in the report. I have emailed to ask why it wasn't and that I had been told there may be an issue, 3 full working days and no response as of yet.
Overall just felt I was always chasing and still am!
Review by Velibor4 years ago
After making the decision to have a survey done we got various quotes in. Homebuyer online was by far the cheapest so we proceeded with caution. Survey booked on line late on a Tuesday afternoon. E-mail conformation on the Wednesday. Survey Booked for the Friday. Report in our hands the following Tuesday morning. From start to finish a week in total. Survey told us what we wanted/needed to know. Very satisfied and would recommend to anybody.
Review by Hextacy Troka4 years ago
I actually ended up not using Homebuyer Online for our survey but this was due to a mix up with our estate agent rather than any fault of theirs.
Robert was very helpful in trying to get us a survey as quickly as possible.
And, despite me booking and then quickly cancelling 2 surveys, he remained helpful and courteous in arranging a refund on them both.
I would happily approach them again if I needed a survey.
Review by NazHash4 years ago
Homebuyeronline offer a great customer service - UNTIL YOU PAY - then SILENCE - no response to voicemails or emails. The phone is never picked up and always goes to voicemail. You will only get a call back if you are a potential customer.
I paid for a survey on the 10th July and stressed the importance of it happening quickly. 8 days on and I haven't been allocated a surveyor - and I can't get in touch with Homebuyeronline - because I've paid so they are not interested in offering a good service anymore.
And I can't even request a refund because this has to be done through your allocated surveyor - which I haven't got.
Will I ever see my £600 ever again??!!! I've had to book another survey in with a local surveyor who is bonafide and is much much cheaper.
Review by Deletia4 years ago
I chose this company based on other peoples reviews and to be honest I feel I have no possible recourse other than posting this to try to help someone else not to make the same mistake.
I paid for the premium service which cost me over £1000.
I believe a Mr. Hugh Greenhouse to be responsible for the website/company, Homebuyeronline.
I wrote the following to Homebuyeronline and to the company that carried out the survey called Sykes Robinson:-
On Tuesday 26th May a full survey was carried out by Mr T Sykes at my property.
Contracts were exchanged on Friday 26th June and completed on Thursday 9th July, this was when I moved into the property.
On the 9th July when I moved in to the property it became apparent that there were some small beetles in one of the bedrooms, on further investigation I have been told that these beetles are wood boring and that other parts of the property also has active wood worm.
Can you please advise me of my course of redress, as now I am now faced with the cost of putting this right.
The report stated ‘On older timbers we found attack by wood boring beetle which did not appear to be active. We would expect to find woodworm on all older buildings’
The treatment could have been carried out prior to moving into the property had it been highlighted.
I am not an expert, as I understood it I was paying for an expert this is why I paid £1050 for a premium building survey, I do not visit houses on a regular basis to carry out surveys, yet on day one I recognised that something wasn't right.
The response I received: -
Further to your query in connection with the above property, we refer to page 16 of our report where we stated that your legal represenatative should make the necessary enquiries in connection with treatment.
I replied to Homebuyeronline, copying in Mr. Sykes fro Sykes Robinson.
Good afternoon Hugh
You will have received a copy of the email below.
I paid for a premium survey, I don’t believe that the website description of a premium survey is the same as the survey I received from Sykes Robinson.
They refer to page 16 of the report.
I refer to page 22 which states ‘On older timbers we found attack by wood boring beetle which did not appear to be active. We would expect to find woodworm on all older buildings’
The fact remains that the woodworm is active and potentially that could cause structural damage.
I could have just had a standard survey and relied upon the information from the vendor, however, this is not the case.
I wanted assurances and felt that your website offered this.
My solicitor has made the following comment
‘I agree wholeheartedly with you that the surveyor should have advised that expert opinion should be sought in relation to wood boring insect damage firstly because there was some evidence of it having been present in the past and secondly because in older properties this is quite a common occurrence I believe.
I do not think it to be sufficient to endeavour to pass responsibility for an apparent structural defect to your conveyancing solicitor.
I think the very least I should receive is a refund of the fee I paid, this will go towards the cost of me having to resolve this problem.
Today, 17th August 2015, I am still waiting for the courtesy of a response.
They are very quick to take your money and then just ignore you!
Review by Evaliisa4 years ago
Very straightforward to order the premium building survey, and my surveyor Mr Donald Churchman was very thorough and helpful