Level 2 Home Survey

(formerly known as RICS HomeBuyer Report)

 

House of horrorsThe Level 2 service is for clients who are seeking a professional opinion at an economic price. It is, therefore, less comprehensive than a Level 3 service. The focus is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of a property.

This intermediate level of service includes a more extensive visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds, but still without tests. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected  if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars). The report objectively describes the condition of the different elements and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. At this level, although it is concise, the report does include advice about repairs and any ongoing maintenance issues. Where the surveyor is unable to reach a conclusion with reasonable confidence, a recommendation for further investigations should be made.

This level of service suits a broader range of conventionally built properties, although the age and type will depend on the knowledge and experience of the RICS member. This level of service is unlikely to suit:

  • complex buildings, for example those that have been extensively extended and altered
  • unique or older historic properties – although survey level two services may be appropriate for some older buildings, the decision will depend on the RICS member’s proven competence and knowledge and the nature of the building itself. For example, a survey level two report on homes with traditional timber frames or those built much before 1850 is likely to be inconclusive and be of little use to the client or
  • properties in neglected condition.

In such cases, a survey level two service will often result in numerous referrals for further investigations, an outcome that many clients find disappointing.

 Where the client is planning to carry out extensive repair and refurbishment work in the future, the RICS member should give advice on suitable additional services.

The Level 2 report is available as two versions: the survey only or including the surveyor’s opinion of market value and reinstatement cost assessment for insurance purposes.

Level 2 RICS Home Survey Sample Report

Level 2 Sample Report

Level 2 RICS Home Survey Description

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