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RICS Homebuyers Survey (Level 2)

Our HomeBuyers Survey (Level 2) are the most popular report with those purchasing a new property.

The HomeBuyer Survey (Level 2) is a visual inspection of the property to evaluate the overall condition of the building and highlight any obvious defects. The report will help the buyer make a reasoned and informed judgement on whether or not to proceed with the purchase.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) classes a HomeBuyer Report as a Level 2 survey, which is most appropriate for modern homes of conventional construction that are in a reasonable state of repair. For older properties, buildings that require (or have undergone) major alterations or refurbishment, or those built with non-standard methods and materials, a detailed Building Survey (Level 3) is recommended.

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In addition, the surveyor will assess the agreed sale price and give a professional opinion on how reasonable this price is. A Home Buyers Report (Level 2) also includes an independent valuation of the property, so you can be confident in your decision to go ahead with the sale.

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What type of property is a HomeBuyers Survey (Level 2) suitable for?

An RICS HomeBuyer Report (Level 2) is designed for modern residential properties built in the last 70-80 years (post-war). These include houses, bungalows and flats that are conventional in type and are apparently in reasonable condition.

What is the difference between a HomeBuyers Survey (Level 2) and a Building Survey (Level 3)?

An RICS HomeBuyer Report (Level 2) is a mid-range survey while an RICS Building Survey (Level 3), formerly known as a full structural survey, is an in-depth investigation. If you require a highly detailed assessment of the condition of the property, perhaps because the building is very old, very large or requires substantial renovation work, a Building Survey (Level 3) will be the better choice of the survey.

Does a HomeBuyer Survey (Level 2) check the boiler, damp or the roof?

The surveyor will not test any services or installations, nor be able to comment on elements that are not visible. The HomeBuyer Survey (Level 2) will include a brief appraisal of the roof, heating system and any damp issues present, based on a non-invasive, visual inspection of accessible areas only.

What to do if your survey uncovers problems?

If the survey detects serious defects with the property, this will be highlighted in amber or red. We usually advise that the matter be investigated further by way of a specific defects survey, and you may be able to use the information to try to renegotiate the purchase price. Or you may decide to withdraw from the purchase altogether.

Can you use the survey results to negotiate a better price?

If you’ve had an unexpectedly ‘bad’ survey, you are well within your rights to reduce your offer to cover the cost of fixing the problem. Get quotes from independent contractors who can provide cost estimates, and use the information to go back to the seller along with an offer that you believe is more appropriate.