RICS Home Survey – Level 2

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RICS Home Survey – Level 2

Once you have found your ideal home, you will undoubtedly want to learn more information about the property, including its condition and be sure of whether or not it is worthwhile you investing in it. So how do you know what you are buying?  You need a RICS Home Survey

The Home Survey – Level 2 is the most popular report for those purchasing a new property.

The Home Survey Level 2 (formerly known as a Homebuyer Report) is an inspection of the property that will provide you with an easy-to-read, comprehensive evaluation of the property’s overall condition and will highlight any defects or concerns that you need to be aware of.  The report will help you make a reasoned and informed judgement on whether or not to proceed with the purchase.

The report will give you professional advice to:

  • make an informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying the property
  • take into account any repairs or replacements the property needs, and
  • consider what further advice you should take before committing to purchasing the property.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) classes a Home Survey – Level 2 as a 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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Your Home Survey – Level 2 Report

At Manor Surveyors, The RICS Home Survey – Level 2 (formerly known as a homebuyer report) provides an expert account of the property’s condition and highlights any problems in clear and easy-to-understand language together with photographs.  We use the RICS standard reporting traffic light system which provides an easy-to-understand ‘traffic light’ rating system to clearly illustrate the property’s general condition and to easily understand, at a glance, areas of the property that need attention.

To help describe the condition of a home, we give condition ratings to the property’s main parts or ‘elements’.  The condition ratings are described as follows:

Condition rating 1 / Green:
No repair is currently needed. The property must be maintained in the normal way.

Condition rating 2 / Amber:
Defects that need repairing or replacing but are not considered to be either serious or urgent.

Condition rating 3 / Red:
Defects which are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.

What’s included in a Home Buyers Report (Level 2):

  • Assessment of the property’s overall condition and the state of repair
  • Provide an overview of any major defects, their implications and suggestions for further actions to resolve them
  • An inspection of all building elements internally and externally
  • An assessment of the services, including gas/oil, electricity, heating, water, and drainage, and recommendations for further inspections where necessary
  • A traffic light-based grading system is used to indicate the severity of any defects found
  • Identifying any urgent repair issues as well as the need for future maintenance
  • Observations regarding planning and building control, potential disputes and other legal matters, for further investigation by the conveyancer

Manor Surveyors RICS-accredited surveyors are highly qualified and experienced and are typically able to provide reports within a week or two of receiving instructions.

Our office will assist in arranging the rest for you as soon as you call us and provide the property details. If there is an estate agent involved, we will arrange access with them directly.

For an RICS Level 2 Home survey (Homebuyer Report) please call our office on 01223 813129 to speak to one of our team.

What type of property is a Level 2 Home survey (Homebuyer Report) suitable for?

A RICS Level 2 Home survey (Homebuyer Report) is intended for relatively modern homes that have been constructed within the past seventy to eighty years (post-war). These include houses, bungalows, and apartments that are of traditional construction and appear to be in reasonably good order.

What is the difference between a Level 2 Home survey (Homebuyer Report) and a Level 3 Home survey (Building Survey)?

A Level 2 Home survey (Homebuyer Report) is a mid-range survey that provides a comprehensive report with detailed information about the condition of the property. It will flag any defects that you will need to be aware of and recommendations on how to remedy those defects.

The Level 3 Home survey (Building Survey) provides you with everything that the Level 2 Home survey provides you with, and more. It provides you with a more detailed report that is typically for larger, older or more complicated buildings. The report will give you professional advice to help you make a reasoned and informed decision when purchasing the property or when planning for repairs, maintenance or upgrading the property.  It will provide detailed advice on the condition of the property internally and externally and will describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects and also propose the most probable cause(s) of the defects.

If you are not sure whether the Level 2 or the Level 3 survey will be the most appropriate for your property, please call us on 01223 813129 for a chat with one of our team and they will be happy to advise you.

What if your survey identifies defects and necessary repairs?

Sometimes our surveys identify defects within the property, which are usually highlighted in amber or red in the report using the traffic light system.  Where appropriate, we will make recommendations for the necessary repairs or in some instances we will advise that further investigations are necessary depending on the nature of the defect.  This information prepares you for any potential costs of repairs that you hadn’t anticipated when you agreed to buy the property that you will need to address when you move in.

Depending on the extent of the repairs you may decide to withdraw from the purchase of the property altogether or you may use the information to go back to the seller to renegotiate a better price that is more appropriate to cover the cost of the repairs.

Is a Home Survey value for money?

Home surveys are a good way to avoid unexpected repair costs when you move into the property. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) buyers who didn’t get a survey faced on average £5,750 worth of repairs when they moved in and 17% of these ended up paying more than £12,000 on average to make their homes habitable. When you are asking yourself if you can’t afford the price of the survey, you should also consider if can you afford the expensive cost of repairs when you move into the property? 

What our clients say

“Just wanted to thank you for this survey – we’ve been told that the RICS 3 surveys are detailed, but this is just exceptional work in comparison to some of the samples we’ve seen (even our broker was surprised, and he’s seen a lot!) and it gives us really good insights into how we want to approach the buying process from here. The level of “nitpicking” (in a good way!) is remarkable and I really appreciate that Manor Surveyors seem to put quality first.”

Simon Skrabanek

“Absolutely amazing service. Laura was helpful and efficient and then once our survey had been completed Paul was happy to call me and explain everything. Could not fault them at all. Original house purchase fell through and we were more than happy to use Manor again for our second purchase as they were so helpful and efficient. Thanks so much xxx”

Katrina Khalifa

“I have used them twice and received a very professional and efficient service from both Paul and Laura. Paul has provided us on both occasions with very in-depth Home Reports which were excellent value for money. I highly recommend them and wouldn’t use anyone else!”

Mick John