RICS Home Survey Level 2
Formerly known as the HomeBuyer Report

The level 2 report is our most popular product covering all the features of the level 1 report, however, it is a more detailed product and advises on aspects not covered by the Level 1 service. The inspection is more extensive and like the level 3 report, involves a full external and internal inspection from top to bottom. The report gives more information regarding the property’s construction and condition.

Additional advice is also given about repairs, who to approach to undertake the repairs, and areas of the property which will require ongoing maintenance.

What type of property is this suitable for?

  • Properties which are of a conventional construction type (modern timber frame, cavity brickwork/blockwork, solid brickwork, modern methods of construction (this covers most purpose-built flats).
  • Properties which are original or have been extended once
  • Properties built between 1850 and 2015
  • Properties which you intend to adapt (refurbish or some moderate adaptations such as a loft conversion are acceptable)

How does this survey differ from the level 1 (Condition report)?

  • You will receive information on the most likely cause of the defect and general advice on how to resolve the issue
  • You will receive information on who you should obtain quotations from in order to rectify the issue.
  • You will be notified of areas which require further investigation or
  • You will receive general advice on good maintenance practices and possible notorious vulnerable areas.

How long will it take for the report to arrive?
We aim to turn around level 2 reports between 2 and 4 working days from the date of inspection

What are the limitations of this survey?
The surveyor will not lift floorboards, floor coverings, open up wall surfaces, move heavy objects or personal effects. The surveyor will, however, utilise tools to assess cracks and measure dampness along with all human senses to identify issues and draw conclusions.

The surveyor will visually inspect services (electrical, gas, water and heating installations) but cannot perform specific tests on these. Where applicable, the surveyor may recommend testing is undertaken by an appropriate specialist for example; a heating engineer.

Additional advice such as a valuation, reinstatement figure can be given at a small additional cost but these are not included as standard.

How does the traffic light system work?
The traffic light system is used to convey the severity of an issue in broad terms.
Condition Rating 1 The aspect is in satisfactory condition and should be maintained in the usual way
Condition Rating 2 Some minor repairs are required in the short-medium term and these are unlikely to be at a high imminent cost
Condition Rating 3 Repairs are required urgently to prevent further imminent damage to the property. This may also denote where further investigations are requires in relation to condition or safety.

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At Smart Home Surveys we can help you with your residential property needs by:

  • Carrying out a survey to check the condition of a house, flat, maisonette or bungalow
  • Working out an accurate valuation of a property for a variety of purposes, for example:
    • For peace of mind if you are buying a property
    • To redeem a Help-to-Buy or Shared Ownership loan or to buy a bigger share of your home
    • For matrimonial or other disputes
    • For probate purposes
    • For tax calculations
    • For insurance

1. How can we help you today?

Select all the options that apply to you and we'll get back to you with a comprehensive quotation. If your query is not covered by the options below, select "Other" and write a brief description of the service you require in Section 4.

You may require a valuation for a different date from the current market value, or need two valuations for different dates. For example:

  • For Inheritance Tax or Probate, you will normally need the date of decease
  • For CGT you may need two dates so that the gain can be calculated
  • For CGT and ATED purposes, you may need the valuation as at the end of the tax year

If you are uncertain, leave the dates blank and one of our advisers will give you a call to discuss your requirements.

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