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Choose this report if you would like more extensive information whilst buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow, built from common building materials and  in reasonable condition.


  • It costs more than the Condition Report but includes:
  • all of the features in the Condition Report plus a more extensive inspection
  • the surveyor’s professional opinion on the ‘Market Value’ of the property
  • an insurance reinstatement figure for the property
  • a list of problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property
  • advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance
  • issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions
  • legal issues that need to be addressed before completing your conveyancing and information on location, local environment and the recorded energy efficiency (where available).


This intermediate level of service includes a more extensive visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds, but 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 and under-floor areas). 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 may be necessary.


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 surveyor. 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 surveyor’s proven competence 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
  • properties in poor condition; or
  • those where the client is planning to carry out extensive repair and refurbishment work.



Terms of Service - Level 2 - RICS HomeBuyer Report


1 April 2017

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