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RICS Homebuyer Surveys & Property Valuations

RICS Level 1 Condition Survey
RICS Level 2 Homebuyers Survey

RICS LEVEL 1

Home Survey

A RICS Homebuyer Surveys Level 1 Survey, also previously known as a Condition Report or RICS Condition Report, is the most basic of the three surveys. It’s designed for home buyers or homeowners who are seeking a professional and objective report on the condition of a property.

An RICS Level 1 Survey is best suited to conventionally built, modern properties – not older, complex or neglected properties.

As part of this condition report, our surveyor will carry out a visual inspection of the property but will not carry out any tests on the fabric or services of the building (e.g. electrics, plumbing, heating).

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RICS Level 2 Homebuyers Survey

RICS LEVEL 2

Home Survey

One of the most common choices for a standard house survey is a Home Survey Level 2 (often referred to as a “homebuyer report”).

This type of survey is ideal when buying a conventional house, flat or bungalow, which is built from common building materials and is in reasonable condition, and you would like information and advice on construction, condition and repairs.

The level 2 survey report uses a clear ‘traffic light rating system to describe the condition rating of the property’s main features (such as glazing, roof, electrics, and exterior..).

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RICS Level 3 Surveys
RICS Level 2 Homebuyers Survey

RICS LEVEL 3

Home Survey

The building survey (also known as a structural survey) is the most expensive type of survey, but it provides greater detail about the structure and fabric of the property.

This report is specifically designed for houses that were built before 1890, are in poor condition, have been significantly altered or are particularly large. You’ll also want to choose this option if you’re planning major works on a property.

A Building Survey includes a thorough inspection of the property by one of our RICS Surveyors, a digital-based detailed report on a wide range of issues, details of serious risks and dangerous conditions and an outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity

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RICS Homebuyer Surveys – Level 1


Choose this report if you’re buying or selling a conventional house, flat or bungalow built from common building materials and in reasonable condition. This service includes:

  • a visual inspection that is less comprehensive than the RICS Home Survey – Level 2 and the RICS Home Survey – Level 3
  • clear ‘traffic light’ ratings of the condition of different parts of the building, services, and the grounds, showing problems that may require varying degrees of attention
  • a summary of risks to the building, people and grounds and.
  • an assessment of the relative importance of the defects and problems.

No tests of the building fabric or services are undertaken.

The RICS Home Survey – Level 1 does not include advice on repairs or ongoing maintenance and it does not include a valuation.

Ask your surveyor for a detailed ‘Description of the RICS Home Survey Level 1’ document.

RICS Homebuyer Surveys – Level 2 (survey only)


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

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.

Ask your surveyor for a detailed ‘Description of the RICS Home Survey Level 2 (survey only) document.

RICS Homebuyer Surveys – Level 3


Choose this report if dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property. This service includes:

  • a detailed visual inspection of the building, its services and the grounds and is more extensive than a survey level two
  • 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)
  • Although the services are not tested, they are observed in normal operation – in other words, they are switched on or off and/or operated where the occupier has given permission and it is safe to do so.

The report objectively describes the form of construction and materials used for different parts of the property. It describes the condition and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. Additionally, it should:

  • describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects in areas not inspected
  • propose the most probable cause(s) of the defects based on the inspection
  • outline the likely scope of any appropriate remedial work and explain the likely consequences of non-repair; and
  • make general recommendations in respect of the priority and likely timescale for necessary work.

The surveyor may also be able to provide an estimate of costs for identified repairs if agreed with you in advance.

Ask your surveyor for a detailed ‘Description of the RICS Home Survey Level 3’ document.

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RICS Level 3 surveys

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