The RICS Home Survey Level 2 and The Concise Survey

The RICS Home Survey Level 2 and The Concise Survey

The RICS Home Survey Level 2 and our own Concise Survey give you peace of mind when buying your new home and helps avoid unexpected repair costs further down the line.

These are our most popular reports for those purchasing a new property.

Both reports are ‘level 2’ surveys and are ideal for properties that were built from the Victorian era onwards (c.1840 to date) from common building materials (ie/brick or block walls) and are in reasonable condition. The reports will also provide you with information and advice on property construction, condition and repairs.


A detailed outline of the general condition of the property on the date it was inspected to help make a reasoned and informed decision on whether to go ahead with buying the property

Optional Property Valuation

An estimate value to help you make an informed decision on what is a reasonable price to pay for the property

Elements of note

Details of elements that need repair or replacement and consideration on what further advice you should take before committing to purchase the property.

Safety concerns

Any defects or issues which may be hazardous to safety and where further enquiries are needed

The RICS Home Survey Level 2 and the Concise Survey provide a detailed overview of the property you intend to purchase. 

The RICS Home Survey is a format approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  It uses a simple traffic light (red, amber, green) colour code, making it easy to identify any areas of concern, elements that may impact the value of the property and any risks to health and safety.

The Level 2 is offered in its basic form as a Home Survey (HS), or as a Home Survey and Valuation (HSV) for an additional fee – if valuation advice is also required.

The Concise Survey is our own format of report and provides a clear and ‘concise’ list of defects about the property, whilst also providing some of the general advice and warnings the RICS Level 2 report does.

Our inspection will include a walk around the outside and inside of the property, without entering private land and with binoculars where appropriate.  We will not move furniture, lift carpets or undo fitted panels.  We will carry out a head and shoulders inspection of the roof void and will fully enter the roof void if we deem it safe to do so.

The Home Survey Level 2 and the Concise Survey will highlight any potential ongoing structural movement, significant dampness or timber problems, whilst also providing an overview of the building’s construction and defects that are likely to be present in a property of the particular age and style.

If your property is of unusual construction, age or style, or in an obviously very poor condition, you will need a more thorough inspection and a Home Survey ‘level 3’ Building Survey.

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