RICS Home Survey – Level 2 Vs Building Survey: What is the Difference?

Posted on March 5, 2021 Categories: Moving Home

As many experts will agree, moving home can be a highly stressful and complicated experience – especially if you are new to the process and not familiar with some of its common practices. One such procedure involves requesting a residential property survey for your home. When you obtain one of these reports, an expert with significant experience on the field will act on your behalf to assess the property and provide a fair and unbiased opinion on its condition and/or current Market value. However, depending on your personal circumstances, the type of Survey that will be best suited to your home will vary. It is for this reason that the team here at White Horse Surveyors have put together the following article, explaining the key differences between our Level 2 Surveys and Building Surveys, as well as the types of property that we would recommend for each inspection.

RICS Home Survey – Level 2

Level 2 reports are suitable for a range of well-maintained properties, including any conventional homes, flats or bungalows that have been constructed from common building materials. The review will provide any prospective purchaser with detailed information on the condition of the home, highlighting any issues or defects that should be raised with a legal advisor.

As well as providing these detailed condition reports, our services can also include a reliable assessment on the property’s estimated market value. Much like the standard survey, this information will assist the buyer in making a confident and informed decision, based on the knowledge of a local expert.

These reports are recommended for the following types of property:

  • Conventional Flats & Bungalows
  • Well Maintained/Modern Homes
  • Traditionally Constructed Buildings

Building Surveys

Formally known as the full structural survey, a RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), these products represent a highly detailed assessment on the structure and composition of a building, intended for older and/or unconventional property.

Despite being non-invasive, these reports are a bespoke product that can be adapted to suit your personal needs or requirements. More specifically, when you request a building survey, the surveyor will consider your individual concerns and modify their report accordingly. By evaluating the property for any potential defects, identifying their probable cause, and assessing the necessity for repairs, this report represents the most comprehensive residential survey available to customers.

These reports are recommended for the following types of property:

  • Older, Pre-War Property
  • Unconventionally Constructed Buildings
  • Homes That Have Undergone Significant Renovations

Contact Us

If you are about to purchase a home and require an independent property survey, please do not hesitate to contact out team of experts for an in-principal discussion.

Simply give us a call on 01249 444465 or drop us an email via .

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