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A home is likely to be the most expensive purchase most people ever make. As an owner you will benefit from expert advice on the condition of your property – whether you plan to live in it, rent it out or sell it. By commissioning an RICS Home survey you can feel assured that the service you receive is impartial and reliable. In an RICS Home survey, an RICS professional conducts an in-depth visual inspection of the property. Their report provides an expert account of the property's condition and highlights any problems in clear and easy to understand 'traffic light' rating. Different homes require different types of survey. The information below summarises the common survey levels for each property type. However, you should always discuss your requirements with your surveyor who will be able to advise you further.


Level two

This is most suitable for conventional properties which are in reasonable condition. Describes the condition of the property, identifies any risks and potential legal issues and highlights any urgent defects. It uses simple ‘traffic light’ ratings to clearly identify the condition of the key elements of the property. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice.

Level two
(survey & valuation)

Includes all the features of the Survey level two, plus a market valuation and insurance reinstatement figure.

Level three

Suitable for large, older or run-down properties, which may be unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. The most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property's condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.

This table helps you choose the most appropriate survey, but if you have any particular requirements, discuss them with your surveyor before the inspection of the property. We have several optional extra services which are also listed in the table, going over and above the minimum RICS Home Survey Standards. 

Still unsure which survey is right for you? Let us help you decide by using our interactive guide.

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