RICS Level 2 Building Surveys in Devon
The HomeBuyer Survey (Level 2) is a visual inspection of the property to evaluate the overall condition of the building and highlight any obvious defects. The report will help you make a reasoned and informed judgement on whether or not to proceed with the purchase.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) classes a HomeBuyer Report as a Level 2 survey, which is most appropriate for modern homes of conventional construction that are in a reasonable state of repair. For older properties, buildings that require (or have undergone) major alterations or refurbishment, or those built with non-standard methods and materials, a detailed Building Survey (Level 3) is recommended.
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What Does A Level 2 Building Survey Include
The RICS Level 2 Building Survey is a comprehensive property survey commonly used in the United Kingdom. It provides a more detailed assessment of a property’s condition compared to the RICS HomeBuyer Report. Here’s some information about the RICS Level 2 Building Survey:
Purpose: The Level 2 Building Survey is designed to provide a thorough assessment of the property’s condition, focusing on identifying defects, potential issues, and necessary repairs. It is suitable for a wide range of property types, including older or non-standard buildings.
Scope: The survey covers both the interior and exterior of the property, including the main building elements such as the roof, walls, floors, and ceilings. It also assesses aspects like dampness, insulation, utilities, and visible defects. The Level 2 Building Survey is tailored to the specific needs of the client and can include additional services, such as testing for specific issues like damp or electrical systems.
Detailed Reporting: The survey report is detailed and comprehensive, providing information on the condition of the property and any issues found. It typically includes photographs, descriptions of defects, and recommendations for necessary repairs or further investigations. The report may use a “traffic light” rating system to categorize issues in terms of severity.
Suitability: The Level 2 Building Survey is suitable for a wide range of properties, especially those that may have more complex issues or are older in age. It is a versatile option for homebuyers looking for a more in-depth assessment than the HomeBuyer Report but not as extensive as a Level 3 Building Survey.
Additional Services: Depending on the client’s specific needs, the surveyor may offer additional services, such as valuation, or recommend further investigations for specific issues.
Overall, the RICS Level 2 Building Survey provides a comprehensive assessment of a property’s condition, making it a valuable choice for potential property buyers who want a detailed understanding of the property’s state and any necessary repairs or maintenance.
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