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What Home Survey should I get?

Found the house of your dreams? The next step in the process is to protect your future investment by obtaining professional advice and appointing a Chartered Building Surveyor to undertake a RICS Home Survey.

Here we set out the difference between a RICS Home Survey Level 2 and a RICS Home Survey Level 3.

Level 2 Survey

formerly a

Home Buyers Survey



Home buyer Report

The RICS Level 2 Home Survey (previously known as a Home Buyers Survey or Home Buyer Report) is best suited for homes the fit the following description:

  • Conventional properties i.e. homes of traditional cavity or solid wall construction.

  • Straightforward layout with minimal alterations or small extensions.

  • Built in the last 80 years.

  • Properties that are generally in reasonable condition.


The survey report provides information about the general condition of the property and offers insights into potential repairs or maintenance that may be necessary in the future.

Level 3 Survey

formerly a

RICS Building Survey


The RICS Level 3 Home Survey (previously known as a RICS Building Survey) is a more comprehensive inspection and is recommended for properties that meet any of the following criteria:

  • Typically larger or older properties with unique features.

  • Homes of non-standard construction such as pre-cast concrete, metal or timber framed.

  • Properties with structural alterations, extensions or conversions.

  • Built more than 80 years ago.

  • Homes that are typically run down and have not been maintained.


This survey offers a thorough examination and provides detailed advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options. 

Both types of surveys offer a visual inspection and are non-intrusive i.e. ceilings, walls, floors etc. are not disturbed. If further investigations or testing are necessary, the reports will make recommendation accordingly.


Still not sure which survey is right for you, don't worry. We're here to help.


Contact us, and we'll guide you through the decision-making process.

Make an informed choice for your new home—get in touch with us today!


Why choose Professional Surveyors?

  • MRICS qualified, Chartered Building Surveyors with over 17 years experience. MRICS is a globally recognised chartered qualification.

  • We have been recognised as one of the top 3 surveyors locally based on our reputation, reviews, customer satisfaction, trust and competitive fees.

  • Professional Surveyors use the latest software, which enables us to record live data as we survey the property, making our reporting process more accurate, streamlined and detailed.

  • Professional Surveyors have consistent 5 star reviews on Google and Trustpilot.

  • We are an independent practice offering impartial and expert advice.

  • Professional Surveyors is an RICS Regulated firm.

  • Upon payment of the fee invoice, we offer verbal feedback following the survey, if requested.

  • We include photographs with both our Level 2 and Level 3 reports for ease of reference, which some other firms do not.

Professional Surveyors specialising in RICS Home Surveys (Home Buyers report and Building Survey) producing comprehensive reports for homebuyers enabling our customers to make an informed decision prior to committing to purchase. Get a quick online quote or call 01244 952 289.

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