A RICS Level 2 Survey includes a more extensive visual inspection of the building, its services (e.g. electrics, plumbing, heating) and grounds but does not include any testing. Concealed areas such as roof spaces, basements and cellars will be inspected if it is safe to do so. It will provide an assessment of the relative importance of any defects or problems and offer basic advice about repairs and any ongoing maintenance issues.
If the surveyor has access to the current EPC report, they will state the energy efficiency rating, check for any obvious discrepancies between the EPC and the property, and explain any implications.
The report will also highlight any relevant legal issues and/or obvious risks to the building, people, or grounds and the surveyor will provide advice on suitable additional services where the homeowner / home buyer is planning on refurbishment work.
Where the surveyor is unable to reach a conclusion with reasonable confidence about any aspect of the property, a recommendation for further investigations will be made.
“Having an independent comprehensive survey done by a RICS member…could save you thousands of pounds.”
– TV’s Phil Spencer, speaking on ‘On The House’