RICS Home Survey Level 2

The most popular choice for a survey is a Home Survey Level 2 (often referred to as a “mid-range survey” or “homebuyer report”). For the majority of buyers of typical properties of conventional size and construction this level of survey offers the best combination of detail and price.

Legal & General Surveying Services offers two distinctly different Level 2 Home Surveys: our own “SmartrSurvey” and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors “RICS Home Survey Level 2”.

When should I choose a SmartrSurvey?

SmartrSurvey was developed by Legal & General to provide customers with an alternative to the RICS Home Survey Level 2.  It features a similar level of inspection and provides similar advice to the RICS Home Survey Level 2 (see below) and is suitable for similar properties. SmartrSurvey provides a concise, photo-driven reporting style and its unique feature is that it is delivered to a smartphone or computer as an interactive digital report.  You can see more information about SmartrSurvey at https://smartrsurvey.lgsurvey.co.uk/direct 

When should I choose an RICS Home Survey Level 2?

You should choose an RICS Home Survey Level 2 if you are thinking of buying a conventional house, flat or bungalow which was built after 1850 from common building materials and appears to be in reasonable condition, and you would like information and advice on construction, condition and repairs.

What does it include?

The report will provide detail on the condition of the various elements of the property, which you’ll find invaluable when assessing whether or not it’s right for you. The Report includes:

  • An inspection of the property by a RICS qualified surveyor
  • Comment on all the building elements and the service installations
  • Details of disrepair and other problems that the surveyor considers may affect the value of the property
  • Advice on repairs and ongoing maintenance
  • Issues that need to be investigated to prevent serious damage or dangerous conditions
  • Legal issues that should be addressed by your conveyancer
  • Information on location and the local environment
  • Comment on the EPC assessment and energy efficiency
  • A Market Valuation and insurance reinstatement figure can be provided as an optional extra

The report

The report is in a standard format and uses an easy-to-follow Condition Rating system:


Condition rating  
Condition rating 3  Defects that are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.
Condition rating 2 Defects that need repairing or replacing but are not considered to be either serious or urgent.
Condition rating 1  No repair is currently needed.