Level 2 Home Purchase Survey
This is Rainfords intermediate survey (This service is delivered in accordance with the Home survey standard (1st edition) RICS professional statement and is equivalent to level 2).
The Level 2 survey is for your own benefit rather than the mortgage lenders. A large majority of people opt for a homebuyers survey when buying a new home. It allows you to evaluate whether you want to continue with the purchase and to consider any urgent or significant problems with the property.
This level of service is for clients who are seeking a professional opinion at an economic price. It is, therefore, less comprehensive than a level three service. The focus is on assessing the general condition of the main elements of a property. Therefore, this intermediate level of service includes a more extensive visual inspection of the building, its services and grounds, but still without tests. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (roof spaces, basements and cellars). The report objectively describes the condition of the different elements and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems.
At this level, although it is concise, the report does include advice about repairs and any ongoing maintenance issues. Where the surveyor is unable to reach a conclusion with reasonable confidence, a recommendation for further investigations should be made. Furthermore, any issues to be discussed with your solicitor, such as parking spaces or rights of way, will be noted in the report.
A valuation can also be added for an additional fee if required.
This level of service suits a broader range of conventionally built properties, although the age and type will depend on individual properties.
This level of service is unlikely to suit: