A RICS HomeBuyer Report (Also known as the Level 2 RICS Survey) is a survey to identify any issues in a property that could cause damage and need future repairs, such as damp or subsidence. A HomeBuyer Report is recommended when you want something more comprehensive than a RICS Condition Report. It is the market leading and most popular report requested and recommended for properties in reasonable condition.
The HomeBuyer Report will include a review of all major elements of a property that are visible and accessible to the surveyor. However a surveyor will not lift up floors, carpets move furniture or do intrusive investigations. Not every single aspect of the building will be reviewed, but it can reveal issues that might impact the value of the property and need further investigation. If you plan to implement major renovations then we recommend you choose the even more comprehensive Building Survey (also known as a Level 3 Survey) instead of the Homebuyer Report.
The HomeBuyer Report is written in plain English, without jargon and utilises a traffic light system to highlight areas of concern. For more information on what is involved included in an inspection read: What is in a home buyer report inspection
At the end of the day you are paying for an experienced registered professional to give you their opinion on the integrity of the property you are hoping to purchase.
To be safe we simple recommend that you ensure the surveyor is registered with a relevant professional body such as the RICS and that they have 10+ years experience.