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RICS Building Survey (Level 3)

Our structural building survey (Level 3) are the most in-depth and extensive report we do.

Your local Cosey Homes accredited building surveyors will assess the construction of the building and its structural integrity. Usually recommended for buildings more than 70-80 years old, or with significant historical damage, our Building Survey (Level 3) will give you a greater explanation of any defects and recommend remedy.

We are always committed to giving our clients the best value possible and so we include extra helpful information where appropriate to ensure you get the most out of the service and our surveyors when choosing a full structural survey.

As with the HomeBuyers Report (Level 2), we will compile the Building Survey (Level 3) using our standard formatted template which is designed to be industry jargon-free and easy to follow. We use the RICS standard reporting traffic light system, thus enabling clients to easily understand areas of the property that need attention. You can download an example RICS Building Survey (Level 3) here.

Level 1 / Green: no action required
Level 2 / Amber: defects requiring attention and repair but not urgently
Level 3 / Red: serious defects requiring urgent attention and repair

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How long does a RICS Building Survey (Level 3) take?

There is no set time limit for a building survey (Level 3) inspection; it all depends on the type and size of the property and its condition. A full structural Building Survey (Level 3) is more in-depth than a HomeBuyers Survey (Level 2), so the timeframe tends to be longer. We typically allocate a three-hour time slot for a Building Survey (Level 3). We aim to deliver all our reports within 5 working days, from the date of the survey taking place.

Does a Building Survey (Level 3) check the roof space?

Our surveyors will do their best to inspect lofts and roof spaces wherever they are accessible. However, as the full structural survey is based on a non-intrusive visual inspection, it will not be possible to investigate spaces where there’s a layer of insulation on the joists and timbers are not visible.

Will a surveyor check for asbestos?

A Building Survey (Level 3) is not a specialist asbestos report although the surveyor may well make a comment, based on his professional experience and knowledge about the risk of asbestos and likelihood of a particular item containing asbestos. They may recommend that you undertake further investigation, sampling and testing to establish whether or not asbestos is present.

What to do if your Building Survey (Level 3) detects serious problems?

If the structural survey identifies serious defects in the property, the report will give you a cost estimate for remedying the problem. We would normally advise that further investigation is carried out to establish the extent of the damage. You may be able to use the information to try and renegotiate your purchase price, or you may even prefer to walk away from the purchase altogether.

How do you negotiate after a ‘bad’ survey?

If the survey has unearthed unexpected problems with the property, you are perfectly entitled to reduce your offer to cover the cost of remedying the defects. Inform the estate agent of the survey results and submit independent estimates from reputable contractors. You can then make a new offer that more accurately reflects the value of the property and renegotiate with the seller.