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What do I get in a Building Survey (Level 3)?

A RICS Building Survey (Level 3) is designed to offer a more in-depth analysis about the condition of the property. These surveys focus on structural integrity and do not include market analysis like valuations and re-instatement costs.

Like the HomeBuyers Report (Level 2) this survey will inspect each area and element and give an opinion on its condition. Where this report differs is that it will also describe; the structure of the building, give a diagnosis of any defects and provide detailed advice on repairs and maintenance. Estimated costs for repairs can also be included in the report if requested.

The Building Survey (Level 3) is also built on an easy to read traffic light system but is much more in depth and informative than the HomeBuyer Report.

All our Building Survey (Level 3) include:
• A full Level 3 RICS regulated Building Survey (Level 3) Report, the most comprehensive of the surveys available for residential properties
• A detailed evaluation of a property’s condition
• A description of the method of construction and materials used
• A description of the condition of each element of the house
• Identification of any defects and their apparent cause
• The urgency of repair will be highlighted, and we may also include an indication of the cost to the repair where possible
• Ongoing maintenance advice and options where appropriate
• The survey will inspect all visible and accessible parts of a building, including roofs, walls, floors, windows and doors, chimneys, cellars, garages and outbuildings
• This includes looking into cupboards and manholes, and a visual inspection of the services
• You can also request that certain areas are included in this type of report, to cover any particular concerns that you may have about the property.
• Recommendations for any further investigations that may be needed will also be provided
• A RICS Residential Valuation is not included with Building Survey (Level 3) but can be requested for an additional fee.

How this will help you with your home purchase?
• Our Level 3 RICS Building Survey (Level 3) could help you to re-negotiate the purchase price if there are problems or repairs required
• It will highlight the apparent cause of defects and let you know if these could affect the future value of the property
• It will let you know in advance of any other potential repair issues and their potential cost
• Our building survey (Level 3) can help you decide on buildings constructed in an unusual way
• Or help you decide on buildings that you intend to renovate or change
• Help you understand more about a property that has already been renovated or significantly altered

We understand that buying a home is an important part of your life whether that means a space of your own, upsizing, downsizing or a brand-new start. Our surveys help to give you peace of mind that the property you are buying ‘is not falling down’, so to speak. Our surveys are often 50 pages + and always include photographs about the condition of the property, where possible.

Learn more about our RICS Building Survey (Level 3)


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DISCLAIMER: This article is for general information only and not intended as advice. Each property has its own set of unique circumstances, all potential issues should be investigated by a surveyor on a case by case basis before making any decision.