RICS Home Survey – Level 3 (Building Survey)

What are building surveys?

RICS Home Survey – Level 3 (formally known as a structural survey / building survey) is the most detailed type of survey available. If your property is old, large, has a level of disrepair, or has some unusual features, it is usually recommended that you get this type of survey. It’s also recommended if you’re planning on doing any large renovations and remodeling.

Do I need a building survey?

A Building Survey really is the best way to work out just what exactly you’re buying and ensure you get bespoke advice that is right for your property. In such a detailed survey, everything that can be inspected will be. This includes attics, cellars, behind furniture, and even under loose carpets.

This commitment to checking everything means that you’ll receive an incredibly detailed report with guidance on visible issues and hidden defects. It also gives you guidance on environmental hazards and vital information for your legal advisor.

What’s Included in a Full Survey


  • Thorough inspection of all accessible parts of the property and its outbuildings.
  • Assessment of all major and minor faults found within the property and the implications of these faults.
  • Examination of the potential for hidden defects.
  • Assessment of timbers for rot and active woodworm infestation.
  • Comment on the condition of the heating, electric, gas and/or oil and water system
  • Investigation into the condition of damp proofing, insulation, and drainage (if access to the drains is available).

After the inspection, the walls will be tested for dampness.

Once the inspection has been completed, you’ll receive advice and technical information. This includes guidance on any maintenance or repairs necessary, what will happen if these are not performed, how the property was built, and the materials used, bespoke advice on how the build type affects the structural integrity of the property, any other inspections or work that may be recommended. We can also provide a valuation on request.

You can view an example of one of our building survey reports here in pdf format.

You can view an example of one of our listed building survey reports here in pdf format.

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