Building Survey
From £918.00 inc. VAT

A RICS Level 3 Building Survey (formerly called a structural survey or full structural survey) is what we recommend if you’re dealing with a large, older (built before 1970) or run-down property.  Also if the building is unusual, of a non-standard construction  or has had significant alterations or you are planning any major renovation, reconstruction or  building works a Level 3 survey is generally beneficial.

Although it costs slightly more than the other RICS reports, this is not a wasted expense as the report gives detailed and valuable information about the structure and fabric of the property.

The RICS Building Survey uses the same traffic light ratings as the Condition and Level 2 Homebuyer Reports so that each area of the inspection can be easily understood and critical issues can be assessed for their impact. It also includes:


• A more thorough inspection and detailed report on a wider range of issues.

• A description of visible defects and potential problems caused by hidden flaws.

• An outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity; and

• Advice for your legal advisers and details of serious risks and dangerous conditions.


The RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation or cost guidance as standard, but we are able to provide this as a separate service. If this is something you think you’ll benefit from please indicate on the form below or don’t hesitate to contact our client care team and they’ll be more than happy to help and advise.

We are also able to offer optional extras to your Building Survey.  These are a thermal imaging survey and also a Camera Pole Survey.  These each offer additional resassurance on your prospective purchase and can help identify problems that may otherwise not be visible or obvious during a normal survey.

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Building Surveys provide....

...reassurance about one of the most expensive items you will ever purchase.

Building Surveyors will....

...see things that you won't and provide valuable information on their seriousness, safety and cost implications.

Some tasks undertaken during a Building Survey

Sanitory and plumbing checks

A visual inspection and test of the property's plumbing will take place. We will check for leaks, flow rates, drainage and look for any problems that may exist. These checks provide the reassurance that the systems are in working order and if any issues are found, we will for the Building Survey, provide as much information as we can on possible rectification and likely expense.

Loft/Attic inspection

Access, where practicable, to the roof void will provide us with the ability to examine the property's roof, insulation levels and support structures. The soundness of the structural and lining elements of the roof provide resassurance on its ability to protect the property. The other elements in a roof void inspection provides valuable information from energy efficiency through to safety.

Mid-height inspections

Our surveyors will carry extendable, telescopic ladders. This enables them to examine areas of a property that are generally above head height to provide a report on visual condition of roofs, guttering, flashing and other aspects of the property.

Evaluate levels of damp in the property

Damp is the cause of many problems within a property. We will check levels of damp across the whole property, and will take a number of readings at various heights up a wall. This will provide you with a reliable indicator on the need for any remedial work necessary if the damp readings are too high. Repair or replacement, for example, of the Damp Proof Membrane (DPM) is expensive but important. If we detect that need, then you can enter into negotiation with the seller.