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Building Survey

A Building Survey Report (often called a ‘Level 3’ or a full structural survey) is a detailed survey designed for properties which are older, of unusual construction, in poor or dilapidated condition, or have been significantly altered or extended.

Many people get confused between a building survey and a report from a structural engineer. A structural engineers report is an entirely different service designed to identify specific defects and movement to the main structure. A structural engineers report is often required following concerns raised in a HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey.

Why do you need a Building Survey?

  1. If you want a detailed report covering all of the main elements of a property.
  2. If your property is old, listed or of unusual construction.
  3. If the property is in poor or dilapidated condition.
  4. If the property has been substantially altered or extended.
  5. When you want more advice about the construction, specific defects, any proposals you may have regarding major alterations or extensions.
  6. If you want the building surveyor to undertake a bespoke investigation of elements which may be of specific concern.

What do you get?

  1. A thorough visual inspection by an experienced RICS qualified building surveyor of the inside and outside of the property including garages and outbuildings.
  2. Inspection of any roof spaces and lifting of drain covers where accessible.
  3. An inspection of sub-floor voids where safe and accessible.
  4. Damp meter readings of accessible ground floor walls and other areas of concern.
  5. Inspection of low-level flat roofs.
  6. A clear detailed written report highlighting the condition and providing advice on future repairs and maintenance.
  7. Budget costs of recommended repairs.
  8. A clear traffic light system (red amber green) to describe the urgency of repairs.
  9. Advice on any matters to be checked by your legal advisor such as guarantees or consents for any alterations or extensions.

Need advice?

  1. A Building Survey will help you make an informed decision on how to proceed.
  2. We will listen to any particular concerns you may have before we inspect the property.
  3. Once you have received your report, we are happy to advise and explain anything further that you are not sure of.
  4. Our building surveyors are all very approachable and will always be happy to speak with you to help put your mind at rest.

We are here to help you through the process as easily as possible. If you need any further advice, one of our qualified surveyors or valuers would be happy to speak with you.

*Please note that the information contained within this section is a summary only. For detailed information please refer to the RICS Building Survey Description of Service, a copy of which is available upon request.

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