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RICS Home Survey Level 3 

(Formerly Full Structural Survey or RICS Building Survey)

Choose this report if dealing with a large, older or run-down property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. It costs more than the other RICS reports because it gives detailed information about the structure and fabric of the property.

Our surveyor will help you make a reasoned and informed decision before making the decision to purchase the property, providing detailed advice on the condition. The report will propose the most probable cause of the defect(s) based on the inspection and where practical and agreed, provide an estimate of costs and likely timescale for identified repairs and necessary work. 

This service includes: 

  • agreed Terms of Engagement clearly setting out our service level to you

  • a detailed visual Survey of the building, its services and the grounds and is more extensive than a survey level two 

  • Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so (typical examples include roof spaces, basements and cellars) 

  • Although the services are not tested, they are observed in normal operation – in other words, they are switched on or off and/or operated where the occupier has given permission and it is safe to do so. 

  • A telephone call prior the survey to check any specific queries with you or concerns you may have and a follow up call after the survey to discuss the main findings of our inspection

  • Provide a detailed Report identifying defects and possible problems, outlining repair options and estimates of repairs (where possible) and highlighting the consequence of not carrying out repairs

  • Advice to legal advisors in relation to warranties, visible legal rights for example easements/ covenants or certification which should form part of your legal advisors searches

The report shall aim to:

  • Describe the construction and condition of the property

  • Identify any problems that need urgent attention or that are serious

  • Identify issues which need investigating further to prevent serious damage

  • Make you aware of problems which may be dangerous

  • Bring to your attention any potential issues/defects, before any transaction takes place and whether any further specialist advice is required before committing to purchase

  • Enable you to budget for any repairs or restoration

  • Advise on the amount of on-going maintenance required in the future

Additionally, the report shall:

  • establish how the property is built, what materials are used and how these will perform in the future

  • aim to describe visible defects and expose potential problems posed by hidden defects

  • outline repair options and give you a repair timeline, whilst explaining the consequences of not acting

  • Where agreed, provide an estimate of costs for identified repairs

  • Provide specific comments on energy efficiency.

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