Smith Heritage Surveyors (Structural Survey)

RICS Level 3 Building Survey

The RICS Building Survey is the most comprehensive report of its kind and should be used for larger or older properties, or when planning major works. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the property condition and includes advice on defects, repairs, and maintenance options.

When Should You Choose an RICS Building Survey vs a Homebuyers Survey?

You should choose an RICS Building Survey if you are dealing with a run-down, larger or older property, a building that is unusual or altered, or if you’re planning major works. Any building built pre-1930 the RICS recommends a Full Level 3 Building Survey.

What's Included in an RICS Building Survey?

  • Schedule of Budget Costs so you can prepare financially for how much work is required to bring the property back to a good and safe standard.
  • Thermal Imaging Survey highlighting any areas of damp, trapped moisture, or thermal inefficiencies.
  • High-Level inspection of the roof structure, chimneys and rainwater goods using either a pole camera or drone.
  • Full detailed report with recommendations within 5 days of the inspection.
  • A description of defects and potential problems caused by hidden underlying issues.
  • An outline of repair options and the likely consequences of inactivity.
  • An RICS Building Survey does not include a valuation.
  • All surveys will be carried out by a RICS Chartered Surveyor, FRICS, MRICS, AssocRICS, CIOB and/ or RPSA.

As part of our surveys, we offer a free walk around with your surveyor on the day of inspection. This has received good feedback from clients and helps clients understand in detail what the surveyor is referring to and allows you to ask any questions and highlight any concerns that you might have.

Graham Ellis, Associate Director, RICS Residential:

“On average, those who did not take out a survey spent £5,750 in additional work to the property which could have been identified in a survey. In one case a home buyer was left with a £385,000 legal bill after not exchanging contracts on a £3.6m house purchase because rising damp was discovered, an issue which could have been identified if they had done a survey beforehand.”

RICS Level 3 Building Survey - Case Study

Case Study

Smith Heritage Surveyors were instructed to undertake a Full Building Survey of this 19thC Property in Southwark. Using a high-level camera and drone survey we were able to identify unseen issues at roof level that we estimated would cost £75,000 to repair.

Our client used our survey and negotiated a substantial reduction in cost. We were then asked to assist with the re-roofing works and instructing contractors.

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