If you’re buying a property that’s larger than average, old, significantly altered or constructed from non-conventional materials or techniques or if you’re planning to carry out major works, a Level 3 Building Survey is essential.

A Building Survey is the most comprehensive report in the residential survey suite and provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property’s construction, materials and condition. It also includes a detailed diagnosis and analysis of defects together with clear advice on repair and maintenance options.

Read more about what a Building Survey entails, then get in touch with Trinity Rose Chartered Surveyors to arrange an in-depth survey on your property.

A professional Building Survey to tell you all you need to know about your property

RICS Level 3 – Building Survey (also commonly referred to as a Structural Survey) will give you the most detail of all residential property surveys.

What is included in a building survey?

A Building Survey will provide a description of all visible defects and any potential problems that are caused by hidden flaws. 

It will also provide an outline of repair options along with details of serious risks and potentially dangerous conditions such as:

A Building Survey will also highlight what might happen if you don’t follow the recommended actions.

A Building Survey uses photographs to make it easy to understand the report’s findings.  It doesn’t include a market valuation of your property as standard, but we can carry out a valuation as an additional service.

What type of property is RICS building survey for?

A level three survey is a good option for larger or older properties, especially if you are planning major works.

You should always appoint an expert when it comes to commissioning a Building Survey – talk to Trinity Rose Chartered Surveyors to get the peace of mind you need for your next property purchase.

  • A detailed report in jargon-free English with photographs
  • Reveals the major and minor defects and recommendations for further investigation, repair and future maintenance
  • Recommended for properties over 100 years old, listed buildings, unusually built homes or buildings you intend to renovate
We offer Level 3 Surveys in Hampshire and Surrey including AltonAlresfordFarnhamChandlers FordBishops WalthamPark GateSouthampton, Winchester, Romsey, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Salisbury, Christchurch, Poole, Parkstone, Brockenhurst, Ringwood, BournemouthBasingstokePortsmouth, Verwood, Fordingbridge, The New Forest and Wimborne.
and the surrounding areas. 
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Do I have to have a Level 3 survey?

A RICS level 3 survey is recommended if you are buying an older (pre-war) home or an unconventional home which has had significant changes or require major works. This building survey includes a thorough inspection of the property and a detailed report based on the inspection. It will provide detailed advice on condition of the property and help you make an informed decision when purchasing the property, in case major repairs are required.

What’s the difference between a Home Condition Report and a Residential Building Survey?

A Level 3 building survey will cost a little more than a Home Condition Report, but will also include more comprehensive information on the condition of the building, describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects and issues that might affect its value.  Read more about Trinity Rose Chartered Surveyors’ HomeBuyer Reports here.

What will a Building Survey tell me about my Grade II listed property?

If you’re the owner of a listed property or a planning to purchase a listed building, Trinity Rose Chartered Surveyors uses experience in building pathology, construction techniques and materials, architectural history and conservation to give you a full picture of your property. Read more about Trinity Rose Chartered Surveyors’ Building Surveys here.

How long does a Level 3 house survey take?

A building survey can take anywhere between 4 to 8 hours to complete, depending on the size of the property, with the report being completed within 7 working days. The timing will vary and depends on access and the property size.

What is involved in a building survey?

A full level 3 Survey will typically include:

  • A building inspection
  • A full survey report.
  • A property valuation

The inspection will cover all visible and reachable areas of the building, encompassing roofs, walls, floors, windows, doors, chimneys, cellars, garages, and outbuildings.

Surveyors are obligated to identify and report any significant issues with a property. Thus, they will diligently search for potential problems and structural defects during the building inspection. This includes looking into cupboards and manholes. However, it does not extend to enclosed or concealed sections of the building, such as sealed roof spaces.

What is the difference between a Level 2 and Level 3 Survey?

The main difference between a Level 2 RICS Homebuyer Report and a Level 3 Building Survey boils down to the level of detail and intrusiveness of the inspection for a property. Here’s a breakdown of the key differences:

FeatureLevel 2 RICS Homebuyer ReportLevel 3 Building Survey
SuitabilityStandard properties in reasonable conditionOlder, unusual properties, or those with known issues
InspectionVisual, accessible areasMore extensive, potentially involving limited intrusive measures
Level of IntrusionNon-intrusiveSlightly intrusive depending on access needs
Defect ReportingIdentifies defects with a severity ratingProvides detailed analysis of defects and potential repair options
Repair Cost EstimatesNoIncludes estimated repair costs

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