RICS Home Survey – Level 3

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RICS Home Survey - Level 3 (Building Survey)

Our Home Survey Level 3 (Building Survey) is a comprehensive and full structural survey.

A RICS Home Survey Level 3 (Building Survey) is a detailed investigation and assessment of the construction and condition of a building.

Usually recommended for buildings over 70-80 years old, or with significant historical damage, the Home survey level 3 (Building survey) includes details of the structure, fabric, finishes and grounds, and will include reference to visible defects and appropriate guidance on repair.

As with the Home survey Level 2 (Homebuyer Report), the Home survey Level 3 (Building Survey) is produced using the RICS standard template which is designed to be easy to follow. The reports use the RICS standard reporting traffic light system, which enables clients to easily understand areas of the property that need attention.

To help describe the condition of a home, we give condition ratings to the property’s main parts or ‘elements’.  The condition ratings are described as follows:

Condition rating 1 / Green:
No repair is currently needed. The property must be maintained in the normal way.

Condition rating 2 / Amber:
Defects that need repairing or replacing but are not considered to be either serious or urgent.

Condition rating 3 / Red:
Defects which are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.

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What’s included in a Home survey Level 3 (Building Survey) Report:

  • An easy to read, jargon free, report with clear findings and recommendations
  • A description of the method of construction and materials used
  • A detailed in-depth visual inspection of each element of the house, internally and externally, including chimneys, roofs, walls, floors, windows and doors, cellars, garages and outbuildings, to assess the overall condition and state of repair
  • An assessment of any structural problems such as subsidence, damp issues and timber decay, including woodworm and rot
  • Details of all major building defects and faults, including hidden defects and technical details for building construction and materials
  • The urgency of the necessary repairs as well as future maintenance requirements
  • Assessment of structural problems such as subsidence, damp issues and timber decay, including woodworm and rot
  • ‘Traffic light’ grading system is used to indicate the severity of any defects identified
  • Advice regarding guarantees, planning and building control issues, disputes etc, to be followed up by your conveyancer
  • Informed recommendations for repair options as well as future maintenance requirements
  • You can also request that certain areas are included to cover any particular concerns that you may have about the property.
  • Full report emailed via PDF within three to five working days after the inspection.

Manor Surveyors RICS-accredited surveyors are highly qualified and experienced and are typically able to provide reports within a week or two of receiving instructions.

Our office will assist in arranging the rest for you as soon as you call us and provide the property details. If there is an estate agent involved, we will arrange access with them directly.

What type of property is a Level 3 Home survey (Building Survey) suitable for?

A Level 3 Home survey (Building Survey) is suitable for all types of buildings but is generally recommended if the property is pre-1940s, has been significantly altered or extended, is Listed, needs extensive repairs or is constructed using non-traditional building methods and materials.

The service consists of a detailed visual inspection of the building, its services and the grounds and is more extensive than a Home Survey Level Two. Concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers are inspected if it is safe to do so. Although the services are not tested, they are observed in normal operation.

The report describes the form of construction of the building and the type of materials that have been used for the different parts of the property and reports on their condition.  The report identifies any visible defects and the potential for hidden defects and will make recommendations for the necessary repairs and improvement works including the likely timescale for necessary work.

A full description of the service is given in the Terms of Engagement and Scope of Work which your surveyor will provide.

What is the difference between a Level 2 Home survey (Homebuyer Report) and a Level 3 Home survey (Building Survey)?

A Level 2 Home survey (Homebuyer Report) is a mid-range survey that provides a comprehensive report with detailed information about the condition of the property. It will flag any defects that you will need to be aware of and recommendations on how to remedy those defects.

The Level 3 Home survey (Building Survey) provides you with everything that the Level 2 Home survey provides you with, and more. It provides you with a more detailed report that is typically for larger, older or more complicated buildings. The report will give you professional advice to help you make a reasoned and informed decision when purchasing the property or when planning for repairs, maintenance or upgrading the property.  It will provide detailed advice on the condition of the property internally and externally and will describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects and also propose the most probable cause(s) of the defects.

If you are not sure whether the Level 2 or the Level 3 survey will be the most appropriate for your property, please call us on 01223 813129 for a chat with one of our team and they will be happy to advise you.

What if your survey identifies any serious defects?

Sometimes our surveys identify defects within the property, which are usually highlighted in amber or red in the report using the traffic light system.  Where appropriate, we will make recommendations for the necessary repairs or in some instances we will advise that further investigations are necessary depending on the nature of the defect.  This information prepares you for any potential costs of repairs that you hadn’t anticipated when you agreed to buy the property that you will need to address when you move in.

Depending on the extent of the repairs you may decide to withdraw from the purchase of the property altogether or you may use the information to go back to the seller to renegotiate a better price that is more appropriate to cover the cost of the repairs.

How soon can you expect to receive the survey report?

We aim to issue your Level 3 Home survey (Building Survey) within 3-5 working days after the inspection has taken place. Once the report has been completed and passed our quality control checks, you will receive your copy via email as a PDF document. If required, a hardcopy can also be posted to you.

Should you share the survey report with a third party?

You are at liberty to share the survey report with anyone you wish. However, we would generally advise caution when passing on the report to anyone other than your solicitor since it contains information of a commercially sensitive nature. One of the key benefits of a property survey is that the findings can be used as a valuable tool to renegotiate the purchase price, with the report constituting evidence of defects provided by a credible independent expert.

Is a Home Survey value for money?

Home surveys are a good way to avoid unexpected repair costs when you move into the property. According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) buyers who didn’t get a survey faced on average £5,750 worth of repairs when they moved in and 17% of these ended up paying more than £12,000 on average to make their homes habitable. When you are asking yourself if you can’t afford the price of the survey, you should also consider if can you afford the expensive cost of repairs when you move into the property?

What our clients say

“Just wanted to thank you for this survey – we’ve been told that the RICS 3 surveys are detailed, but this is just exceptional work in comparison to some of the samples we’ve seen (even our broker was surprised, and he’s seen a lot!) and it gives us really good insights into how we want to approach the buying process from here. The level of “nitpicking” (in a good way!) is remarkable and I really appreciate that Manor Surveyors seem to put quality first.”

Simon Skrabanek

“Absolutely amazing service. Laura was helpful and efficient and then once our survey had been completed Paul was happy to call me and explain everything. Could not fault them at all. Original house purchase fell through and we were more than happy to use Manor again for our second purchase as they were so helpful and efficient. Thanks so much xxx”

Katrina Khalifa

“I have used them twice and received a very professional and efficient service from both Paul and Laura. Paul has provided us on both occasions with very in-depth Home Reports which were excellent value for money. I highly recommend them and wouldn’t use anyone else!”

Mick John