Building Survey

A building survey is the most comprehensive survey of residential properties. Find out the condition of every nook and cranny of your property by starting your survey today!

  • The most comprehensive survey and is suitable for all residential properties.

Building Survey, also known as a Level 3 Survey (formally known as a Structural Survey) 

This is an in-depth report particularly suited to large, old or unusual properties and can be tailored to the needs of the client and type of property. The surveyor will advise on fundamental defects and any implications they may have. Every aspect of the property is looked at as for the Homebuyer Survey and Valuation Report but in greater depth and any additional investigations such as drains tests, will be recommended. 

A Building Survey is suitable for older, larger or non-traditional properties and provides a full picture of its construction and condition. It, therefore, differs materially from a Homebuyer Survey in two major respects. If the property is extensive, has been altered or is in a run-down condition, then this is the report to opt for as it has the scope to give all the information you will need. A Building Survey is a highly-detailed report, designed around your specific requirements. The report will usually comprise of:

  • A comprehensive appraisal of the means and materials of construction.
  • Technical analysis of significant defects revealed and advice on appropriate further actions.
  • Identification of less significant defects, general disrepair, and shortcomings in the physical condition, maintenance, and design of the building.
  • A buildings insurance figure is not part of the standard report but can usually be included for a small additional fee.

Because of the individual nature of such reports, it is vital that you discuss your specific requirements with the surveyor. 

An estimate of repair may also be offered as an optional extra service to be provided in the report if it is agreed with the client in advance.

A full building survey will typically not include a valuation of the property

Other types of Survey to consider

If the house you are purchasing appears to be in very good condition and built post-war you may wish to consider a Homebuyer Survey and Valuation Report. This is a red flag type survey, also known as a Level 2 Survey.

If your mortgage Lender has highlighted an issue requiring further investigation you might consider a Specific Defect Report. This will be carried out by a Chartered Building Surveyor or Structural Engineers. For more information on this type of report click here Specific Defect Report.

If you have specific concerns our quotes will provide you with names and telephone numbers so that you can speak about your concern direct get a tailored quote.

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