What Does a Level 3 Survey Cover?

When you purchase a residential property, an RICS Level 3 Building Survey, previously referred to as a Building Survey, is the most exhaustive RICS survey you can opt for. But what does it entail, what are the specific elements it examines and how long does it take to receive a survey report? In this guide, we aim to answer all of these important questions, exploring in-depth Level 3 surveys and what they involve. Continue reading to learn more.

The RICS Level 3 Survey: An Overview

An RICS Level 3 Building Survey is an extensive inspection that provides a meticulous evaluation of a property’s condition. The final report outlines the state of all key elements, identifies defects, their likely origins, the urgency for repair, and may even give a rough figure for repair costs. 

Conducted by qualified Surveyors governed by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), this survey ensures that the advice you receive is from qualified professionals.

When Do You Need a Level 3 Survey?

A Level 3 Survey is recommended for;

  • Listed Buildings
  • Older properties, particularly Victorian or pre Victorian
  • Properties of non traditional construction
  • Buildings intended for renovation or modification
  • Properties which have been renovated, extended or significantly altered

What Does the Survey Include?

The Level 3 Survey consists of an inspection of the roof, any chimneys, the rainwater fittings, external and internal walls, floors, ceilings, windows and doors, joinery, Bathroom fittings, and grounds and outbuildings to name some of the main parts. Following the survey inspection the surveyor will reflect on their notes and write up a comprehensive survey report. 

If there are any areas of particular concern, you can to request inclusion of this prior to the survey inspection. 

Key Aspects Covered in a Level 3 Survey

A number of essential elements are covered in a Level 3 survey including;

  • Identification of any structural defects with the building
  • Identification of any damp and the likely cause
  • Assessment of alterations and extensions
  • Review whether the building and recent extensions comply with relevant building regulations
  • Examination for presence of hazardous materials such as asbestos
  • Evidence of structural problems like subsidence or settlement
  • A visual assessment of the Electrics, Gas, Heating and Hot Water services. 

How Long Does a Survey Take?

An RICS Level 3 Survey inspection can take upwards of two hours to much of the day depending on the size and complexity of the property. 

Following the survey inspection, your Surveyor will call with a run through of the salient findings during the survey. The surveyor will then begin to write up the report, reflecting on the site notes and photographs. 

The Final Report

Once complete, the surveyor will produce a report detailing any identified defects, their potential causes, recommended additional investigations, and indicative repair costs. 

The RICS Level 3 Survey Report will usually follow within a week of the inspection. 

Searching for a RICS-Regulated Surveyor?

Skylark Surveyors, specialise in delivering high-quality RICS Level 2 and Level 3 Surveys. We pride ourselves on undertaking methodical inspections using the latest surveying technologies including thermal imaging, cameras on telescopic poles for roof inspections and endoscope inspections. 

Clients can communicate with our surveyor before and after the survey to discuss concerns and findings. We produce detailed, bespoke reports written in easy-to-understand language. Our Level 3 reports come with a cost summary outlining expected major repairs. If you’d like to reach out for an initial discussion, call us today on 01252 985888 or email us at mail@skylarksurveyors.com.

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