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RICS Level 3
(Building Survey)

The Level 3 Building Survey is the most comprehensive survey, proving a detailed report describing the property’s construction and condition with advice on how to deal with any defects found

Trusted by thousands of delighted customers

“We opted for a full blown building survey. The surveyor was fantastic - thorough, approachable and detailed in every aspect. Further to this, he made himself available to me to answer questions and pass on his invaluable advice. Swift, responsive and available to me at all times. I could not rate this team better.”- Jason Dias-Patel

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Why RICS Level 3?

The most detailed inspection from an experienced surveyor. The Level 3 Report is ideally for properties in poor condition, of an unusual design, substantially altered or extended, or for larger, older or non-traditional types of construction.

Detailed Inspection

Detailed Inspection by a qualified RICS surveyor

Summary

Summary, recommendations and advice

Condition Ratings

Red / Amber / Green condition ratings for various elements

Building Elements

Detailed comments on the construction and condition of main building elements

Services

Observations on electrical, gas, water, heating and drainage elements

Alterations

Advice on customer’s alteration proposals

Maintenance

Detailed repair and maintenance options and recommendations

Grounds & Outbuildings

Comments on grounds, garage and permanent outbuildings

Further Investigation

Where applicable, specialist investigations recommended

Environment

Comments on local environmental factors

Legal Issues

Legal issues highlighted for the conveyancer

Risks

Advice on building and occupational risks

Make informed decisions

The Level 3 Building Survey is the most detailed inspection and report option provided by our qualified RICS surveyors. This survey has the scope to provide far more advice around the condition, defects, repairs needed and any alternations.

The Level 3 Report provides the best opportunity for making a well-informed decision and puts you in the strongest position to negotiate the best price.

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Compare RICS Surveys and Valuations

Let us help you decide

Survey TypeRICS ValuationRICS Level 2
(Homebuyer Survey)
RICS Level 3 (Building Survey)
Inspection by RICS qualified surveyor
Type of inspectionBasicStandardDetailed
Reinstatement costOptionalOptionalOptional
Market valuationOptional
Property sales comparables
Old and historic property
Large extensions or alterations
Planned extension or alterations
Property in poor condition
Non-standard construction
Condition ratings
Visible issues and defects reported
Problems requiring urgent attention
Areas requiring further investigation
Maintenance advice
Photos of defects
Energy efficiency ratings
Future impact of repairs and materials
Potential problems due to hidden defects
Repair options and timeline
Estimated cost of repairs
Optional Extra
Comments about energy improvements
PricingFrom £259From £469From £739

Frequently asked questions

What areas do you cover?

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We have over 70 surveyors and cover the majority of the UK. However, we do not currently cover Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Are your surveyors RICS qualified?

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Yes all of our surveyors are qualified members of the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

What qualification will my surveyor have?

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All qualified RICS surveyors have the following designations after their names: AssocRICS, MRICS, or FRICS . You can check your surveyor’s qualification on the RICS website under “Is your surveyor qualified?”

Do you use trainee surveyors?

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No, we do not use trainee surveyors. All of our surveyors are fully experienced and fully qualified RICS members. Therefore you can be certain that your property will be both inspected by and reported upon by a fully qualified RICS surveyor.

How will I know whether I need a Level 2 Homebuyer Survey or a Level 3 Building Survey?

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The Level 2 Homebuyer Survey is for traditionally built properties which are in good condition. A Level 3 Building Survey is ideal for older, larger, run-down, unusual or altered/extended properties or if you are planning major work. Please see our product pages for further information.

What does a Level 2 Homebuyer Survey cover?

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It is a visual inspection of the property, grounds and services. The report describes the property’s condition and any defects found. Services (i.e. gas, water, electricity, boiler etc) are observed but not tested. Loft spaces, basements, cellars and similar are inspected if it is safe to do so.

What does a Level 3 Building Survey cover?

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It is a detailed visual inspection of the property, grounds and services and is more extensive than a Level 2 Survey. Loft spaces, basements, cellars and similar are inspected if it is safe to do. Although services are not tested, they are observed in normal operation (switched on or off where the occupier gives permission/if it is safe to do so). The report objectively describes the form of construction and materials used for different part of the property. It describes the condition and provides an assessment of the relative importance of the defects/problems. It also describes the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects in areas not inspected and proposes the most probable cause of the defects based on inspection.

Do you automatically include a valuation in your Level 2 Homebuyer and Level 3 Building Surveys?

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We don’t automatically include a valuation so that you are not paying for something that you may not need. If you would like to include a valuation, please let us know when you book your survey.

Do you provide Level 1 Home Surveys?

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A Level 1 Condition Report is the least detailed survey on the market. We do not offer Level 1 as we prefer to give a more detailed assessment of the property condition to our customers.

Can I have a sample report sent to me?

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Yes we’re happy to supply a sample report. Please call our booking team on 0330 113 1133.

How quickly can I book the surveyor?

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We usually have appointments available within the next few days.

Can I accompany the surveyor whilst the survey is completed?

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Unfortunately not, as it’s really important that that the surveyor is allowed to concentrate on performing the survey without distractions.

If I have had a cheaper quote will you match it?

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We offer a quality service provided by fully experienced and qualified surveyors. We keep our prices low by using technology to speed up the delivery of your report. Your own quote may not be from a firm which works this way, however we’d be happy to take a look and see what we can do.

Do I have to call the vendor/estate agent to make an appointment for the surveyor?

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No, we take away the hassle and arrange all of this for you.

When do I pay for the survey?

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You can either pay for the survey when you book it, or you can provisionally reserve the surveyor appointment and pay when we email you with details of how to pay. Payment is required prior to the appointment being fully confirmed. We accept all major credit and debit cards and you can also pay via PayPal.

How long after the survey has been completed will I receive the report?

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We aim to get the report to you within 5 working days but you’ll see from our Trustpilot Reviews that we regularly deliver the report to our customers even quicker.

Can you get the report to me quicker than 5 working days?

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Many of our surveyors will deliver the report more quickly, depending on the size and construction of the property.

How will your surveyor identify themselves when arriving at the property?

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All our surveyors have a Houzecheck identification card and will introduce themselves upon arrival.

What COVID precautions do your surveyors take?

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Our surveyors are following current industry and RICS guidance. They will utilise face masks, sanitising hand gel and disposable gloves. We ask the property owner to open internal doors so that surveyors can move freely around the property and to open windows for air flow ventilation.

Will the surveyor call me after the survey has been completed?

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Following a Level 2 Homebuyer or Level 3 Building Survey, the surveyor will make reasonable endeavours to call you to discuss their main findings following the inspection. This may, or may not, be immediately after the inspection, depending on other bookings that the surveyor may have scheduled in their diary.

How do I know that you will provide a good service?

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To date, we have provided over 11,000 surveys and valuations to happy customers and pride ourselves on the quality of our service. Please feel free to check out our Trustpilot and Google Reviews.

How will the report be sent to me?

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The report will be sent to you via email.

What happens if I need to reschedule or cancel the appointment?

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We are very flexible and receptive to customer needs. We have an understanding Customer Services team which is happy to help you. If you need to reschedule to another date, we can arrange this for you free of charge prior to the inspection taking place. If you no longer need the appointment, as long as you give us 24-hours’ notice prior to the inspection taking place, we will arrange a full refund of the product fee paid.

What happens if I have a query after the report has been completed?

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We have a dedicated Customer Services team which will be happy to help you with any query you may have. Please call the team on 0208 936 9033 or email to: team@houzecheck.com.

What happens if I need to complain?

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We take complaints very seriously. Please put your complaint in writing to our Customer Services team, email: team@houzecheck.com which will acknowledge your complaint and investigate your concerns.