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Comprehensive Guide to Level 3 Building Surveys

A Level 3 Building Survey offers an exhaustive evaluation of a property’s condition, including estimated repair costs. This guide will help you understand what’s involved and whether it’s the right choice for you.


What is a Level 3 Building Survey?

Also known as a Full Structural Survey, this is the most detailed residential property evaluation available. It outlines the property’s condition, identifies defects, their causes, urgency for repair, and may include estimated costs.


Who Should Conduct the Survey?

Ensure your surveyor is suitably qualified and has significant experience to guarantee unbiased, expert advice. This survey is particularly useful for:

  • Listed Buildings
  • Properties older than 50 years
  • Unconventionally built structures
  • Buildings you plan to renovate
  • Previously renovated or remodeled building


What’s Included?

The survey covers:

  • Building inspection
  • Detailed report
  • Follow up advice if required


It examines all visible and accessible parts, including roofs, walls, and floors and surveyors are legally obligated to report significant issues.


Key Aspects Covered

The survey addresses:

  • Major and minor defects
  • Dampness tests
  • Structural modifications
  • Unauthorized renovations
  • Hazardous materials
  • Subsidence
  • Roof and masonry damage
  • Timber deterioration
  • Nearby large trees
  • Existing insulation and damp proofing


Additional specialist evaluations can be arranged upon request.


Time and Cost

The survey may take a day, and the report can take up to 10 days. Costs vary based on property size and type.


Final Report

The report will outline findings, recommend further specialist surveys if needed, and may include repair cost estimates.


Why It’s Crucial

A Level 3 Survey can uncover structural issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, saving you from costly surprises down the line.