RICS

Level 3 Survey

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Gil Winfield
Mr Gil Winfield
BSc MRICS MCABE C.Build E
RICS Chartered Surveyor / Building Engineer

The Level 3 RICS Survey Explained

A RICS Level 3 survey, also known as a building survey, is a comprehensive property survey that provides a detailed assessment of a property’s condition. It is suitable for all types of property in London, particularly older or more complex buildings, and provides the most detailed analysis of a property’s condition and potential issues.

The survey covers all accessible areas of the property and provides advice on repairs, maintenance, and future considerations for the property. It is recommended for properties in London with significant defects or that require major renovation or structural work.

In Summary

A Level 3 RICS survey is a comprehensive assessment of a property’s condition, providing detailed analysis of issues and necessary repairs. It is suitable for all properties, especially older or complex buildings, and recommended for significant defects or major renovation needs.

Condition Ratings

The surveyor gives condition ratings to the main parts (the ‘elements’) of the main building, garage and some outside elements.

The Condition Ratings are as follows:

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

A RICS Level 3 survey, also known as a building survey, is a comprehensive assessment of a property’s condition. It is the most detailed and extensive survey that RICS offers and is recommended for older or more complex properties.

A RICS Level 3 survey covers all accessible areas of the property and provides a detailed analysis of any significant defects or issues. It includes recommendations for necessary repairs and maintenance work, advice on legal issues, an assessment of the property’s value, and an evaluation of the property’s energy efficiency.

A RICS Level 3 survey is recommended for properties with significant defects or that require major renovation or structural work. It is also suitable for all types of properties, particularly older or more complex buildings.

The length of a RICS Level 3 survey depends on the size, complexity, and age of the property. It can take several hours to a full day to complete the survey, and the report is typically delivered within two weeks.

The cost of a RICS Level 3 survey depends on various factors, including the location, size, and type of property. However, it is usually more expensive than other types of surveys, as it provides the most detailed and comprehensive assessment of a property’s condition.

Yes, there are limitations to what a RICS Level 3 survey covers. For example, it does not cover areas that are inaccessible, such as inside walls or under floorboards, and it does not include a valuation for mortgage purposes. The surveyor will provide a list of the limitations in the report.