It is the most extensive survey available and includes a visual inspection of the building, its services (e.g. electrics, plumbing, heating) and the grounds as well as concealed areas such as roof spaces, basements and cellars if it is safe to do so. Although the survey will not include any testing on the fabric or services of the building, they will be observed in normal operation i.e. they will be switched on or off and/or operated where the occupier has given permission and it is safe to do so.
The report details the form of construction and materials used for different parts of the property, their condition and will provide an assessment of the relative importance of any defects or problems. It will:
- Describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects in areas that have not been inspected
- Propose the most probable cause(s) of any defects based on the inspection
- Outline the likely scope of any appropriate remedial work and explain the likely consequences of non-repair
- Make general recommendations in respect of the priority and likely timescale for necessary work and
- Give an indication of likely costs (if required).
Where the surveyor is unable to reach a conclusion with reasonable confidence, a recommendation for further investigations will be made (however these should be minimal).
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How does it differ from the RICS Level 2 Report?
The RICS Level 2 Home Survey is better suited to more modern properties of standard construction. The RICS Level 3 Survey is specifically designed for properties of almost any age, style or condition, including period properties and those of non-standard construction.
If you’re thinking of buying an older property that’s fallen into disrepair, or a building that’s had major alterations, it’s vitally important that you understand the approach needed to maintain the component parts if you’re to preserve – and enhance – the value of your investment. For example, listed buildings or those located in conservation areas need specific care, and legislation often requires you to use the correct building materials and techniques.
If you’re planning to alter the structure or make a substantial financial investment in a property of age or character, the RICS Level 3 Survey provides an important safeguard.
To make sure that our RICS Level 3 Survey is the right report for you, click to view our helpful survey comparison guide.
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