RICS Survey Level 3
This level of service is for clients who are seeking a professional opinion based on a detailed assessment of the property.
This report consists of a detailed visual inspection of the building, its services and the grounds and is more extensive than a Home Survey Level 2. Our surveyor will consider your individual concerns and modify their report accordingly. By evaluating the property for any potential defects, identifying their probable cause, and assessing the necessity for repairs, these inspections represent the most detailed form of inspection.
- Roof Inspection (the surveyor will identify the type and thickness of ceiling, lifting small corners if necessary).
- Exposed surfaces and floors (the surveyors will lift any loose or unfitted carpet/floor coverings if possible).
- Observing the standard operation of drains in day-to-day life.
- If safe to do so, concealed areas normally opened or used by the occupiers will be inspected (typical examples include roof spaces, basements, and cellars).
- Services are not tested – however they are observed in normal operation – in other words, they are switched on or off and/or operated where the occupier has given permission and it is safe to do so.
- Windows (if practical, the surveyor will open all windows in the property).
- Objectively describing the form of construction and the building materials used for different parts of the property.
- Describe the condition of the property and provide an assessment of the relative importance of any defects and/or problems found at the property.
Therefore, the report will:
- Describe the identifiable risk of potential or hidden defects in areas not inspected.
- Propose the most probable cause(s) of the defects based on the inspection.
- Outline the likely scope of any appropriate remedial work and explain the likely consequences of non-repair.
- Provide photographs where necessary.
- Make general recommendations in respect of the priority and likely timescale for necessary work.
- Give an indication of likely costs (this aspect would not normally form part of the Level Three service, but our surveyors may choose to include it).
- Where costings are included, this will be reflected in our Terms & Conditions.
If our surveyor feels they are unable to reach the necessary conclusions with reasonable confidence, they will refer the matter for further investigations. However, at Survey Level 3, such referrals will be the exception rather than the rule.
This level of service is suitable for most residential properties in any condition. Recommended for older (pre-war) and unconventional properties that may have undergone major works or need significant renovations. Our Home Survey Level 3 reports are prepared in line with RICS guidance, however, should you have any additional requirements, you may consider our Bespoke Survey.
Home Survey Standard 22 RICS Professional Statement – Effective from 1 March 2021
Additional Valuation for Home Survey
Our Level 3 Surveys can also include a reliable assessment on the property’s estimated market value. Much like the standard survey, this information will assist you in making a confident and informed decision, based on the knowledge of our local expert. Furthermore, by citing this valuation, a buyer can potentially reduce the current asking price of the property. This will guarantee that they are not being overcharged or misled during the sale.
If a valuation is requested, a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost will also be calculated.
Where residential apartment buildings are clad or have potentially combustible attachments, appropriate documentary evidence in the form of an EWS1 is required confirming the status of fire risk, if any. We recommend your legal advisor requests a completed EWS1 from the Managing Agents/Landlords of the block within which the subject flat is situated.
You should be aware that where an acceptable EWS1 is not forthcoming then you should not proceed to purchase. At the current time it is unlikely that properties in residential apartment blocks with cladding will be mortgageable without a satisfactory EWS1.
You can find out more about an EWS1 in our blog: https://www.watsons-property.co.uk/what-is-an-ews1/