Welcome to Summerfield & Co
RICS Level 3 Building Survey
Your local RICS surveyor
Need a Building Survey?
Summerfield & Co offers a range of property surveys, catering to clients in Salisbury and the surrounding area. Our surveyors are fully qualified and accredited by RICS and RPSA.
We provide a bespoke service, working with you to choose the perfect survey for your prospective property. We offer three categories of the survey:
- Home Condition Survey (RICS Level 1)
- Homebuyers Survey (RICS Level 2)
- Building Survey (RICS Level 3)
The survey we suggest will depend on when the property was built, its general state, and whether any major modifications have been made since the initial construction.
All About the Building Survey Process From Summerfield & Co
Following initial contact, we will review your property online to ensure a Building Survey (RICS Level 3) is right for you. We will then arrange a visit to your property to carry out the inspection.
Normally, we carry out surveys during the morning. We’ll discuss general findings with you on the day of the survey, and send a comprehensive, jargon free report within five working days.
Guidance from RICS stipulates surveys be full and thorough – something we take very seriously. All surveyors are fully qualified and accredited by RICS and RPSA.
Building surveys are non-invasive, meaning we will not lift floorboards or examine the area behind walls. We will not test electric or gas services. We will, however, operate all windows, doors, bathroom and kitchen fittings and central heating. We’ll check the condition of your attic and basement if applicable, and move furniture and carpets. During our visit to your property, we will take a minimum of 40 pictures.
Following our visit, you will receive a report summarising any issues we identified. We’ll address any hidden or potential defects. Your property will be assigned a condition rating, and we may recommend maintenance or general repairs. We’ll address structural integrity, and advise you on the estimated anticipated lifespan of key elements in your property.
Why Choose Summerfield & Co
Common issues identified during a Building Survey
During an inspection we may detect the following issues:
Building Survey FAQs
Is a RICS Level 3 Building Survey right for me?
A Building Survey is the most comprehensive RICS survey. If your property is large, run-down or was built before 1800, we recommend a RICS Level 3 Building Survey.
We also recommend this survey for properties that are unusual or altered, or if you’re planning significant structural works.
What are the alternatives to a RICS Level 3 Building Survey?
We also offer RICS Level 2 Home Buyers Surveys and RICS Level 1 Home Condition Surveys. If your house was built after 1900 and remains in relatively good condition, we recommend a Home Buyers Survey. If your home is new and in excellent condition, we recommend a Home Condition Survey.
How long will inspection of my property take?
Our inspections last for a minimum of four hours. We’ll discuss general findings with you on the day of the survey, and send a comprehensive, jargon free report to you within five working days.
Is a Building Survey really worth it?
We think so!
Completion of a Building Survey is not a prerequisite when buying a property, but it could save you a fortune, and ensure the safety of the property’s occupants.
The outcome of the report may influence how you approach discussions with the seller of the property. You may decide to opt-out of the sale altogether, negotiate a lower price, or request that issues are addressed before you purchase the property.