Building Surveys

When considering purchasing a property, whether it be a buy-to-let or development investment, the long-term ‘home of your dreams’ or a business premises, peace-of-mind can be achieved by enlisting the help of a Chartered Building Surveyor.

Building Surveys Explained

Southdown Surveyors are experienced Chartered Surveyors based in Eastbourne, East Sussex. We offer a range of property services including building surveys. There are two main types of surveys: 

  • RICS Level 3 Home Survey
  • Building Surveys

The Difference between a Building Survey and a RICS Level 3 Home Survey

To summarise, the RICS Level 3 Home Survey provides you with an economy,
standard report which identifies what the surveyor believes to be the
most important issues affecting the subject property, as well as an
opinion of the market value and a reinstatement cost suitable for
insurance purposes. This service is most suitable for bungalows, houses
and flats that are in reasonable condition and of traditional type and

The Building Survey by comparison is a customised service that
provides a more in-depth and detailed assessment of the subject
property. It is written in the surveyors own format which subsequently
means it can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. It is typically
more suitable for larger, older properties or in cases where the
property is run-down, has been significantly altered or has major
conversion/renovation plans anticipated for it. The Building Survey does
not include a market valuation or reinstatement cost assessment but
these can be included if requested, along with other additional services
such as cost guidelines, feasibility studies, scaled floor plans and
maintenance schedules. Depending on the individual merits of the
property an additional charge may be applicable for these additional

If required we can incorporate the use of a ‘cherry-picker’ to allow
closer access to roof areas, to provide a more comprehensive assessment
if necessary.

We also have consultant surveyors who are able to further provide
asbestos surveys including sample testing, both commercial and domestic
Energy Performance Certificates, drainage surveys and fire risk
assessments. Please just ask for more details.

Comprehensive Service

Before, during and after your survey we are available to discuss our
services and explain our findings; always in down-to-earth, simple
language! We leave you feeling assured that you are making an educated
and informed purchase of your property.

In some cases, where the survey identifies costly-to-repair defects,
you may be able to save money by negotiating with the vendor.

Furthermore, we can provide Specific Defect reports for when an
individual issue has been identified, such as cracking or water
penetration, or snagging assessments for newly built or converted

If you are in any doubt on the survey you need, please just give us a
call and one of our friendly team will guide you in the right
direction. Alternatively, if you know that you need an RICS Level 3 Home Survey or Building Survey, please call or use our simple online form.

Survey Levels

Survey level two:  RICS Level 3 Home Survey

This is most suitable for conventional properties which are in reasonable condition. The report gives you more detailed information and provides the choice of either a survey or a survey & valuation.

  • RICS Level 3 Home Survey (survey)
    Includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice
  • RICS Level 3 Home Survey (survey & valuation)
    Includes all the features of the RICS Condition Report, plus a market valuation and insurance rebuild costs. It also includes advice on defects that may affect the value of the property with repairs, and ongoing maintenance advice

Survey level three: RICS Building Survey

Essential for larger or older properties, or if you’re planning major works. The most comprehensive report provides you with an in-depth analysis of the property's condition and includes advice on defects, repairs and maintenance options.

Contact our friendly team today for more information on 01323 739183.

Kind Words...

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Matthew came to value my house, very thorough and professional. Can't recommend Southdown Surveyors enough.

Ms D Cotton