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Full Structural Survey Cost

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A full structural survey costs more than any other survey offered by a RICS Building Surveyor and we detail below what you should pay. The question is whether your property needs a full structural survey, more commonly known now as a Level 3 Building Survey, or a Level 2 HomeBuyer Report.

What's the difference?
The terms Full Structural Survey and RICS Building Survey all are terms used for the RICS Level 3 Building Survey. Read the RICS Description of the RICS Home Survey – Level 3.

A Structural Survey is a different service and is undertaken by a structural engineer and reviews specific problems such as subsidence. This survey is undertaken when you know there is a specific issue reported to you in a RICS survey or a mortgage valuation.

The Structural survey cost starts at £599 for a non-intrusive inspection. Further charges apply should a more intrusive inspection be required such as reviewing the footings for a property effected by subsidence.

We'll explain house survey problems and what to look for, provide a full structural survey example and how much does a house survey cost. To find out which survey suits your property then click here - Full Structural Survey or HomeBuyers Report.

How much does a RICS Building Survey Cost?

The full structural survey cost depends on certain criteria which include:

  • Location of property - building surveyors charge different prices based on the location of the property
  • Size of property - the larger the property the longer it takes to survey and therefore the more expensive the quote
  • Property price - the more expensive your property, the more your surveyor has to pay for their indemnity insurance to cover themselves against any mistakes and as such the more the surveyor will charge

A Level 3 RICS building survey cost ranges from £599 on a £50,000 property going up to £5,100 for a £3million. Prices can vary up or down based on the above. We can give you a fixed quote today for your property by calling 0333 344 3234 (local call charges).

Full Structural Survey Cost by Location

What effects the cost?
Cost Range
The full structural survey cost in London will be higher based on other parts of the country because of the high average sale prices.

What supports a lower cost are the wide variety of RICS surveyors to choose from.

Costs start from £699 INC VAT
South West England
Although average house prices are lower you will find the cost for a building survey to be higher because of the shortage in the number of local RICS surveyors.

You will also find a number of older properties using a variety of building materials which means the surveyor will take longer to do and cost more.

Costs start from £899 INC VAT
South East England
Similar to London, house prices are on average higher than the rest of the UK and there are a good number of surveyors covering this area. There are however more unique, larger and older properties such as cottages and farm houses which cost more to survey.

Costs start from £699 INC VAT
House prices are cheaper in the West Midlands and properties can be on a newer style so may only require a Level 2 HomeBuyer Survey.

There are fewer surveyors which may increase the full building survey cost and availability.

Costs start from £599 INC VAT
House prices are cheaper in the North however some of the styles and age of property can vary.

There are fewer surveyors which may increase the full building survey cost and availability.

Costs start from £599 INC VAT

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in a Building Survey?
Example Building Survey Survey
  • Inspection of the roof and loft space
  • Review of drains
  • Assessment for suspicions of subsidence or asbestos
  • Testing for Damp
  • Property valuation and reinstatement value
  • Inspects your demise and the communal area nearby
  • External review of property
  • Review of utilities (gas and electric)
  • The scope of work is detailed here: RICS Guidelines for Full Structural Survey

Building Survey Example
A Level 3: Building Survey is undertaken by a RICS surveyor who inspects the above points, however a structural engineer inspects a property for other defects once they have been found such as subsidence, removal of a load bearing wall or even a removal of a chimney breast. You can read up more about this by clicking on one or more of the following links:

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