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Full Building Surveys can save you money. If you are buying a property, knowing the property’s faults and understanding the cost of repairs allows you to negotiate on the purchase price of the property.

If you are selling a property, the survey report can allow you to identify any issues that may cause a sale to fall through.

What is a full building survey?

Also known as a ‘Level 3’ or ‘Structural’ survey, an RICS Full Building Survey is the most detailed type of survey. In short, it is the gold standard. Industry guidelines recommend this type of survey if your property is large, old, has some disrepair or has unusual features. Guidelines also recommend Full Building Surveys if you plan to do any significant renovations or extensions. At Allcott Associates, we think that a Full Building Survey is the best option for getting a complete understanding of what you are buying, whatever the property age or type. A Full Building Survey is a comprehensive inspection of a property. Wherever possible, the surveyor will look over the entire property, including the attic, cellar, under loose carpets and behind furniture. Everything that can be looked at, will be looked at.

This type of survey provides thorough, bespoke guidance on build type, condition, structural integrity and maintenance issues. You will receive a very detailed report with advice on visible faults and potential hidden defects. The report will also tell you the types and costs of repairs that are needed and what property maintenance measures will be required. In addition, it provides guidance on environmental hazards and highlights issues that your legal advisor should look into. The information will be in-depth and tailored to the property type and your needs.

Allcott Associates RICS Full Building Surveys


Our team includes both RICS Chartered Surveyors and Structural Engineers, so we can go beyond simply describing the property condition. We are unique in that our comprehensive Building Surveys include detailed technical and structural advice. Unlike other firms, we won’t refer you to a third party for structural investigations.

Thorough inspection of property condition and structure
In-depth advice on repairs, costs and maintenance
Industry-leading detailed reports
Tailored inspections based on your needs
Local surveyors supported by our nationwide team
One-to-one support on-site or over the phone

What does a full building survey include?


– Thorough inspection of all accessible parts of the property and its outbuildings.
– Assessment of all major and minor faults found within the property and the implications of these faults.
– Examination of the potential for hidden defects.
– Assessment of timbers for rot and active woodworm infestation.
– Comment on the condition of the heating, electric, gas/oil and water system
– Investigation into the condition of damp proofing, insulation, and drainage (providing access to the drains is available).



– Testing for dampness of the walls, and results for these tests.


– Estimated maintenance and repair costs and information on what will happen if repairs and maintenance are not carried out.
– Technical information about how the property was built, and all materials which were used in the process.
– Tailored advice on how the build type affects the structural integrity and maintenance of the property.
– Information on environmental hazards and considerations for your legal advisor.
– Proposals for any further special inspections and subsequent work which may need to be done on the property, due to findings during the survey.



– Reinstatement costs and market valuation upon request.

Professional Surveyors, Quality Service | RICS Certified Surveyors


Allcott Associates LLP employ both Building Surveyors and Structural Engineers and all our Chartered Building Surveyors are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This ensures our Building Survey Reports are comprehensive and will never need referring back to a Building Surveyor or Structural Engineer for further investigation at a further cost unless in the unlikely event that opening up of areas is required. Unlike other firms, we are completely independent and our reports are accepted by all financial institutions and insurance companies.