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Full Structural Survey      (L3 inspection)

What’s involved and who is it suitable for ?

Full Structural Survey  

  • Who carries out the survey

    This is carried out by an experienced Chartered Civil & Structural Engineer, Chartered Building Engineer / Building Surveyor, with expert knowledge of building inspection, building construction, structural defects, and repairs and at least 10 years qualified. Our full structural building survey (inspection), assesses the building’s construction, structural integrity and stability and outlines the structural defects. We use  experienced, seasoned, professionals, depending on specific requirements, who undertake a detailed survey (inspection) of the building and then produce a report in a specific format.

  • What type of property is it recommended for

    We usually recommend this type of survey for homeowners or homebuyers of older properties but it can be
    undertaken on any property as we undertake the same detailed checks, but older properties usually tend to flag up more defects in our experience. We also inspect properties of non-standard construction such as BISF steel framed houses, Cornish type, post- war houses, no- fines concrete houses and Timber frame houses.

  • How detailed is the report

    The Survey (Inspection) Report varies in length, depending on the condition of the building and number of
    defects but is commonly 60+ pages in length, with an easy to follow summary of structural defects and list of recommended

  • How is the report laid out

    The report gives you an in-depth description and evaluation and provides and easy to read conclusion, using
    condition ratings,  so that you can to easily understand areas of the property that require attention so you can prioritize  repairs and this way you can plan what is urgent and needs fixing first.

  • Does it include costs

    It also recommends a way of costing any repairs or upgrades that may be required.

Survey in detail

The survey (inspection) is a non-intrusive, visual inspection which focuses on the following:

  • Roof

    In-depth, internal, visual inspection of the type of roof trusses, structural layout of rafters, ceiling
    joists, purlins, purlin struts and ties, their condition and structural integrity. Inspection of internal
    party and gable walls in the roof space, check on purlin supports and connections,
    inspection for insect infestation (wood boring beetle).

  • We measure the timber moisture content and inspect for dry rot (serpula lacrymans) and wet rot, in structural timber members that support the roof. Externally, (from ground level), we check the roof lines, ridges, verges, or hip ridges, valleys, and we identify external roof coverings, flashings, gutters and downpipes, barge boards, fascia, and soffit boards are present and also if roof ventilation is present or required.  
  • Walls

    The load bearing walls support the roof and the upper floors. We determine the type of wall construction, and
    materials. We identify, measure and categorize the cracks in walls in line with industry standards and we
    determine what is the cause, eg thermal movement, bearing failure, lintel failure, settlement, suspected
    subsidence, or cavity wall tie failure. We also assess internal load bearing walls and room openings, for the presence of structural members.

  • We check the overall structural Integrity of walls, undertake basic verticality checks, sill or header, level checks where we think it is required. Where visible, we identify mortar type, surface degradation, and external render degradation. We also check walls for high moisture levels and identify areas of suspected rising damp, hygroscopic salts and penetrating damp.
  • Floors

    Assessment of ground floors and upper level floors, including materials used and general construction.
    Identification of floors that have undergone movement. Assessment of floor spans, excessive deflections,
    movement due to settlement, overloading, or timber creep. Identification of supporting beams in load bearing
    walls, used to support upper level floors where walls have been knocked through to join rooms. We undertake moisture content checks in floor joists, where access is possible. We identify degradation of floor joists and check for insect infestation (wood boring beetle) and rot where floor joists can be readily accessed. We undertake general floor levels checks in each room and identify excessive deflection, sloping floors where possible.


  • Foundations

    Identification and assessment of type of foundation construction, likely materials based on age of building and building acts in place at that time (if not visible or without construction drawings). Topography of the site, assessment of foundation movement related to wall and floor movements and associated ground levels. We provide professional recommendations and conclusions should we  identify any problems during the survey (inspection).

  • Other items in this report include

    • Advice on some non-structural items such as ventilation of roofs,  and windows,  asbestos, minimum headroom and pitch of stairs, verge under-cloaking condition, and where visible, sarkin and flashings. Exclusions are clearly identified in the report. 
    • Structural Condition ratings on defects so you can plan the order of your repairs should any be required.
    • Areas of concern to be followed up by the conveyancer.
    • Informed recommendations for repair as well as future maintenance requirements.
    • A way forward to estimate costs for any repairs or improvements and how to get them done.
    • After hours explanation of your report and back up advice should you need it.
  • Sometimes if we find major structural defects, we may recommend a more in-depth or intrusive assessment is required
    such as removal of plasterboard to expose structural members, removal of floor coverings and floorboards, high level, close roof inspection,  trial pits to expose foundations, crack width monitoring, precise floor and ground elevation surveys, retrospective building regulation calculations, cavity wall inspections, more in-depth damp surveys and damp remediation, building movement monitoring. These types of reports may be carried out by us or third parties and are available subject to request and availability.

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We have five star ratings on comparison websites:

Very impressed with Verano Structural Surveys. Competitive price, quick response to any queries. Fantastic detailed report compiled within 2 weeks. Would definitely use again, very good professionals.

Emyr Davies, Cardiff

  • Promptness of response: I had a quick quote and phone call, very prompt. The availability was good and the survey was done quickly
  • Quality of Service: They explained everything really well for me. The survey report was very well written, pictures and explanations were excellent.
  • Value for Money This was the least expensive quote I received
  • Professionalism start to finish. I would recommend to others.
S Jenkins

Cardiff Newport - Structural Survey Report

  • Supplier Feedback: Excellent. Responded quickly to my request and was polite and very professional. Report was finalised and sent to me within about 5 days as initially outlined. I would definitely use him again if needed.
  • Website Feedback: Supplier was easy to find on the web. They contacted me back almost immediately.
K Pulham

Llanelli - March 2023

  • Promptness of response:  Within the day
  • Quality of service:  Amazing detail to the best of their ability. Very reassuring
P Bell


  • Value for money: Good fast service, good report
  • Professionalism: Few issues with emails getting through that were quickly sorted
J Roberts

Rhondda Cynon Taf - August

  • Promptness of response:  I was extremely lucky to get a cancellation appointment                                                    Professionalism:  They  made the time to talk me through the report, after hours which was much appreciated.
P McMorran

Carmarthenshire - July

Dear Verano Surveys,

Yes, please, I agree to put my first name on your website as 'strongly recommend'. Your service saved my time and I can say so far that you are very reliable company. Everything was on time you kept all planned dates. I am really satisfied.

I will leave my feedback on Trust Pilot with 5 stars.

Kind regards,


Szymon Nowakowskid

Structural Survey, Glyncorrwg - August 2022

"Thank you so much for the quick turnaround. We're really happy with the report."
Stephanie Davies

Data Manager

"Thank you,  I just wanted to say a massive thank you, I appreciate how quick you were able to get into the property and produce the report. The level of detail is outstanding and I will be leaving a good review where ever possible, couldn't recommend you any more." - Kind regards, Liam

Liam Williams


"Excellent service"  "I called them to arrange it. I had the report in my hand the next week.  Really quick and they really knew what they were talking about." - "I would strongly recommend getting their survey report !"

Mr J Evans


"Very happy with the services and such timescale was completed in. They managed to fit the survey in with limited notice, to enable the next steps of my property purchase. Very reasonably priced and great services with a very comprehensive report. Thanks!"

Darcy Read-Jones


Emily needed our help! with a full structural survey and an intrusive survey  - old steel framed property

"I was a first time buyer and my mortgage lender advised me to get a survey on the property. I was recommended Verano Structural Surveys by the estate agent. I contacted them and they made it so easy and agreed to do it quickly. It was all stress free as they made arrangements through the estate agents to get the keys and go out for the survey but kept me up to date through it all. I needed a full survey including inside the cavity walls and steel frame as the mortgage company requested it as it was a steel framed property. They were so helpful and patient with me as it was all new to me. The survey report was in depth and explained everything so even I could understand it. Luckily we didn't have anything major things wrong with the house but it was worth it as it gave us piece of mind that we wouldn't get any unexpected costs. They were all around professional, helpful and patient. It made this part of buying a house stress free. I would highly recommend.'

E. Rose- Intrusive Structural Inspection Survey

South Wales

"Very well organised! We found them online, so called them for a full structural survey quotation on a property we were buying in Swansea. They weren't the cheapest but offered a quick turn around. We had our detailed survey report within 5 working  days as they promised. The report went into great depth, with a categorized list of issues and recommended repairs. We contacted a local builder they recommended for a detailed estimate and got the damp injection done by a specialist.  I am really pleased with their service, very well organised !" 

Nicolas Roland

Property Investor

Supplier Feedback: Excellent. Responded quickly to my request and was polite and professional. Report was sent within time. I would definitely use them again if needed.

Website Feedback: Supplier was easy to find on the web. - Structural Surveys, Llanelli

R James - March 2023

Supplier Feedback:  I have to say, in all the years I have been reading survey reports, that is up there with one of the best, very informative."

Laura  - Local Estate Agent - Branch Manager

Supplier Feedback:

Really pleased, I recommend using them !

"I had my offer accepted on a property . I ended up having a  Structural Survey and I'm glad I did. The report included every detail on the property with photos and an easy to read Conclusion with Condition ratings, showing me the severity and types of structural repairs required. I was surprised to find that the property had woodworm in the rafters inside the roof. The property was built in the 1960's but some loose planks that made up the loft walkway had woodworm and had spread to the roof timbers. Really pleased with the report."

Mr Loveluck


Guide to surveys and inspections of buildings and associated structures and subsidence

Published by The Institution of Structural Engineers

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 "It made this part of buying my house stress free. I would highly recommend them."  -Emily 




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