Is it best to opt for a RICS Level 2 Survey, Full Structural Survey or RICS Level 3 Survey on a house in Barry and which one would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a RICS Level 3 Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.
If the Barry property is a flat or maisonette, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, you should choose a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are planning to carry out any works or an extension on the Barry property, you should you go for a RICS Level 3 Survey. This survey is not as cheap as a RICS Level 2 Survey however it will give exhaustive analysis of the Barry property's condition in addition to more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .
If in doubt you can get a Barry Homebuyers Survey Quote online or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.
What will the RICS Surveyor take into account on a stucco rendered regency home in Barry that we intend to purchase.
Stucco is a form of render. Usually stucco render is layered over underlying red brick hardens to a very smooth surface. The effect is highly beautiful and is often found on Regency buildings. It is made from an aggregate, a binder and water and hardens to a dense solid. it can be problematic and Barry surveyors sometimes reveal issues for instance trapped water leading to internal damp problems. Other issues might involve sulphate attack from salts absorbed from underlying brickwork. Resolving problems with stucco can be difficult and costly as the skills are getting harder to find.
We are planning to buy a flat in Barry and saw evidence of that the basement floor was uneven. Is this a urgent risk, and what subsidence issues does the Barry Surveyor report on?
Subsidence refers to the movement of a home and its foundations. Subsidence and settlement are often confused. Settlement does occur in recently built homes, and is rarely a cause for concern. The property's weight can cause the ground beneath the foundations to compact, this should quickly settle. In some older homes cracks become apparent when temperatures rise[ that close up in the winter] when the materials absorb moisture. These cracks are usually completely harmless.
Soil on ground on an incline is not as stable as that flat ground and can sometimes become unstable and slip down the incline. In serious weather conditions, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence. This is not usually a concern in England and Wales however.
Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. Damaged but non-structural elements should be filled and re-weatherproofed. Chartered surveyors should be able to identify a subsidence problem, while structural engineers may also be required.
I want to acquire a property in CF62. The asking price is £194, 852. What will the Barry qualified surveyor consider during a RICS survey ?
There are a huge number of issues that can impact on property values from state (of neglect) of exterior to the modernity of the kitchen. As an indicator, one can try to consider the prices of house recorded in the same area for similar properties.
The average house price recorded between Jul and Oct 2012 was £168, 252, which is £26, 600 less than the amount the vendor is asking for (£155, 830 was the blended house/flat average). 15, Nyth Y Dryw, Rhoose, Barry, The Vale Of Glamorgan, CF62 3LW a detached property sold for £275, 000 .
The most accurate way for home buyers to get a formal house valuation is to commission a RICS Level 2 Survey which includes a formal valuation as an inclusive part. A qualified RICS surveyor will be officially part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.
A RICS chartered surveyor should attend the property in addition to considering all other items affecting property values.
Does a survey include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of professional fees) and what will it include?
A RICS Level 2 Survey on a Barry property will contain a professional valuation and a rebuilding cost. To fully consider the property's value the surveyor will call upon knowledge of Barry and other things about the property e.g. accommodation Surveyors also evaluate materials used and will make certain key assumptions, for example the building connected to mains services such as electricity. A RICS Level 3 Survey does not include a valuation as standard. However we can add a valuation for a small additional fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out. The valuation also assumes that there is an absence of any compromising legal problems e.g. no problematic restrictions. Such concerns will be unravelled by your conveyancer.
Additional local Barry area conjectures like the property being insurable, are made as well as any significant environmental problems like industrial buildings, also being considered.
Can Kentish Rag stone-built properties be a challenge. Are there any major defects that we should be aware of?
Buyers of a stone-built listed building should consider that upkeep respects the original fabric of the property. This is enforced by the council. Defects affecting stone-built property can vary, erosion being relatively common. Regular stone describes cut stone, generally forming brick-like courses. These may require less maintenance than more irregularly built walls, but this is heavily dependent on the type of stone used. Upkeep advice often given in a survey includes removal of invasive plants, such as ivy.