Should I go for a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey on a home in Ashington and which is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a RICS Level 3 Survey but is effectively the same comprehensive survey.
If the Ashington property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not brick and tile), then RICS recommend a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are planning to make an extension, RICS recommend you commission a RICS Level 3 Survey. The RICS Level 3 Survey is less cheap however it will give a more detailed analysis of the Ashington property's state of repair in addition to information on defects as well as maintenance options .
If in doubt get a Ashington Home Survey Quote online or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to one of our advisers.
I am planning to acquire a house in NE63 for around £131, 512. What factors will Ashington surveyor consider when carrying out a Home Survey ?
There is a vast array of things which could have a bearing on house prices ranging from view to overall area pricing. It is useful to set against house prices registered at the Land Registry for comparable properties.
The average house price registered at the Land Registry in the 3rd quarter of 2012 was £106, 412, which is £25, 100 less than the amount the vendor is asking for. The house/flat average was £103, 773. 17, Embleton Walk, Ashington, Northumberland, Northumberland, NE63 8UD a detached property was purchased for £210, 000 .
An impartial way for you to get an independent property valuation is to commission a RICS Level 2 Survey (or Property Valuation Report) which includes a formal valuation as a core component. Your chartered surveyor will be accredited under the Valuer Registration Scheme (mandatory since 30 April 2011).
A qualified surveyor will always attend the house as well as considering the large variety of location factors that might affect values.
We are buying a loft-conversion in Ashington. What does a chartered surveyor look into during the survey?
Ashington properties in good condition can be hiding serious roofing problems. From decking to tie beams, every element of the roof will be considered. Flat roofs are also known for the trouble they can cause, often the result of literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended.
In the past, roof maintenance would be carried out with just ladders and 'crawler boards'. This practice is terribly unsafe, and contractors today will insist that scaffolding be used. It may be advisable to source an estimate for any work prior to exchange. However, buyers should endeavour to compare a number of quotes to find the best deal. Call Protect Roofing of 1 Melville Av, Blyth, NE24 3SU on 01670 355770 for more information.
A builder friend commented to say there may be an asbestos boiler affecting the flat. What is asbestos?
Fears around asbestos are understandable. Asbestos is a harmful material. There are over 60 types, 6 of which were used in the UK and are often found in the building materials including paper lining.
Asbestos was commonly used as it has characteristic heat resistance properties, it may be found in painted over ceilings. Most asbestos was imported from the US.
All forms are dangerous and may lead to lung cancer or fibrosis following prolonged exposure. In fact inhaling a single fibre is not fatal.
Care should be taken if asbestos is discovered never to damage it. Professional advice must be taken ASAP. Getting rid of asbestos will be expensive must always be carried out by trained experts. Ashington Surveyors do not verify the presence of asbestos on a Ashington RICS Level 2 Survey. They will note possible asbestos and should recommend professional testing.
The property we plan to purchase is built on clay soil. Can my Ashington Home Buyers Survey consider this, and will the Surveyor advise on upkeep?
Clay soil is related to a handful of potentially severe defects. Issues range from sub-soil shrinkage to movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content, both of which can put a house's foundations under great strain. The composition of clay soil varies greatly, with some areas being more susceptible to clay soil subsidence than others, but the effects can be very similar. For example, widening cracks may be benign, or a clue prompting a more thorough investigation. When performing your Home Buyers Survey in Ashington, your surveyor will consider the impact the soil composition has had, and may have, on the house. In some more extreme cases, the building foundations may need extra support, but this can be costly.
I am acquiring a un-loved regency terraced property in Ashington, is it best to get a full structural survey?
Structural surveys are now called RICS Level 3 Survey. A RICS Level 2 Survey is detailed enough for a post 1950s unmodified Ashington house built out of standard construction materials. A RICS Level 3 Survey is the proper choice for the house described.
Typically a couple of days after a thorough site survey of any accessible parts, the surveyor's formal report is sent to you specifying any important details on the construction and uses of the house. Bear in mind that certain provisos exist with any survey as a qualified RICS surveyor cannot (unless owners consent provided) open up the fabric of the house for example, or investigate the internal state of any flues.