Should we opt for a RICS Level 2 Survey, Full Structural Survey or RICS Level 3 Survey for a home in Banwell and which is cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a RICS Level 3 Survey, however it is effectively the same.
If the Banwell property is an apartment, or is an older property, or has been extended, or is built of unusual materials, you should go for a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are planning to carry out any major works, you should you book a RICS Level 3 Survey. This survey is less cheap, but it does give a more detailed analysis of the Banwell property's condition in addition to an opinion on defects and maintenance options .
If in doubt why not get a Banwell House Survey Quote on our site or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to a member of our team.
Will the home surveyor investigate flooding damage?
The lives of many home owners in Banwell and across the UK have been disrupted by flooding. Those planning to buy in affected areas should weigh up their exposure.
As with many aspects of home ownership, flood prevention is better (and cheaper) than a cure. In addition, the Home Buyers Survey may outline a strategy for flood-related upkeep.Less expensive preventative measures include door guards. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the estate agent, but this information may not be accurate.
What will the Chartered Surveyor look for on a stipple rendered (stucco) regency house in Banwell.
Stucco is really just dense render. Typically stucco render is applied to brick to form a smooth stone like surface. Stucco is highly aesthetic and is was often applied to Georgian homes. It is similar to mortar. Stucco is often prone to defect and Banwell RICS Level 2 Surveys frequently show any number of problems for instance when it is faced with on-going weathering which becomes saturated and thus prone to frost damage.
Another example of problems could result from the burden of heavy load such as cracking under the eaves. Fixing problems with stucco can be surprisingly expensive as despite the craft being thousands of years old, the skills are getting rarer.
We are buying a flat in Banwell and noticed that the dining room floor was uneven, could this be evidence of subsidence? How could this affect the property, and what possible solutions are to available to remedy this?
Movement of the foundations of a house is called subsidence. A builder should return to a new house after time has passed to make good any settlement cracks.
In regions with a high concentration of clay soil, a long period of dry weather will cause the moisture level of the soil to fall. This can dry out, shrinking the clay, putting a strain on the foundations and causing movement. Inside, keep an eye out for fresh cracks in brick or plaster.
The root cause of any subsidence must be found before repairs can commence.Repairing leaking drains, water mains or broken downpipes, which are the cause of the subsidence, should be all that is needed to stabilise the home. Structural brickwork may need to be dismantled and rebuilt, or more cosmetic areas can effectively be repaired with resin filling in the cracks. This can also be time-consuming, and inconvenient. Your surveyor may suggest that you talk to an arborist to find out the best cause of action if trees or other plant life is the suspected cause.
I want to buy a detached house in BS29 for £217, 920. What will a Banwell qualified RICS surveyor evaluate when conducting a home buyers survey ?
There are a huge number of issues which could positively or negatively affect property values ranging from the legality of extensions to defects in the lease. It may help to set against values recorded in Banwell for similar houses.
The means house prices completed between Jul and Oct 2012 was £189, 120, which is £28, 800 less than the asking price. The house/flat average was £184, 303. Cherry Mead, Dark Lane, Banwell, North Somerset, North Somerset, BS29 6BP a detached property sold for £240, 000 .
An impartial way for home buyers to get an independent house valuation is to get a RICS Level 2 Survey in Banwell which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) by default. Your surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme.
I am purchasing a Banwell home and am concerned about the deterioration of the clay soil foundations. Will the House Survey consider this?
Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil, with soil compaction or compression and movement of clay soil layers resulting from changes in their water content being relatively common. Clay soil is naturally lower in volume, and will compact over several months in the case of new-builds. This settlement is predictable and necessary - the real concern is contraction in clay soil caused by changes in the local water table. .
If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Banwell house's foundations, leading to bowing, cracks and severe structural damage. Fortunately, there are steps a home owner can take. Your surveyor should refer to maintenance options in their report, like swift repair of any collapsed drains. The building foundations may need extra support in some cases. A surveyor can confirm if this is necessary, as it can be a lengthy process.