Should we go for a Full Structural Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or RICS Level 2 Survey on a property in Berwick Upon Tweed and which is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed a RICS Level 3 Survey, however it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.
If the Berwick Upon Tweed property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been extended or modified, or is of non standard construction (i.e. not made of bricks), RICS advise a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you intend to do any significant alterations, RICS recommend you book a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is not as cheap, but it will give you exhaustive analysis of the Berwick Upon Tweed property's general condition and it includes more detailed advice on defects , general repairs and maintenance options .
For more detailed advice why not obtain a Berwick Upon Tweed House Survey Quote on our website or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to a member of our team.
Should I pay more for a full structural survey on forties property in Berwick Upon Tweed?
RICS Level 3 Survey is now the correct term for the Full Structural Survey following its new title some time ago by the RICS. A RICS Level 2 Survey is sufficient if buying a post 1950s unmodified Berwick Upon Tweed house of typical building materials. A RICS Level 3 Survey is certainly the appropriate type of survey in relation to the house mentioned. Be aware that several restrictions exist with a property survey as a surveyor cannot open up the structure of the property or advise whether drainage meets appropriate regulations.
What should we be aware of when buying a home proximate to a landfill site
Sites used for landfill take many forms including commercial waste. No one wants to live near one (most people do live near one). Worries include complex organic chemicals. Potential health problems like downs syndrome have been associated with landfill sites .
RICS Level 3 Survey and valuations in Berwick Upon Tweed will notice any structural issues connected with the landfill. Your conveyancer will commission conveyancing searches of the Environmental Agency data sets in addition to Northumberland Local Authority and inform you if the search uncovers a local landfill site .
Does a RICS Level 3 Survey in Berwick Upon Tweed include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for reconstructing a garage)
A RICS Level 2 Survey on a Berwick Upon Tweed property will contain a valuation in addition to a reinstatement cost. To estimate an accurate value estimate the valuer will refer to local Berwick Upon Tweed market factors as well as other factors relating to the property e.g. style of architecture Your Berwick Upon Tweed surveyor will also consider construction methods and will draw upon other assumptions, for example there are no dangerous materials. Surveyors don't factor in certain things like furnishings e.g. carpets.
Additional local area assumptions, like service connections, are made as well as any significant Berwick Upon Tweed environmental issues like mining activity, which are also considered as part of the valuation.
A RICS Level 3 Survey does not include a valuation as standard. A valuation can, however, be added for a nominal fee. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
I've put in an offer in Berwick Upon Tweed. What suggestions can a surveyor in Berwick Upon Tweed make? Does the age of the property matter?
Brick-walled Berwick Upon Tweed properties can suffer from numerous defects, such as cracks. The surveyor can investigate these as part of their report, with advice on the consequences were they to go untreated. A serious concern is frost damage, which over time will cause bricks and mortar to disintegrate entirely. Contact several local builders for quotes, including C & C Brickwork of 8 Dukes Rd, Walton-On-Thames, KT12 4LS on 01932 880238.
Other aspects of a property which may feature decorative include the use of 'clicker' or misfired brick.
Mould has created issues for us in the past, and we are sensitive to the cost of roof repairs. What does a RICS Level 3 Surveyor in Berwick Upon Tweed pay attention to during the survey?
Residences in Berwick Upon Tweed with no other major issues may be exposed to issues with the roof. All parts of the roof must be considered during the survey. This can include anything from wind braces to sheeting. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Berwick Upon Tweed, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the Berwick Upon Tweed surveyors will look for a range of signs, including literally being flat. An incline of at least '1 to 80' is recommended.
It may be inconvenient to employ scaffolding to perform repairs, especially in the busy parts of Berwick Upon Tweed, but it is a health and safety necessity. A quote (or several) for any necessary work should be acquired as soon as possible.
Does a qualified RICS surveyor go into detail on the condition of the gas heaters?
Your RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually check any easily accessible parts of the gas system. This means things like the location of the meter where relevant, as well as gas affiliated fixtures like flue/chimney maintenance. A Berwick Upon Tweed RICS chartered surveyor won't remove any external fittings or housings nor will they do any tests of any kind on the system. Of course, gas is potentially hazardous, should there be any worries relating to gas installations or if you smell gas, contact a gas safe engineer.
Northumberland based local companies include G.S.D Plumbing & Heating of 16, Castle Drive, Berwick-Upon-Tweed Tel. 07834318636 and George Straughen Plb & Htg Eng of 1 West Street, Norham, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland Tel. 01289382226.
The regulations stipulate landlords are legally required to complete appliance and installation inspections every 12 months and punishments for failure to comply are harsh .