Should I have a RICS Level 2 Survey, Full Structural Survey or RICS Level 3 Survey for a home in Bryn Y Baal and which one is the cheapest?
The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a RICS Level 3 Survey and is basically the same the same survey.
If the Bryn Y Baal property is an apartment, or is over 100 years old, or has been structurally altered, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. steel and glass), RICS advise the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are thinking about whether to do any alterations, it would be better that you carry out a RICS Level 3 Survey. This survey is less cheap but it will give you comprehensive details of the Bryn Y Baal property's state of repair in addition to an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .
For more details why not obtain an instant Bryn Y Baal Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to a member of our team.
The vendor said subsidence may be a concern impacting the home. Is this a serious concern, and what can be done to fix subsidence if it is identified?
Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In most cases, subsidence can be corrected. In the case of new builds, the builder should return to a new home within a few months so that they can make minor repairs caused by the settlement.
In areas where clay soil is common, drought can cause the water table to drop. This dries out, causing the clay to contract, putting pressure on the structure and which can result in movement. A sudden change in the weather can also impact a house susceptible to further settlement, either as a result of poor construction, materials or existing damage. Learning the cause of any subsidence should be the first priority. Removing or even pruning the tree(s) causing subsidence may be enough to halt any further movement. Existing trees must be well managed, and new trees should be planted at a safe distance from the exterior walls of the property. Willow trees, for example, are often the culprits of serious subsidence. Buyers are often surprised to learn that a willow tree should be planted no neared than 40m from a home. Even with professional help, a definite diagnosis can take months.
For the Bryn Y Baal RICS Level 2 Survey, what effect can a Condition Rating 1 have on roof coverings?
RICS created the RICS Level 2 Survey to give buyers a clear and easy to read report on the condition of the home they plan to buy. As buyers in Bryn Y Baal are unlikely to be experts in local building techniques and materials themselves, the report is written with as little jargon as possible. Colour coded ratings are used to communicate how serious the issues which the surveyor has discovered actually are. Aspects of the property in good or excellent condition are marked as 'green' with a condition rating of 1. However, frequent maintenance could still be needed. For a Bryn Y Baal property, one example could be mastic on an EPDM roof. Roof coverings, including flat and sloped roofs will be reviewed, provided that access is possible.
How important is it to look into drainage?
Regular rainfall is common in Bryn Y Baal and across the country, but the impact heavy rainfall can have on a property is usually overlooked. As an example, rusted iron elements strongly suggest that the drainage systems are damaged.
That is not to say that drainage problems should cause you to reconsider a purchase. They are usually a simple matter to resolve, if caught early. However, if the drains are not maintained, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and become increasing harder to repair. In the worst case scenario, deterioration of a building's foundations can become fatal to its structural integrity, risking collapse.
Does the Bryn Y Baal home survey include a valuation and reinstatement cost estimate (including costs for reconstructing a boundary wall) and what does it include?
A RICS Level 2 Survey will contain a surveyor valuation and also a reinstatement cost. To estimate the value of the property your independent surveyor should use area knowledge as well as other factors about the property for instance: size. The RICS surveyor will also consider materials used and will make certain other assumptions e.g. there would be no cause to alter the valuation revealed by inspecting parts not inspected. Surveyors don't factor in things like furnishings, for example curtains.
Further Bryn Y Baal assumptions, like the access roads not being in private control, are made in addition to any environmental problems like the property being underneath a flight path, 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 small additional fee. Please call for information. Alternatively a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out.
I am worried about insects in the property in Bryn Y Baal we plan to buy - What should we do?
Pests like termites may sometimes seem a small, even irrelevant, matter when buying in Bryn Y Baal.
Unfortunately, the threat posed by these to property is very real, and can be very expensive to resolve. Signs may not be obvious. As an example, silverfish are common in damp kitchens and bathrooms, but only appear at night, and can therefore be difficult to spot. Treatment for a serious infestation may include removal or excision of affected timber.RICS guidelines on the issue of vermin are something of a 'grey-area', so specific fears should be mentioned to your property surveyor.