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Home Buyers Survey in Burnham

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The content of survey reports will vary considerably due to factors including the age, type, location and condition of the property, and materials used in its construction.

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Do you need a Home Buyers Survey? Which survey is the right choice?

  • House suitable for a RICS Level 2 Survey

    RICS Level 2 Survey in Burnham

    The RICS Level 2 Survey is the best choice if planning to purchase a home made of conventional materials i.e. brick & tile, in reasonable order and built in the last 100 years. Find out more

  • Property suitable for a RICS Level 3 Survey

    RICS Level 3 Survey in Burnham

    The RICS Level 3 Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Burnham) will also be carried out by a MRICS or FRICS accredited surveyor and is more exhaustive. Choose this for non standard property such as thatched or older homes. Find out more

  • Surveyor carrying out a Property Valuation

    Property Valuation Report in Burnham

    This is an independent chartered surveyor valuation of the property. This is typically chosen by mortgage free buyers or someone requiring a formal valuation e.g. matrimonial dispute. Find out more


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RICS Level 2 Survey

Is it best to select a RICS Level 2 Survey, Full Structural Survey or RICS Level 3 Survey for a property in Burnham and which one is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS as a RICS Level 3 Survey, however it is effectively the same survey.

If the Burnham property is a flat, or is a period property, or has been structurally modified, or is built of unusual materials, then RICS recommend the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you intend to make an extension, it would be better that you choose a RICS Level 3 Survey. This survey is less cheap, however it does give you exhaustive analysis of the Burnham property's condition and it includes advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Burnham Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to one of our advisers.

RICS Level 2 Survey valuation

Does a survey include a valuation and cost of rebuild estimate (including the cost of reconstructing a garage) and what does it include?

The RICS Level 2 Survey includes a valuation in addition to a rebuilding cost. To ascertain an accurate estimate of the value of the building your RICS valuer will factor in experience of property in Burnham and other considerations relating to the property for instance: state of repair Surveyors also evaluate certain fixtures and fittings and draw upon other assumptions like there being no serious defects. Surveyors ignore certain things like furnishings.

Further area assumptions, for example connection to sewers, are made in addition to local environmental problems like brine mining activity, which are also considered as part of the valuation.

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.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

What effect does clay soil have on a house's foundations? Does the RICS Level 3 Survey cover this, and what defects will be reported on?

Clay soil can create numerous issues for home owners. Specific problems include soil movement, capable of irreparably damaging a home if untreated. There are two terms used to describe clay soils likely to be problematic, 'expansive' and 'reactive'. If a home owner is aware that the surrounding soil has a high clay content, they should monitor for possible signs. .

If present, expansive clay soil can put lateral pressure on a Burnham home'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 ensuring that the ground level declines away from the house. 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.

External walls

On a RICS Level 2 Survey carried out in Burnham, what impact can a an amber light rating have on main walls?

The format of the RICS Level 2 Survey is clear and easy to read. The surveyor uses a scale between 1 and 3 to show to what extent each defect requires attention. An 'amber' condition rating of 2 implies that some repair work is needed to arrest further decay. This may not be urgent, however. Some areas may be marked as 'Not inspected'. Irrelevant subsections of the RICS Level 2 Survey, like an assessment of a conservatory where the home in question does not have one, are disregarded.

Note that concealed elements will not be considered. Damp proofing, including the DPC, is also included here. A missing lintel element is an example.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Is wet weather an issue in Burnham? Can damaged rainwater goods decrease our property's value?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather this issue is often overlooked by property buyers. If you have only seen the house you are buying in on a clear day, defects may not have been obvious. Blocked rainwater goods can result in rising damp.

Fortunately, this is usually easy to repair. If not unblocked on a regular basis, the resulting damage can lower the value of the property and will get increasingly difficult to successfully resolve.

Conservation area

Will there be any things I would need to verify when intending to buy a house in Burnham in the vicinity of conservation area ?

There are nearly 10, 000 of designated conservation areas in the UK which are governed by local authorities.

Home Buyers Surveys in Burnham must possess knowledge of relevant local area factors and any effect they have with the home. Values will probably be more than prices outside the area owing to them being preserved. However many of them are falling into have been neglected and are in shoddy condition e.g. out of keeping extensions

Property surveyors are trained to advise if the planned purchase might be classified as such and Section I Issues for your legal advisers of a Burnham RICS Level 2 Survey will recommend further investigations are carried out by your solicitor. Unconsented extensions that do not have Local Authority approval should be noted, however these should be investigated by the solicitor.