Should we choose a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Caerwent and which one would be cheaper?
The Full Structural Survey has changed its name to a RICS Level 3 Survey but is effectively the same level of survey.
If the Caerwent property is a flat, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), RICS advise a cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.
If you are planning to do any major works on the Caerwent property, RICS recommend you book a RICS Level 3 Survey instead. This more detailed survey is not as cheap however it does give an in-depth analysis of the Caerwent property's condition as well as an opinion on defects as well as maintenance options .
If in doubt you can get a Caerwent Homebuyers Survey Quote via our website or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to a member of our team.
Mould caused problems in the old property. I am particularly concerned about the state of the roof. What does the chartered surveyor investigate during the survey?
Houses in Caerwent in otherwise fine condition could feature problems like cracked and loose slates or tiles. Every element should be checked, e.g. decking. The are also numerous flat-roofed properties in Caerwent, including many apartment blocks. In these cases, the property surveyors will look for a range of signs, including 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. Prior to exchange, it may be worth sourcing from a builder from the area a quote for any suggested work.
I know that Caerwent subsidence is a problem. What are the risks, and what possible solutions are to available to fix this?
Subsidence is the movement of the foundations of a structure which compromises its structural integrity. Most structures experience minor cracking which will not affect the building's structure. Most homes are constructed from a range of materials. These will contract at different rates.
Cracks are a clear suggestion of subsidence, but they may be harmless. 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.
Finding the cause of any subsidence is key. 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, with no underpinning required. In some more serious situations, underpinning may be necessary. Underpinning is a lengthy process used to stabilise the foundations of a property, and is required in around a quarter of subsidence matters. A surveyor will be able to tell you if there is subsidence in your home or not, and what is causing it.
We are concerned about an infestation. What advice should we get?
Be aware that your solicitor's forms may not ask about this issue. Regrettably, pests can impact a home's worth and carry serious health risks. An affected building may not always be easy to identify. As an example, sliverfish (lepisma saccharina), are rarely visible during the day. They will digest paper and wallpaper paste, but are more a symptom of damp than a serious problem themselves. Remedies to insect infestation can include professional cleaning or removal of infected furniture.RICS guidelines on the issue of pests are something of a 'grey-area', so specific fears should be mentioned to your RICS surveyor.
Does a surveyor report on the condition of the gas flues?
The RICS chartered surveyor will locate and visually survey the easily accessible parts of the gas system. The surveyor will look at gas (and oil heaters) where relevant, as well as gas related fixtures e.g. associated asbestos. However, the Caerwent chartered surveyor will not remove the fittings and surveyors are not qualified to run any tests on the serviceability of the system. Needless to say, gas is potentially fatal, should you have any worries relating to gas installations, call a gas engineer.
Gas regulations stipulate landlords are obligated to carry out appliance and installation inspections every 12 months. Non compliance penalties are harsh .
What problems will the Property Surveyor look for on a spar dash rendered (stucco) regency house in Caerwent which I am thinking of purchasing.
Stucco is just a kind of render. Normally stucco render is applied to brick that sets to a smooth stone like appearance. The effect is highly appealing and is found on Victorian and Georgian houses. Stucco is often problematic and Caerwent RICS Level 2 Surveys can detail any number of problems e.g. lateral cracking that follows the mortar joints underneath.
Another example of problems associated with stucco could be when water gets in under DPCs which causes large areas of detachment. Resolving problems can be expensive as despite the craft being thousands of years old, the skills are becoming more difficult to find.
In the RICS Level 2 Survey, what will 'E9 - Other' include?
The format of the RICS Level 2 Survey is clear and easy to read, with a minimum of technical jargon. The report uses colour coded condition ratings to give buyers in Caerwent a clear understanding of the severity of defects uncovered during the survey.
The part of the RICS Level 2 Survey mentions other aspects which do not fit into the other categories. Contact your surveyor if you require more information. A sagging conservatory floor surface, for example, would be reported here.