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Home Buyers Survey in Chipping Barnet

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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 Chipping Barnet

    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 Chipping Barnet

    The RICS Level 3 Survey (often referred to as a Full Structural Survey in Chipping Barnet) 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

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    Property Valuation Report in Chipping Barnet

    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 choose a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey on a property in Chipping Barnet and which is the cheapest?

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

If the Chipping Barnet property is a flat or maisonette, or was built before 1900, or has been substantially modified, or is built of unusual materials (e.g. timber frame), then RICS recommend the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you are thinking about whether to carry out substantial modifications, you should you book a RICS Level 3 Survey instead. This survey is not as cheap, but it will provide you with comprehensive details of the Chipping Barnet property's state of repair as well as advice on structural defects , repairs and maintenance options .

For more information you can get a Chipping Barnet Survey Quote or call 0800 022 4428 to speak to one of our advisers.

Wall cracks caused by subsidence

The seller mentioned subsidence could be a problem. What subsidence-related defects will my property survey inspect?

Subsidence is movement in a home's foundations. In most situations, subsidence can be corrected. In contrast to subsidence, $heave$ can occur when a tree has been removed water builds up in the soil, which may result in the soil to swell, forcing the foundations above upwards, and can be as destructive as subsidence.

Soil on ground which slopes downward is not as stable as that sitting flat and may become unstable and start to slip downhill. In serious weather, movement can worsen, leading to subsidence, but this is not generally an issue in the UK.

Restoration work cannot begin until the original source of the movement is found. The removal of trees may make the problem worse, however, so professional advice should be sought. 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. 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.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

Can we get Sussex bond advice for the Victorian property we're going to buy?

Brick-built residences demonstrate several benefits, but they will also be affected by several common problems, such as moisture damage.

A defect often found is thermal or other movement. Often vertical cracks appear above the level of the DPC, running the full height of the wall, where this seasonal expansion and contraction occurs. Connolly D at 249 South Park Drive, Ilford, IG3 9AL should give an estimate for any work. Call them on 020 8599 2080.

Other aspects of a property which may feature decorative include alternating courses of brick and stone, e.g. flint. If the surveyor does raise concerns about a brick wall defect or structural issue, it may be wise to speak to a builder before completion to assess the extent and cost of the work.

RICS Level 3 Survey on houses

Do I need to conduct a full structural survey when acquiring a modified Edwardian townhouse near Chipping Barnet rather than a RICS Level 2 Survey?

Very Often referred to as a Structural Survey, it is no longer offered as it has been reclassified by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the proper name is now the RICS Level 3 Survey. When intending to buy a modified house e.g. a dilapidated Chipping Barnet house, it is the most appropriate choice of home survey to purchase. The RICS Level 2 Survey is appropriate if buying a non period unmodified house built out of typical construction materials and methods. Shortly after a thorough survey of the accessible areas of the house, the chartered surveyors report will be delivered to the prospective buyer specifying in depth and serious details concerning the construction materials used on the house. There are certain limitations with a property survey to consider because a RICS surveyor cannot open up the fabric of the of the Chipping Barnet building, an example being moving heavy furniture.

Damage caused by high rainfall

Do I need to consider downspouts, and does our house surveyor mention it?

Despite England's reputation for wet weather the impact rainfall can have on your property is not given the attention it deserves. For example, flaking or efflorescence on external walls suggest that the drainage systems are under performing. Blocked rainwater goods can result in damp and mould.

Whether buying in Chipping Barnet or elsewhere, difficult drainage systems do not necessarily mean that you need to pull out. Such matters are often simple to repair fairly cheaply. If not unblocked on a regular basis, however, the damage can be very costly and time-consuming to remedy.