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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 Cowes

    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 Cowes

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

    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

Should we opt for a RICS Level 2 Survey, RICS Level 3 Survey or Full Structural Survey on a house in Cowes and which is the cheapest?

The Full Structural Survey has been updated to a RICS Level 3 Survey, however it is basically the same the same comprehensive survey.

If the Cowes property is a flat or maisonette, or is 100 or more years old, or has been structurally altered, or is of non standard construction, you should go for the cheaper RICS Level 2 Survey.

If you intend to do any alterations, it would be better that you opt for a RICS Level 3 Survey. This option is not as cheap but it does offer exhaustive analysis of the Cowes property's general condition as well as including more detailed advice on defects as well as maintenance options .

For more detailed advice you can get a Cowes Homebuyers Survey Quote or call us 0800 022 4428 to speak to our survey team.

Damaged Render

What will the Property Surveyor look for on a roughcast rendered (stucco) Victorian home in Cowes.

Stucco (sometimes called pargetting) is really a specific type of render. Normally stucco is layered over brick to form a smooth and even finish. The effect is very attractive and is often found on Georgian properties for example. Specialists say that it is similar to plaster in its nature. It may have lime in it as well as plant fibres to help stop cracks. it can be prone to defect and Cowes surveyors commonly detail potentially expensive to remedy problems which might include trapped water resulting in problems with damp requiring costly repairs. Other potential problems might include when the render has been taken down to ground level bypassing the Damp Proof Course. Re-applying problems can be difficult and costly as the skills are becoming harder to find.

External brick wall issue identified during property survey

Can we get Scottish bond repair advice for the Victorian house we are purchasing? Does render make a difference?

Brick-built Cowes houses do benefit from many advantages over stone-built property. Unfortunately, they also indicate various issues and defects, such as spalling. Where relevant, these will be discussed in the survey report, with solutions or likely results if they are not resolved. An especially severe issue is rusted ties (this decay can be accelerated by black ash mortar often found in older properties). This expansion of the ties as they rust causes horizontal cracks leading to structural issues.

To arrange a quote for repairs, contact a local specialist, e.g. Quinn Brickwork Ltd at 51 Water End Rd, Maulden, Bedford, MK45 2BD on 01525 861511.

For buyers with an eye for detail, less used styles of brick course include herringbone bond, which has a distinctive L-shaped pattern. 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.

Subsidence resulting from soft clay soil

Do clay soil foundations be an issue for Cowes home? Can my Cowes Home Survey consider this?

Subsidence is often the result of unseen, subterranean causes, including clay soil. Specific issues include soil movement. Buyers should be vigilant for signs of clay soil subsidence or heave. Visible results may be anything from small cracks in the bedroom wall to a difficult-to-open bedroom window. Steps like after flooding or heavy rain, checking for standing water around the building can help maintain clay-rich soil, but a purchaser should discuss specifics with the surveyor if extensive upkeep is warranted. 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.