In a Doncaster RICS Level 2 Survey, what are the usual red-light-rated defects affecting rainwater pipes and gutters?
A condition rating of three (or red) is used to emphasise the most crucial repairs. In some cases, such a rating may indicate further expert opinion is needed before an accurate statement can be given (for example, the suspected existence of asbestos in the house).
Occasionally, an element covered under Section E of the survey (Outside the Property) may be marked as ‘NI’, or 'Not inspected'. Where the surveyor is unable to gain access to some areas, e.g. the roof of a block of flats, these aspects of the report will not be completed.
The drainage system is inspected visually, but this section of the report doesn’t include blocked drains below ground but does cover downspouts discharging onto the ground.
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Should we go for a full structural survey prior to investing in an abandoned, thirties, top-floor flat in Doncaster?
For your information, the Full Structural Survey has been renamed by RICS to the RICS Level 3 Survey but is essentially the same detailed report.
The RICS Level 3 Survey is the best choice when you are purchasing an unusual property (e.g. a flat in poor condition in Doncaster like the one mentioned in the question). The formal report gives important information in relation to the flat’s construction materials in conjunction with any technical details, following a thorough visual inspection of the inside and outside of the main building.
Additionally, flats usually make it harder to survey the building, and your appointed surveyor will only survey the actual flat, although they may provide detail on shared parts of the property (for example, commonly accessible roof spaces).
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Mould caused problems at our old property, and we expect to budget something for roof maintenance at the new house in Doncaster. What should we do about roof repairs?
Properties in and around Doncaster that are otherwise ideal can be hiding serious damage to the roof. From purlins to parapet walls, every part of the roof must be reviewed by the surveyor, who could suggest that some of the faults must be dealt with immediately.
Fixing a leaking roof can be the cause of serious accidents, which is why modern contractors refuse to work without scaffolding. A quote (or several) for any necessary work should be acquired as soon as possible. Try contacting Turner Roofing, 30 Imperial Crescent, Doncaster, DN2 5BU (Tel: 01302 344869) for assistance and more details.
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We are buying a property in Doncaster but are worried about pests. Do we need a surveyor?
Doncaster homebuyers should be aware that there is no legal obligation for a seller to disclose a vermin problem, and, when purchasing a home, this matter should be borne firmly in mind. Additionally, an affected home may not always be easy to identify.
For example, woodworm can be extremely destructive, but fortunately their 'tunnels' in timber and wood furniture are usually quite easy to spot. Treatment for insect infestation may include chemical treatment and destruction of tainted materials. Rather than pulling out of the transaction, it may be possible to agree a reduction in the purchase price to cover the cost of remedy.
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There is a flat in the DN4 postcode area priced at £80,000. What things does a surveyor consider when calculating house prices in Doncaster?
A qualified RICS surveyor will go to the property as well as considering the wealth of area knowledge and factors that have a bearing on the value of property. There are a huge number of issues that could affect house prices (for example, the quality of nearby schools, or whether the garden is overlooked). It can help to benchmark selling-prices recorded for similar properties in Doncaster.
This means the average price of completed transactions for flats in Doncaster in June 2018 was £77,643, which is £2,356 less than the asking price for the cited property. With regards to other types of property, the averages for the same month in Doncaster were:
Information © 2018 HM Land Registry. Retrieved from HM Land Registry website on 16 August 2018
An impartial way to get a formal house valuation is with a RICS Level 2 Survey, which includes a Property Valuation Report (PVR) as a core component. A qualified RICS surveyor will be part of the Valuer Registration Scheme, which reinforces professional standards.
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Can I get an independent and professional valuation and cost of rebuild estimate for the maisonette in Doncaster, and what does it include?
A RICS Level 2 Survey on a Doncaster building will include a valuation and a reinstatement (rebuilding) cost estimate as a standard part of the survey and covers rebuild costs for permanent outbuildings such as a garage and retaining walls.
To estimate the correct valuation, your RICS valuer will use their in-depth knowledge of the Doncaster property market and other things about the property: the style of architecture, construction methods, key assumptions (e.g. there are no hazardous materials in the construction), services and amenities access, and any significant Doncaster environmental concerns such as planning proposals.
A RICS Level 3 Survey does not include a valuation as standard, but we can add one for a small additional fee. Alternatively, a Property Valuation Report (PVR) can be carried out, if you are only interested in the valuation portion of the survey.
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We are buying a Doncaster house with stone walls. Which problems should we consider, and will the surveyor offer any advice?
There are numerous defects and issues associated with stone-built houses. The properties of a stone can affect wear as much as upkeep or construction. Bear in mind that some defects will affect regular or irregularly cut stone equally, whereas others will not, and may require a local surveyor’s expertise to identify.
Regular courses of ashlar (cut stone) are often used as a finish to irregular stone walls, with a brick or rubble wall beneath. These walls will need frequent upkeep.
Ask your surveyor for more details, although the report may specify cleaning loose fragments and dirt before repointing, or applying any treatment or fixative, to slow decay.
If, during carrying out maintenance, you need further advice, contact a Doncaster firm.
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We are buying a residence in Doncaster; does the residential surveyor check for possible water damage, or if the garden has been affected?
In recent years, records for being the wettest year have been regularly broken and widely reported. And the Environment Agency estimates that 1 in 6 homes is at risk of some kind of flooding.
Both buyers and homeowners in areas at risk of flooding are therefore right to be worried. A flood-alert service, with regular updates, is operated by the Environment Agency.
Flooding can increase the likelihood of water entering a home, such as via loose patio doors or through the air bricks. The RICS Level 3 Survey will include details of any evidence of historical flooding, and may comment generally about the area's propensity to flood. Oral enquiries can sometimes be made of the property owner or occupier, but this information may not be accurate and merely anecdotal.
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